Another Way of Looking at Aging

It ought to be evident that my aging is a non-problem to me. I’m thrilled to be my age, and each day is its own with no concern for the morrow. If I make it to tomorrow, that’s a good thing, but this day is my blessing, so I live it as best I can. But this is me.

Some aging people live in a state of frustration because they are unable (or have great difficulty) to do today what they could do yesterday. Being able and then suddenly unable must be painful both emotionally and mentally. Yet, getting older is unavoidable, nevertheless.

All of us had to live our life as it came to us. Some were and are more successful and achieving than others but live our lives we did. As we did, success and failure came our way. Look back on your experiences, and they tell the story. The story also is about our relationships. Whether we enjoyed and grew from them, or if they merely came and went leaving little or no impact on us.

My history was full of people, and I know, without question, that their influence on me changed me and added much to the person I was constantly becoming. As I’ve previously written, my Japanese prisoners taught me much about communication and relationships. We cared for each other as family, and we were.

The captain of our company on Okinawa influenced the rest of my life. In just a few hours, he made it apparent that I was capable of much more than I believed before our brief interaction. To this day, those experiences still resonate within me.

Some of the aging population may have placed too much on what they were. The expectation that the past will continue to be is a false road to follow. My wish for them is that they would look down at the steps they are taking forward—instead of always looking backward to what lies behind them. I see my foot in front of me and look forward to unknown horizons.


Author: Sy Ogulnick

Sy Ogulnick received a BA from UCLA, Teacher’s Credential from Los Angeles Board of Education and completed phase I (Master’s portion) in a Doctor of Behavioral Science program at California Coast University. Sy leased and operated a summer day camp in LA. He and his wife then purchased virgin wilderness land in Northern CA, where they built and operated a coed summer camp. They moved to Las Vegas, NV, and purchased, built and operated a community children’s program for families staying in a major resort casino in Las Vegas. They have created programs for children nationwide that employed many people and in the process developed successful training programs for personnel. This led Sy to lecture on how to train staff and the creating of community within the workplace. Sy was then invited to speak at professional conferences on how best to hire and train employees, which led to his becoming a consultant in the art of improving relationships in a work environment and eventually to his epiphany that “Leaders are the primary problem and the answer to the personnel issues that arise in the workplace.” Sy has written numerous papers on the subject of interpersonal relationships, leadership and power. He has lectured throughout the United States, has been interviewed by the media and has appeared on many radio and TV talk shows

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