Over the holidays I chose not only to relax, but went to see “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” a movie depicting a man aging in reverse.
I work with older people everyday, as a geriatric care manager. I also have a 19 month old daughter. I often come home after visiting clients, struck by the similarities between the human experiences of those in old age and infancy. Diapers, soft foods, a limited vocabulary, dependency on another, and the need for patience, compassion and a sense of humor from those who are caring for them.
This topic of aging is rich with material! The movie moved me to think about friends, human kindness, love and loss. I was awash with memories and reminded of how important it is to cherish each moment (this too shall pass) and to follow my heart, no matter what. I was moved by the women caregivers in this movie who had such compassion. They demonstrated the capacity to love what others might consider unlovable.
I was also reminded that we are all ordinary in older age in that no matter what kind of material success we have created or not created in our lives, our physical bodies all go through a similar process in our passing from this world.
I’d be curious to know what the movie struck in you! Let me hear from you.