Every time one more favorite TV show is cut from the schedule because it doesn't appeal to the prime advertising market of 20- to 30-year-olds, I begin to understand why the dinosaurs of old disappeared. They were replaced by some new attraction and simply faded away out of boredom.
On the other hand, old age is definitely underrated. It can be the first time in your life when you really have time to live. There are things to do that you never had time for in your working or child-rearing days. There are new interests to explore, whether it be music, art, drama or bungee jumping. Well, you might want to rethink the bungee jumping. There is a greater interest in renewing friendships as well as stepping out into exciting new circles of people.
As the Bible's book of Ecclesiastes says, "For everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven ..." We all have seasons that we remember in our lives. For instance, I can remember a short period in college when I knew everything! You could have asked me any question and I would have had a ready answer. The environment ... no problem. Race relations ... I had all the solutions. World peace ... well, give me a minute and then I could accomplish it. This period did not last very long, of course, but I can still recall the feeling of being absolutely right about every issue. Actually, we are lucky this phase or season does not persist - it's a good way to lose friends and endanger your own life.