Class: Eng101 Student: YoonJung Kim Professor: Teddy Chocos Being old is nothing to start new things, just physical change According to the development of society, the population of old people is increasing, such as people could live longer than before thanks to the development of medicine. Even though people can live longer than before, many people consider that being old is similar to be lethargic person because they consider that the old are waiting their death and society makes him/her retire from their works and treat them as burden. However, people have to acknowledge that being old is just physical factor and is not obstacle to challenge to new things. The old can do everything like the young, such as climbing or travelling because their mind is not getting old like physical factor, and the old don’t want to wait their death. Katherine Barrett who wrote ‘Old Before Her Time’ dealt with the story of a woman ‘Patty Moore’ who experienced the life of the old by disguising herself as eighty-five-year-old woman. During her experience, she met a man who has open mind and wanted to challenge to new things. According to Moore, “Life does go on… as long as you’re flexible and open to change. He was real old-fashioned gentleman, yet not afraid to show his feelings-as so many men my age are”(106). During meeting with him, she felt that he wants to challenge to new things, such as meeting with new person or experiencing new adventure. Even though he is getting old, he wanted to challenge to new things because he knows that life is still moving and it is wasting time to wait death. According to article ‘The Graying Of America’, the old start to enjoy their lives and challenge to new things. It states, “Seniors themselves have brought about this image change. Older Americans played an important part in the “fitness craze” of the 1970s and 1980s. Some, like 74year-old James Jay, run marathons. Others are more daring: Hulda Crooks climbed more than 90 mountains after she reached the age of 65. Many more continue to work part-time or do volunteer work after their retirement”(35). Many old people start to challenge about new things because they wanted to enjoy their lives regardless of their ages. Their physical factor might be hard to challenge to new things, but their minds are same as young people who want to challenge or adventure. Like these, being old is nothing to the old who want to challenge or experience new things because there is no late age to do new things, and they don’t want to just wait their death. People have to realize that being old is physical factor, and it doesn’t matter to start or challenge to new things because the old can challenge to new things or experience to new works, and they don’t want to be treated as burden or the person who waits his/her death. If society and other people consider that being old is nothing, the old can start to live new life easier than before because society makes people retire when they are old. However, if society doesn’t treat them as society’s burden, they could keep works in their fields or challenge to new works. For the old who is still increased, society and people have to think that getting old is nothing to challenge or experience new things and being old is just physical change.