Experience paradox as wonder,
In one way,
You could think of ageing as
The expiration of novelty in your life.
Getting older sucks
(…at least based on my experience)
But it is also a privilege,
Because many people die before they get the chance to grow old.
Don’t get too attached to your consciousness,
It won’t last forever.
Never forget that you are a monkey in clothes,
And so is everyone else.
You could think of your sense of humour as a filter,
One that draws the right people into your life.
To have someone (or something) to love
Than to be loved yourself.
Though both are preferable.
Our individual circles of compassion are rather small.
We care, perhaps, for (most of) our family, and our friends
Not so much for others outside of that circle
And not at all for those we call our enemies.
If we worked to cultivate wider circles of compassion
(…and how far is possible here?)
Much of the suffering could be avoided.