(Response to essay: " The Virtues of Growing Older" by Jean Siskin (The Longman Audience p. 343-347)]
There Are Plusses to Aging
In her dissertation, " The Virtues of Growing Older, ” Carol Siskin analyzes drawback of being young, and the plusses of being outdated. Using examples from her own activities, she compares and clashes these two levels of life. She examines three primary topics: appearance, life options, and self-concept. At the level I am in my life, I possess begun to appreciate what Siskin is discussing.
As for appearance, I have become confident with my body, and i also tend toward comfort above fashion. At the same time, I have two younger sisters who lately started high school. They are on the stage that Siskin mentions about children: obsessing more than their looks and trying to " fit into. " Being the opposite to that are my parents. Quite happy with themselves, that they enjoy style and workout, but are no more slaves to create.
The second subject Siskin introduces is making critical decisions about a person's life. Because an adolescent, key decisions that can affect the rest of your life are around every nook. I thought picking out a job and a college was hard enough. Mother and father, who have become in their forties, have gone through school and various careers. They have become married. They have had youngsters. Yes, they may have more choices to make inside their lifetimes, however they have already confronted many of the crucial decisions bombarding those who are just starting out.
Thirdly, Siskin mentions the notion of self-concept. She talks about " the uncertainty you really feel about your values, goals, dreams” as an adolescent and trying to find out just who you will be. Likewise, my own sisters and I are still finding ourselves and our responsibility to become and love themselves. My parents, alternatively, know who they are. Content with themselves, they are happier than they may have ever been.