For Bruce Tretter, getting older shouldn’t affect how you treat every day.
I’m sure you’ve heard it when you’ve wished someone happy birthday. Maybe you’ve even said it yourself. “Oh, please, don’t remind me; I feel so old already.”
There’s a line I use when I hear that. Actually, it’s something I try to live by: “You’ll never again be as young as you are right now. So, enjoy your youth.” Hey, it usually gets me a smile.
Sure, all I have to do is look in the mirror, and I’m quickly reminded that I’m not 18 any more. My hair jumped off my head about two-thirds of my life ago. The bright side of that—and there’s always a bright side—is that I’ve got a wash-and-wear head that hasn’t needed a comb in decades.
The rest of my head? Yeah, you bet. It takes me a little longer every morning to unfold my face. But that’s fine; I love using power tools. “Bruce, the only thing that’s really gonna’ help is smiling—a lot.” Smiling makes me feel a little bit better, and it’s also the best way I’ve found to make my wrinkles line up symmetrically. I love symmetry.
That symmetry applies to much more than lines on my face. It’s about enjoying every moment in life: the ups, downs, and everything in between. I sure know the downs can be painfully devastating. Life, at times, sure is not fair. But who ever said it had to be? Without the downs, there’s no way to feel how great—how full, how satisfying—those ups should really be. Knowing that alone is worth a smile.
So, yes. It’s true. I’m not 18 anymore, but I’m still as young as I’ll ever be, and I’m sure gonna enjoy my youth for all it’s worth. How about you?
—Photo Bruce Tretter