A month or so ago, I rewatched the episode of Game of Thrones where Maester Aemon dies. Though I’ve heard them at least twice before, if not more, this time, they chilled me:
“I dreamed that I was old.”
I’ve read essays and opinions that we all put much too much import on last words, as though they have the ability to sum up a life or impart some parting wisdom. But when scriptwriters can script your last words, well, they better be the type that stick with you.
I’ve had this prompt bookmarked for myself since then. It hasn’t materialized into work yet, but it will. In the meantime, I share it for anyone who’s inspired by the concept that aging is nothing but a young person’s dream.
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