Aging with grace

by Volker Weber

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This is a table I have owned for 30+ years. It has a hard surface and soft sides. And it has aged rather well. It does not look new but it is nicely worn in. If it were a wooden table, it would have aged even better.

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Everything you use every day will suffer from little accidents. This is my MacBook which fell off a table. But it's all aluminium. It develops dents and scratches, but the material takes these very well.

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That is the edge of a metal lens hood. It has protected the glass more than once. The black paint will come off the edges of cameras. All these little accidents tell the story of an item that has been used and abused. That wasn't just sitting pretty.

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Wear and tear shows that tools have been useful. This Microsoft Surface 3 has seen the world. And it has aged gracefully. Because it wasn't made out of cheap plastic.

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Don't cover up your scars and imperfections. Don't color your grey hair. Age with grace.

Comments

Very nice posting! :)

Ingo Seifert, 2016-02-16

I can't color hair I don't have. On the up side, I never have a bad hair day!

Bill Brown, 2016-02-16

Good advice for furniture. And humans too.

Scott Hanson, 2016-02-16

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