As their bodies gets old, most people will have some form of physical challenge. The age of a person is seen when they meet a stranger and talk about all their health problems. They wear their problems like an Army General, stars on their shoulders, for all the battles they have fought in life. On the other hand, if the old person is healthy, he will keep on mentioning his age to show how fit he is. “At my age, I can still do this and that.” So age becomes our identity. I would love to ask them, “After so many years, can you sit in silence and experience nothingness? How many lives have you transformed? Have you seen God?” All these years are for this. Being proud or complaining about your age is of no use. How you have utilized your years gives value to your age. If you live to be 80, the stories of you life should be shared. As bees around honey, younger people will want to be around you. They will want you to become a mentor to them. Inspire them. They wish they could have a life like yours. Then you will have earned the stars on your shoulder. — Satish Daryanani

General George S Patton wearing his 4-star service cap.