As my patient population aged, I heard more and more complaints about life’s daily aches and pains, and how annoying they were. I would commiserate:
I know. I get them, too. I was complaining to my wife about them, and she said to me, “We both have friends who died way too young. And wouldn’t they gladly exchange some aches and pains and wrinkles and sagging skin for more time with their families and friends?” When I think about it that way, I accept what’s going on and feel happy about it.