2018年英语四级美文：How to Grow Old
1.How to Grow Old
2.Psychologically there are two dangers to be guarded against in old age.
3.One of these is undue absorption in the past.
4.It does not do to live in memories,
5.in regrets for the good old days, or in sadness about friends who are dead.
6.One’s thoughts must be directed to the future,
7.and to things about which there is something to be done.
8.This is not always easy; one’s own past is a gradually increasing weight.
9.It is easy to think to oneself that one’s emotions used to be more vivid than they are,
10.and one’s mind more keen.
11.If this is true it should be forgotten,
12.and if it is forgotten it will probably not be true.
13.The other thing to be avoided is clinging to youth
14.in the hope of sucking vigor from its vitality.
15.When your children are grown up they want to live their own lives,
16.and if you continue to be as interested in them as you were when they were young,
17.you are likely to become a burden to them.
18.Animals become indifferent to their young
19.as soon as their young can look after themselves,
20.but human beings, owing to the length of infancy, find this difficult.
21.I think that a successful old age is easiest for those
22.who have strong impersonal interests involving appropriate activities.
23.It is in this sphere that long experience is really fruitful,
24.and it is in this sphere that the wisdom born of experience
25.can be exercised without being oppressive.
26.It is no use telling grown-up children not to make mistakes,
27.both because they will not believe you,
28.and because mistakes are an essential part of education.
29.But if you are one of those who are incapable of impersonal interests,
30.you may find that your life will be empty
31.unless you concern yourself with your children and grandchildren.
32.In that case you must realize that
33.while you can still render them material services,
34.you must not expect that they will enjoy your company.