Life seemed so good when I was in my twenties
Before time left me looking old and gray
I used to play soccer and gaelic football
And I could run and chase the ball all day.
I was never much good at soccer or gaelic football
Though like many others I too dreamt of fame
But I did not play for self esteem and honours
I only played because I loved the game.
I wish that I could have stayed in my twenties
Life is much better for those in their prime
But on looking back three decades passed so quickly
And one can't turn back the hands of time.
It has been said that with gray hairs there's wisdom
But as is often is the case it isn't so
Some people as they age they grow less tolerant
And they seemed to have more wisdom years ago.
The best years of my life were in my twenties
When I could run and chase the ball all day
And don't tell me that in gray hairs there is wisdom
When it is more a sign of ageing and decay.
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