WINNER, Firebird Book Award, 2024.
“A touching, introspective exploration of life as we age . . . an exploration of what it means to truly live the beauty of life before it’s gone.” —Ryan Lindner, Author of The Half-Known Life: What Matters Most When You’re Running Out of Time
“An authentic and moving narrative with fittingly beautiful and powerful writing.” —International Review of Books
“A candid reflections on life . . . at a time when the trail’s end is closer than where it began.” —MIdwest Book Review
When we are young, we think little about growing old. But time soon catches up with us: the first gray hair, a buckling knee, the purchase of reading glasses, or when a heart attack at the age of 56 rattles your world and reminds you that none of us gets out of here alive. In this meditative and intimate personal narrative on the act of aging, David W. Berner discovers how to accept and revel in the present, when the days that remain are fewer than those that have passed, and offers a path for celebrating life’s final chapters. Through the lessons of seasonal change, the natural world, literature, and spirituality, Berner gives us a kind of instruction book on the art of growing older, challenging us to accept aging’s transformative powers. As a keen observer of the world, he forms a guiding philosophy on how to discover joy in the time we have left and nourishment in life’s remaining seasons.