I think my warranty is up

A distinction with a difference, by Steph Waller:

My personal philosophy is that I am the driver of my body-vehicle, not the vehicle itself. That’s what has made aging easier for me than it was before I really grasped that idea. Like a car, my body ages, but I, the driver inside, am the same age I ever was — I am ageless. My dreams brought this home to me this morning because in my dreams I am never any younger or older than about 30. That means something to me and, as I step into the final phase of my time on this planet, it’s a comfort.

I hadn’t thought about this before, but my own dream experience is similar: unless it’s spelled out early on that it’s the childhood version of me, there’s no real indication of my age in any of my dreams. Certainly the infirmities of age don’t play any role therein.

As for driver vs. vehicle, this sounds something like C. S. Lewis: “You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.” And there are worse things in life than sounding something like C. S. Lewis, whether or not you subscribe to Lewis’ particular faith.

You should read the whole piece; there’s much in it about the place dreams occupy in our lives, and why they’re there in the first place.


  1. Marcel »

    5 January 2010 · 1:43 pm

    “You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.”

    I think that’s from ‘A Canticle for Leibowitz.’ Great quote, no matter who said it.

  2. Steph »

    5 January 2010 · 3:54 pm

    I love that quote, that’s why I’m stealing it for my sidebar!

  3. Wry Mouth »

    5 January 2010 · 11:13 pm

    Over here, from Hatless in Hattiesburg.

    I am one of those that believes (after playing worship music with an old jazz bass-player, and chatting with my 77-yr-old pop and 7-yr-old son) that we are all the same age underneath it all.

    I told my class the other day (and two kids actually went, “hmm!”) that there is an age they look forward to being, and that older people look back to, and that *that* “age” is the one I think we all are. Ultimately.

    Thanks for the post. Made my day.

  4. Hatless in Hattiesburg »

    6 January 2010 · 7:01 am

    humans, bodies, & humans’ bodies…

    Since I think about this kind of thing a lot (too much, probably), I’d agree with this view from both theological and personal viewpoints. As smart as my dad is, he doesn’t seem to think about these things, which only now seems unfortunate as he stru…

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