What is a summary of the poem "On Aging" by Maya Angelou?

What is a summary of the poem “On Aging” by Maya Angelou?

What is a summary of the poem “On Aging” by Maya Angelou?

What is a summary of the poem “On Aging” by Maya Angelou?
The speaker is telling the listeners that they are incorrect if they assume that her life is over and done. Perhaps the activity level has decreased and/or slowed from years past; perhaps the conversation doesn’t come as easily as it used to. This does not mean that the speaker needs assistance or company. It may simply reflect that the speaker has different interests than s/he formerly had.When you see me sitting quietly,Like a sack left on the shelf,Don’t think I need your chattering.I’m listening to myself.The speaker will accept “understanding” from others but wants no “sympathy” because none is needed. The activities may be slower or more awkward than in younger years, but they are still happening. The speaker wants listeners to understand very clearly that “tired don’t mean lazy.” While the speaker’s appearance, physical stamina, and other external abilities may have changed, “I’m the same person I was back then”, still giving thanks for being alive and that fact that “I can still breathe in.”