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OCTOBER 2015 - A Philosophy For Aging

October 15, 2015 11:32 AM | Linda Wilson (Administrator)

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we are kids?  If you are less than 10 years old, you’re so excited about aging that you think in fractions.  “How old are you?”  “I’m 4 and a half!”  You are 4 and a half, GOING on 5.  That’s the key!


You GET into your teens and now they can’t hold you back.  You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.  “How old are you?”  “I’m gonna be 16!” You could be 13, but you’re gonna be 16.  And then, the greatest day of your life…you BECOME 21.  Even the words sound like a ceremony.  


You BECOME 21…YESSSSSSSS!


But then, you TURN 30.  Oooohhh, what happened there?  Makes you sound like bad milk!  He TURNED; we had to throw him out.  There’s no fun now, you’re just a sour-dumpling.  What’s wrong?  What’s changed?


You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re PUSHING 40…Whoa! Put on the breaks, it’s all slipping away!  Before you know it, you REACHED 50 And you believe your dreams are gone.  


But wait!!!  You MAKE IT to 60.  You didn’t think you would! 

So, you BECOME 21, 

TURN 30, 

PUSH 40,

REACH 50 

And MAKE IT to 60.

You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70!  After that it’s a day-by-day thing; you HIT Saturday, October 17, 2015!


You GET into your 80’s and everyday is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime.  And it doesn’t end there.  Onto the 90’s you start going backwards; “I was just 92!”


Then, a strange thing happens.  If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again!  “I’m 100 and a half!”  May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!

How to stay young:

  1. Throw away the nonessential numbers.  This includes age, weight, height Let the doctors worry about them.  That’s what you pay ‘them’ for.
  2. Keep only cheerful friends.  The grouches bring you down.
  3. Keep Learning.  Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever…Never let the brain become idle,  ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’  And the devil’s name is Dementia.
  4. Enjoy the simple things.
  5. Laugh often, long and loud.  Laugh until you gasp for a breath.
  6. The tears happen.  Endure, grieve, and then move on.  The only person who will be with us our entire lives is ourselves.  Be ALIVE while you are living.
  7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it is family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.  Your home is your refuge.
  8. Cherish your health.  If it is good, preserve it.  If it is unstable, improve it.  If it’s beyond what you can improve, get help.
  9. Don’t take GUILT TRIPS.  Take a trip to the mall, even to the next County; go to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.
  10. Tell the people that you love them, at every opportunity.


AND ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.


Very Special Thanks to George Carlin


Comments

  • October 17, 2015 8:42 AM | Helen Sipsas
    Good timely advice! Just celebrated my husband's 50th birthday yesterday and I'm not too far behind him - still scratching my head trying to figure out how this happened and where we go from here! :)
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  • October 17, 2015 12:50 PM | Joyce Zorger
    Always loved this contribution by George Carlin. Thank you, Christy for sharing it here. Also, for the words to live by in the 1 to 10. Life is indeed precious. I remind myself of all the "F" words when I count my blessings, Faith, Family, Friends, Fun, and Feather Ranch with all of our four-footed, furried and feathered family who share this land with us. Blessings of JOY, JOYce
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