I do think about aging. I have those moments of panic and vanity, but life keeps getting better, so you can't worry about it too much.
Over the last week or so I found myself in a wide variety of settings from a sedate church service, various medical facility waiting rooms, a wedding that went from sedate to raucous, a class filled with folks around my age and the many day to day locations we all visit. I was again amazed at how young some so-called old folks are and how old some young people seem to be. I find myself somewhere in the middle lately as my body seems reluctant to follow my mental sense of adventure, but we are working on restoration that will bring me back into more activity. In fact yesterday morning I restarted my workouts and will increase the effort until I am back to where I was.
But I also have seen that physical limitations should not be the measurement of a youthful existence, rather I find that real youth is found in ones zest for life. I love the inquiring minds of so many of my friends who are well beyond retirement. These smart and wonderful people tend to be optimists with a keen sense of humor. While it make take longer sometimes to get from here to there when you do get there they are right there with you. People have joked for years about the elderly experiencing a second childhood, I wonder if that is because they themselves have grown too old mentally to let themselves have fun. If one believes that the best is always yet to come then you don’t have time to waste wondering if this is all there is.
A friend I have never met but who is a reader of the daily sent me the following and that got me thinking about how much fun there can be aging backwards. So no matter how many years you have lived come join me and get wet at the mythical fountain of youth.
HOW TO STAY YOUNG
1. Try everything twice. On one woman's tombstone she said she wanted this epitaph: "Tried everything twice. Loved it both times!"
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. (Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches!)
3. Keep learning: Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever... Never let the brain get idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' And the devil's name is Alzheimer's!
4. Enjoy the simple things.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with HIM /HER.
6.. The tears happen: Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. LIVE while you are alive.
7. Surround yourself with what you love: whether it's 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 is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don't take guilt trips.. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next city, state, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. I love you, my special friend.
11. Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second chance.
“There’s always a lot to be thankful for if you take the time to look for it. For example, I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don’t hurt.”
My dog had suddenly developed a bad habit of loud barking about 4am each morning. He was disturbing the entire neighborhood, and several people had complained. One morning he started howling, and when I looked out the window - I saw that someone was throwing something at him. I quietly went out the back door and snuck around to the front to catch the culprit. To my surprise, I found my next-door neighbor throwing rocks into my yard, and just missing the dog. Of course, I demanded an explanation. "I'm not trying to hit your dog," he said. "My mother in law is visiting, and she says if she loses another night of her beauty sleep - she'll leave!"
There is a guaranteed way to get what you want: want less.
A mother wanted to teach her daughter a moral lesson. She gave the little girl a quarter and a dollar for church. "Put whichever one you want in the collection plate and keep the other for yourself," she told the girl.
When they were coming out of the church, the mother asked her daughter which amount she had given.
"Well," said the little girl, "I was going to give the dollar, but just before the collection the man in the pulpit said that we should all be cheerful givers. I knew I'd be a lot more cheerful if I gave the quarter, so I did."
I almost had a psychic girlfriend but she left me before we met.
Moshe was taking to his psychiatrist. "I had a weird dream recently," he says. "I saw my mother but then I noticed she had your face. I found this so worrying that I immediately awoke and couldn't get back to sleep. I just stayed there thinking about it until 7am. I got up, made myself a slice of toast and some coffee and came straight here. Can you please help me explain the meaning of my dream?"
The psychiatrist kept silent for some time, then said, "One slice of toast and coffee? Do you call that a breakfast?"
On the sixth day, God created the platypus. And God said: Let's see the evolutionists try and figure this one out.
"Doctor, I'd like you to evaluate my 13 year-old son."
"He's suffering from a transient psychosis with an intermittent rage disorder, punctuated by episodic radical mood swings, but his prognosis is good for full recovery."
"How can you say all that without even meeting him?"
"Didn't you say he was 13?"
I am aging gracefully. I embrace great friendships, weed out the ones that no longer work and feel no guilt because a bad friendship is like trying to walk around in a size 6 shoe when your foot is an 8. I let go of past hurts and grudges, because those take up room in my heart, and I would rather it burst from joy than ache with sorrow.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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