One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.
As many of you know I am actively involved in the Indianapolis senior community. And as the years have gone by I have been inspired by how folks who are well up in years have continued to stay vibrant by staying involved in so much of what goes on in my city. I think they would answer the question made famous by Satchel Paige, “How old would you be if you did not how old you are?” with a substantially younger age than their birth age.
Recently I was in discussion with a friend who provides opportunities for the golden age set to get involved in our town while having fun in the process. We talked about how there are so many things that we can do to replace the things we can no longer do that there is no reason to ever just drop out and stagnate. What is really great is that we often experience some of the best times of our lives. New friends, active theatre going, a multitude of volunteer opportunities, new learning experiences and more have all made much of my recent past some of the finest years of my life.
My coach/trainer said not too long ago that far too many people my age spend so much time finding reasons and excuses not to do things that they never take the time to discover the alternatives. What surprises me is that I am finding out even at my age that I can now do things that I could never do before. I am having fun, are you? If not then read what Ralph Marston has to say about getting more out of your life.
Go get more
You do not grow old simply by living a certain number of years. You grow old only when you stop filling those years with new substance and value.
Don’t spend all your time and energy merely confirming again and again what you already know. That will make you too old too soon.
Instead, put your effort and energy into learning, discovering and experiencing what you do not yet know. That will keep your life young, fresh and vibrant, even as the years continue to progress.
There are all kinds of new things you can learn today. There are all sorts of great ways to challenge your assumptions and increase your wisdom.
If you think you know it all, you’re cheating yourself out of the opportunity to continually build upon your knowledge.
If you refuse to challenge your beliefs, those beliefs will begin to imprison you rather than support you.
Treasure the knowledge you possess and all the rich experiences you’ve had. Then get up, get out there and get a whole lot more.
The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.
Tips from the kids:
HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHO TO MARRY?
You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. — Alan, age 10
WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?
Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.– Camille, age 10
HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?
You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.– Derrick, age 8
WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?
Both don’t want any more kids.– Lori, age 8
WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?
Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.– Lynnette, age 8 (isn’t she a treasure)
WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON A FIRST DATE THAT WAS TURNING SOUR?
I’d run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns.– Craig, age 9
WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?
When they’re rich.– Pam, age 7
The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do.– Howard, age 8 (this one has very good morals)
IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?
I don’t know which is better, but I’ll tell you one thing. I’m never going to have sex with my wife. I don’t want to be all grossed out.– Theodore, age 8
It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.– Anita, age 9 (bless you child)
HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN’T GET MARRIED?
There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there?– Kelvin, age 8
Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.
One of those physical fitness club franchises was preparing to enter the international market. They placed ads in newspapers all over the county for people who could represent them on a tour. The ad said: We’re looking for five men in peak physical condition. Must be able to speak Spanish, French, Chinese, or Japanese. Must be knowledgeable about weights, aerobics, and at least two major sports.
The day after the ad appeared, a heavy man of about 70 appeared in the offices of the fitness club. “I’m here about the ad,” he said.
The bronzed Adonis behind the desk looked surprised, but decided to be polite. “Do you speak Spanish or French?” he asked.
“Nope,” the old man said.
“No, both times.”
“Know anything about weights or aerobic exercises?”
“Only that I wouldn’t be caught dead with either one.”
“How about sports?”
“I’ve never played anything more taxing than checkers.”
“I see,” the young man said. “Tell me something. Why did you come here?”
“To tell you to count me out.”
“Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.”
James Matthew Barrie
The young rancher came running into the store and said to his buddy, “Bubba, somebody just stole your pickup from the parking lot!”
Bubba replied, “Did you see who it was? The young rancher answered, I couldn’t tell, but I got the license number.”
A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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