October 30, 2018
Aging can be fun if you lay back and enjoy it.
Over the past few weeks I have sat at a dinner table with a lady who is aboutr to clehbrate her 102nd birthday, she told me how much she was looking forward to an upcoming cduise with friends. Saturday I lunched with a vivacious 96 year old pianist who still performs. Almost every day my wife and me meet new people share their positive outlook on life, they are inspirational.
Today I would like to share with you an article that could have been written by our new friends.
Old Age is a Gift – I Have Decided Story
I am now, probably for the first time in my life, the person I have always wanted to be. Oh, not my body! I sometime despair over my body – the wrinkles, the baggy eyes, and the sagging butt. And often I am taken aback by that old person that lives in my mirror, but I don’t agonize over those things for long.
I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I’ve aged, I’ve become more kind to myself, and less critical of myself. I’ve become my own friend. I don’t chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn’t need, but looks so avant-garde on my patio. I am entitled to overeat, to be messy, to be extravagant. I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.
Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 am, and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60’s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love.. I will I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the bikini set. They, too, will get old!
I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten, and I eventually remember the important things.
Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when a beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect. Old Age is a Gift
I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turn gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver. I can say ‘no’, and mean it. I can say ‘yes’, and mean it
As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don’tquestion myself anymore. I’ve even earned the right to be wrong
So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day
Aging gracefully means being flexible, being open, allowing change, enjoying change and loving yourself.
Employed by the human-development center of a corporation in the midwest, my friend trains employees in proper dress codes and etiquette.
One day as she was stepping onto the elevator, a man casually dressed in jeans and a golf shirt got on with her.
Thinking of her responsibilities, she scolded, “Dressed a little casually today, aren’t we?”
The man replied, “That’s one benefit of owning the company….”
Who are these kids and why are they calling me Mom?
Sarah was reading a newspaper, while her husband was engrossed in a magazine. Suddenly, she burst out laughing.
“Listen to this,” she said. “There’s a classified ad here where a guy is offering to swap his wife for a season ticket to the stadium.”
“Hmmm,” her husband said, not looking up from his magazine.
Teasing him, Sarah said, “Would you swap me for a season ticket?”
“Absolutely not,” he said.
“How sweet,” Sarah said. “Tell me why not.”
“Season’s more than half over,” he said.
“I worry that the person who thought up Muzak may be thinking up something else.”
Isn’t it great that the movies taught us that:
When they are alone, all foreigners prefer to speak English to each other.
When you turn out the light to go to bed, everything in your room will still be clearly visible, just slightly bluish.
When a person is knocked unconscious by a blow to the head, they will never suffer a concussion or brain damage.
When paying for a taxi, don’t look at your wallet as you take out a bill. Just grab one at random and hand it over. It will always be the exact fare.
Terminals never display a cursor on screen but will always say: Enter Password Now.
You can always find a chainsaw whenever you’re likely to need one.
You’re very likely to survive any battle in any war unless you make the mistake of showing someone a picture of your sweetheart back home.
Then Rita Rudner told us that:
Men love watches with multiple functions. My husband has one that is a combination address book, telescope and piano.
Men are brave enough to go to war, but they are not brave enough to get a bikini wax.
Men have higher body temperatures than women. If your heating goes out in winter, I recommend sleeping next to a man. Men are like portable heaters that snore.
Women take clothing much more seriously than men. I’ve never seen a man walk into a party and say “Oh, my God, I’m so embarrassed; get me out of here. There’s another man wearing a black tuxedo.”
“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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