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25th-Jul-2008 12:41 pm
George Carlin's Views on Aging: 

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions. 'How old are you?' 'I'm four and a half!'  You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key

You get into your teens, 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 hey, 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 YESSSS!!! But then you turn 30. Oooohh, 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 brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and 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 Wednesday!

You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30 ; you REACH bedtime. 

And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, 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 out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay 'them.'
2.  Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. 
3.  Keep learning.  Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever.  Never let the brain 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.
6.  The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on.  The only person who is with us our entire life is ourselves. Be ALIVE 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 county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.
10.  AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:  Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. 

Playing ORAC
Comments 
25th-Jul-2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
After I reached 40 I adopted the "20 again!" numbering system.
I'm now 21 - again!
I love the last line though! Suddenly hit with a rush of "Police" followed by "Enrique"
25th-Jul-2008 04:56 pm (UTC) - PS
The "Pushing 40" puts me in mind of the quote
"Pushing 40, my dear she's hanging on to it for dear life!" (It was in the Nigel Rees book of quotes but I can't remember who it was attributed to apart from some female who was famous for her biting tongue.)
25th-Jul-2008 05:04 pm (UTC)
20 again!...hehe yes, I've adopted that system too.
25th-Jul-2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
I stopped at 27, my children sent my 27th birthday a coming of age card even. Eldest said I couldn't stay 27 after he got there. Then I became a grandma. Now it only 7 terms until I retire, and then it'll be look out world I don't have a fixed schedule.
25th-Jul-2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
I have done #5 a few times .... a couple of times I have ached so much I can hardly move ... but it is a great thing to do
26th-Jul-2008 09:50 am (UTC)
Age is just a number used by other people to judge your abilities, and get it wrong. I have a saying for anyone dreading their next birthday usually the 0s. 'Getting a year older is infinitely preferable to the only possible alternative' And those ten points, I love them and I do most of them.
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