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A little note about aging


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Did you ever 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, going on five.”

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.

But then you TURN 30. (Makes you sound like bad milk.) 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 80s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you MAKE IT to 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!" .

These simple suggestions will help us all be youthful for life.

1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay "them!"

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. 3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle.

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 so 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 sacred 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. Tell the people you love that you love them ...at every opportunity.

JEVD

Making the complex understandable.

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