1. a g i [color=#ff8000]n g

    [color=#783896]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 [color=#783896]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.[color=#783896]

    [color=#783896]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!!!

    [color=#783896]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?

    [color=#783896]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![color=#783896]

    [color=#783896]after that it's a day-by-day thing. you get into your 80s 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!"

    [color=#783896]may all of you make it to a 100 and a half!


    how to stay young

    1. throw out nonessential numbers. this includes age, weight and height. let the doctor worry about them.
    1. that is why you pay him/her.
    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. " 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, 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.
    and always remember:
    life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

    [color=#783896]george carlin's view on aging
  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   live4today
    siri - smart guy that george carlin! really enjoyed reading those. some were very funny ...some sad ...all very thought provoking. :studyowl: thanks for stretching my thinking today! :icon_hug:
  4. by   bethin
    Our class valedictorian said "well, here's the day we've all been looking forward to since kindergarten. Now we ask ourselves, what the hell happened?"

    What did happen? I swear, yesterday I was learning to drive with my mom. Yesterday I was climbing out of my bedroom window to meet with some guys who were jail birds.

    Can I still do that? Doesn't sound good when a 27 year old does it.

    Siri, as Cheer said, it was definitely thought provoking.
  5. by   Epona
    [color=#783896]and always remember:
    life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

    i love this saying... that was a great post!!
  6. by   muffie
    very nice
  7. by   Seven, RN2b
    Great post. Going through a lot right now. Losing my job of 16 years - pursuing nursing (completely different field - big scary) - just had a breast biopsy on Tuesday and just found out it's BENIGN (YAY!), "Pushing 40", finally thinking "I really need to start taking care of myself" (always overweight, never exercise, never drink water, always running around in my head (if I would literally run around - I would be better off) about worries) - The perfect message for me and where I am. THANK YOU!:icon_hug:
  8. by   TazziRN
    Excuse me......I am not old. I refuse to get old. Nope.
  9. by   suzy253
    Love it Siri! Thx for posting this.