Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Birthdays Come and Go

I got this in an email. Thought it worth passing on since I feel about 120 today.

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!!

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. '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 shops, 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.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,but by the moments that take our breath away.

How old do you feel today?

Hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday. Love one another.


Robbin with 2 B's! said...

I like that Shirley, thanks for sharing. Hope you have a good day at work. Our heat has broken a little.

Amy said...

Great post!! I needed a giggle this morning as I am aching and feel like I've just passed 91 years old... listen closely and you can hear my knees crack and pop!

Have a great Wednesday!

Lisa J said...

I remember when I turned 30, I was so happy to be there. I remember thinking that now, NOW, I was finally an adult. Not some young kid that no one really took into account what I said or thought. 40
did not bother me either, except I had no party to celebrate it. That made me very sad. I feel birthdays are big deals and love to have a party to honor them. I will be 50 in 2 years, I don't mind it at all, a half century, I think that is great and look forward to it. I want a big party, I want friends to celebrate it with me.
I'll tell you, I love my life. I love having my grandkids near, I love my pets, I love my family even though we are going through some tough times right now. I love being retired and not having to get up each day. I love that I am taking photography classes and want to volunteer my time taking pictures for others at no charge. I love my spirit, my life, and where I am. I really do love each day.

Sage said...

Shirley, I feel about 92 today! Every bone and muscle in my body aches.......finally relaxing a bit after the stress of the last six months and now it all comes out in aches. But it will go away, I know. Normally I feel good, and I don't act my age ever. (I'm 64)
Love my life, especially now being retired, and now that my duties with mom are over, I'm looking to do some volunteering. Just don't know where yet.

I hope you have a good day at work. I'm meeting friends to see Mama Mia!

Blessings on your day,

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