When I flew up to Montana several years ago to conduct my Mother’s memorial service, I stayed at her house. On the coffee table was a book whose title I believe was “Getting Old Isn’t For Sissies“. As I glanced through the book one statement struck me and has stayed with me since. Part of the statement is the title of this post:
“The day you think you are too old to do something, is exactly the day you should do it …”
That has governed a lot of my thinking over the past few years. I love the statement “I will get OLDER, there is nothing I can do about that. However, I refuse to get OLD.”
At my current … ahem …. age,, I know that I’m no longer 21, 31, 41 or even 51 … but I have developed a love for life and living that I pray I never lose. That’s why, when I saw this video today, it really struck a chord with me. I have admit I laughed and laughed while watching this. This fellow is amazing and so are those around encouraging him. He’s certainly not lost his love of life!!!
(sorry that it’s a link…for some reason it won’t embed!!!)
Which got me looking for some of my favorite quotations and some new ones…
Getting older is no problem. You just have to live long enough.
The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.
Part of getting older is realizing that you can integrate all these different areas of your life, rather than the adolescent mindset, which for me lasted a long time, which says, ‘It’s all or nothing.’
The minute you’re born, you’re getting older.
This one is probably one of my favorites: Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many. ~Author Unknown
The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball. Doug Larson
Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Samuel Ullman
I still have a full deck; I just shuffle slower now. Author Unknown
What are some of your favorites?