Early Afternoon Thoughts ~ The Day You Think You Are Too Old To …

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.
Groucho Marx
The great thing about getting older is that you don’t lose all the other ages you’ve been.
Madeleine L’Engle
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.’
Chris Robinson
The minute you’re born, you’re getting older.
Doris Roberts

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?


I’m glad you’re here. This is a place in cyberspace that I’ve thought about for a long time. Hopefully, you will enjoy being here as much as I will enjoy sharing with you.

The official name of this blog is “Mature not Dead” which represent how I feel about life, living and being alive. I’m an …older person but as a good friend of mine said – “I’ll get older because I can’t do anything about that, but I refuse to GET old.” To that I cry – BRAVO! I watched my Father talk himself into old age starting at about age 55. He’d constantly refer to himself as a “little old man” and sure enough – but the time he was 65, he was!

This blog also will reach out to all the interests of my life – movies, theater, video, poetry, pictures. Of course, I’ll have shots of people that “interest” me, but that’s not the main function of this blog. I want to engage in thought and frivolity (now that’s a combination!)

The P B & J of poetry, blarney and jottings is really what this place is all about. So, welcome! May I get you a glass of wine? Come sit over here with me and let’s talk!!