A ‘kid’ serving me in a phone shop suggested that a particular type of phone may be “a little too technical for someone of my age”…
Cheeky git, apart from owning mobile phones and continually being involved with electronics since before he was born (probably before his father was born), I got to thinking about this ‘age’ thing.
Why is age so important to some and irrelevant to others? Are you (or perceived to be) a different person with different capabilities simply because of your age and, what actually is ‘old age’? Well the simple answer as we all know is actually YES or at least in part. This is simply because you and your bits actually ware out as you grow older, therefore it doesn’t always function the same as someone who is younger.
Different cultures consider varying ages as old and different people (usually dependant upon their own age) have various perceptions of what actually is an ‘old’ person. At this point I was reminded of an adage always used by my very wise Grandmother;
You are as old as you feel… Start worrying when you can’t feel !
As a ‘silver surfer’ (over 50yrs), I decided to enlist the assistance of Mr Google on’t t’internet to get some other views before committing my own to cyberspace. One substantial bit of information that I came across (which I like immensely) were the words and thoughts of George Carling (below).
George Carlin on aging…
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!!
HOW TO STAY YOUNG
- Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them… That is why you pay them.
- Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
- Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever, even ham radio. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop’. And the devil’s family name is Alzheimer’s.
- Enjoy the simple things.
- Laugh: Often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
- 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.
- Surround yourself with what you love: whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.
ALWAYS REMEMBER: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. We all need to live life to its fullest each day!! Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting ‘….what a ride!’
I can’t add to that and think it sums the age thing up really!!!
George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was a Grammy Award winning American stand-up comedian, social critic, actor and author.