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### Saturday, November 28, 2009

George Carlin's Views 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.

'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
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, 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.

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, 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.

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

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 '…….holy sh*t ....what a ride!'

• AMYISSUCCEEDING
This is a great blog. Thank you for sharing. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Amy
3702 days ago
LOVE IT!!
3706 days ago
• AUNTC321
It is funny how we say these things about age and never really give it much thought but it is true.
3707 days ago
• POLYANASUNSHINE
Love the quote.
3707 days ago
• 1AVERY
George Carlin was funny and he was a very smart man. I only felt old on my 21st birthday weird how some ages bother different people. I had a friend that had a meltdown on her 30th. I am 55 and age has never bothered me. My mother and one sister try to lie about their ages all the time.
3707 days ago
• TRYINGHARD1948
Love it.
3708 days ago
• LOLEMA
Love him! Miss him!
3708 days ago
• JERSEYGIRL1950
Great blog and so true..had a great laugh with this one...the last time I had a meltdown over age was 30...many moons ago...now in a few days hitting 59...and feel better now then 30..it's just a number..LOL Hugs
3708 days ago