Do you remember George Carlin? He was quite a humorist who spoke on many subjects, including aging. The one I liked best was his thoughts on how to stay young. (This is my edited version.)
First he suggests we throw out all of the nonessential numbers, like age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. After all, isn’t that why you pay them?
Keep your brain working and learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever—even ham radio. Remember, 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 have to gasp for breath and tears roll down your cheeks.
Tears happen. It’s time to endure them, grieve and then move on. The only person who is with us our entire life is ourselves. So be alive while you are alive.
Surround yourself with love. Your home (Country Meadows) is your refuge—surround yourself with love, be it family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies or whatever.
Cherish your health. Eat healthy foods, exercise and be active. If your health is good, preserve it. If it is not so good, improve it. If you can’t improve it, get help.
Take trips, but don’t take guilt trips! Instead, go to the mall, visit stores, take country trips, visit a friend, take in a movie or just take a walk.
Express love. Tell people you love that you love them every chance you get.
Always remember: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath way!
Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally used up and worn out, shouting “MAN, WHAT A RIDE!”