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Enjoy the ride. There is no return ticket …....................

George Carlin on aging!

(Absolutely Brilliant)

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.

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!!

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.

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

And if you don’t send this to at least 8 people – who cares? But do share this with someone. 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!

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 01-26-2010 12:38 PM

Thanks Larry, George was great. I still have some of his LPs. Just the other day I had to explain what an album was to my 11 year old son. Now I fell like I am pushing 50.

-- So Many tools, So little time

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#2 posted 01-26-2010 01:25 PM

This is perfect! Today is my friend’s birthday (we won’t say which one!) and it is already in the email to her.
This is really a wonderful philosophy of life.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 01-26-2010 07:34 PM

That really sums it up. I am 62 1/6 and still feel like a kid. You only live once so you gotta enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

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#4 posted 01-26-2010 08:05 PM

I’m 51. It feels good to be smarter than I was in my mid to late 30s with a house full of kids that wouldn’t listen. At least that is how they make me feel now and I really don’t know what happened to me. I mean I didn’t go to school again. A day doesn’t go by without one of them calling and asking for advice. I always ask them why they think I’m so smart and they just say, ‘Oh, be quiet and tell me what I should do.’

I also enjoy being older because now I don’t break as many other things in the process of trying to fix the original problem.

-- My greatest fear is that when I die, my wife will sell all my stuff for what I told her I bought it for.

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#5 posted 01-26-2010 08:30 PM

I’m “going on 58”. I never intend to quit learning—-or doing! There are so many things I want to do, I may never die. That, and I want to live long enough to be a burden to my children—-No, wait, I think I’m already there.


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#6 posted 01-26-2010 08:38 PM

When I turned 50 everything went south…...............

-- When you know better you do better.

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#7 posted 01-28-2010 01:04 AM

Thanks for the list Larry, I find it fits pretty well with my attitude toward life. I hate rules though, so I’m just going to ignore it and get old the way I want to. lol

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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