Page 1. I got this in an email today:
A young lady asked me the other day how I felt about being old. I was a bit taken aback. I don't think of myself as old. She was embarrassed by my reaction. I responded that hers was an interesting question, that I would think on it and let her know.
I decided old age is a gift. Probably for the first time in my life, I'm more like the person I've wanted to be. Oh, not my body! I sometime despair over my body - but I've stopped agonizing over it. I'd never trade the friends, experiences, or what family I have for less gray hair or fifteen fewer pounds.
I've become more kind to and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. I don't feel guilty for eating that extra cookie, or not making my bed, or for buying a cement gecko that looks somehow majestic on the patio. I'm entitled to overeat, be messy, and extravagant. I've seen far too many friends die too soon to understood the freedom that comes with aging.
Whose business is, and what does it hurt, if I choose to read until 4 am and sleep until noon? I'll dance to those wonderful tunes of the 50's, 60's, and 70's, and, if at the same time I wish to weep over a lost love ? that's okay too.
I know I'm sometimes forgetful. But some of life is just as well forgotten and I eventually remember the important things. Yes, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one or when a child suffers? Broken hearts give us strength ? and understanding ? and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile. It will never know the joy, strength, or triumph of being imperfect.
I'm blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turn gray and to have a lifetime of laughter etch deep grooves in my face. Many have never laughed and many more have died before their hair could turn silver.
I can say "no" when I mean it. I can say "yes" and mean that, too. As I?ve gotten older, I?ve decided to be positive. I?m able to care less about what other people think. I can question myself less. I've learned it?s okay to be wrong.
Now I can answer the question. I?m okay being old. It has set me free. I like me better. I won?t live forever. While I?m still here, I won?t waste time fretting over what could have been or worrying about what will be. I won't make excuses and not do the things I want to do. If I want to play computer games all day or lay on the couch and watch old movies or go to the beach, I will. I can. I?ve put in my time doing things for others. I?ll do a few things for me - without feeling guilty.
I sometimes worry for the young. They face a far different world than I knew growing up. We respected the law, the aged, the flag, our country. We could express ourselves without filthy language. The young will grow old someday, too. What will they find of the world ? and of themselves?
Mine has been a kinder, gentler world. Being old isn?t so bad.
FINAL THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: There is more money being spent on breast implants and Viagra than on Alzheimer's research. This means that by 2030, there should be a large elderly population with perky bo*bs and huge erections and absolutely no recollection of what to do with them.
yes but that aint all....heres some more..but this is for the women or fudge packers (yuk.k.k.k.k.k....lol..sorry, don't mean to offend, (fyi:to each his own, love ya anyway) just comes out w/out notice and i aint erase'n it!) ok....
here we gooo....
1. Don't imagine you can change a man - unless he's in nappies.
2. What do you do if your boyfriend walks out? You shut the door.
3. If they put a man on the moon - they should be able to put them all up there.
4. Never let your man's mind wander - it's too little to be out alone.
5. Go for the younger man. You might as well, they never mature anyway.
6. Men are all the same - they just have different faces, so that you can tell them apart.
7. Definition of a bachelor: a man who has missed the opportunity to make some woman miserable.
8. Women don't make fools of men - most of them are the do-it-yourself types.
9. Best way to get a man to do something is to suggest he is too old for it.
10. Love is blind, but marriage is a real eye-opener.
11. If you want a committed man, look in a mental hospital.
12. The children of Israel wandered around the desert for 40 years. Even in Biblical times, men wouldn't ask for directions.
13. If he asks what sort of books you're interested in, tell him cheque books.
14. Remember a sense of humor does not mean that you tell him jokes, it means that you laugh at his.
15. Sadly, all men are created equal.
BRAVO....clap-clap, whistle, flick my lighter, and scream some more.....(just alittle man-gry,,,,its ok)