Dang..When Did I Get Old?

You know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you’re down there.

 George Burns

 

It’s paradoxical, that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.

Andy Rooney


     What does a young punk and an old geezer have in common? When the young person sees an older person they do not realize that the older person remembers being young..and it wasn’t that long ago. I am 56 and part of me thinks of myself as a young twenty year old. Granted the other part of me doesn’t think or remember much and it feels like I am 100…however, I think young at heart.

It is amazing how fast life flies by. It feels like it is a bowling ball steadily making its way down the lane for all to see, happily looking to the left and to the right, enjoying the rolling and spinning and then poof, it reaches its destination and it is all over. Pins fly everywhere and you have an impact but your journey is over and you are now just part of the scorecard. Some of us are a strike or spare. Some of us go in the gutter. Some of us leave a split that is improbable to clean up. Whatever our impact, the sweeper arm comes down and pretty soon there is a clean slate and a new fresh start for the next ball to have its impact.

The message for young people is simply to know that the older person you are looking at was cruising McDonalds not that long ago…a blink of an eye ago.  The message for the older people is simply to know that the younger person that you are looking at is cruising McDonalds because they can still do it without being called a pervert. The message for all of us is to simply get the most out of life that we can while we can and to understand that those around us, both young and old are on a very similar journey that we have already been on or that we are getting ready to go on. Life is a blast and each generation is indebted to each other. We should appreciate all aspects of the wonderful journey that we travel as we move from our youth to older age and show respect for everyone wherever they are in their journey.

What does a young punk and an old geezer have in common? Life…wonderful, beautiful life.

HighFive Your Life Principle: The old and the young have life in common. Respect and enjoy each other’s journey.

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