Thursday, February 3, 2005


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 80s 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. Never let the brain idle. " An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's 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.    

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

Do share this with someone. We all need to live life to its fullest each day.....  




redbaranjj said...

Thanks Cat.  I really needed that right now.  

alilcountrycharm said...

Wow this is soooo true!! After reading this, I think I may enjoy being 30-ish for awhile.... hehe.  My babies are all under 6 and they keep me young ;-) Thanks for sharing cat!
Love & Hugs,

thelovetrain said...

That was fucking 'magnificent'. I loved it so much. Thanks, Kitty. [:)]

I'm going to "hit" the sack around 9:00 AM, if my fossilized ass makes it THAT far. [:\]

~Love always, Brian  @--->----

sarajanesmiles said...

Excellent entry Cat!!!
I once worked with a girl who just 'became' 21, and she was so depressed about it.  She said 'Once you're 21 your life is over, it's the last good birthday!'  Can you believe that, and she really meant it aswell!  She would be in her 30's now, probably got a whole new way of thinking ;o)
Sara   x

quartrlyfecrysis said...

great entry doll!
funny that just yesterday Pey wanted to take milk and cereal up to her room for a snack...i said no, because she can't take milk upstairs (carpet)...she turns around and screams, why don't you trust me?!  I AM 5 1/2 YOU KNOW!  She's going to be going thru menopause before she hits high school ;)  I on the other hand am in NO rush to grow up!

vernae69 said...

I got it all figured out, I'll just tell people I'm 5 years older than I am, so they can think I look great for my age....cuz lord knows I don't feel great about it....