Well, this is my last blog in my blogging experiment. Is blogging going to be my new hobby then I can hear you all screaming. Well no it’s not. I have enjoyed taking time to nourish you all with my wonderful insights but as I read back the entries I have made, I have come to one main conclusion – I have turned into Victor Meldrew from One Foot in the Grave!
It seems there are a lot of things that frustrate me about modern living – mind you it wasn’t too good in the “olden days” either without washing machines and computers. However I like being alive and I like my life.
I live in hope that no-one every says to me again the immortal words “ah bless”. I want to find the portal to sock world so that I can encourage the odd socks back again to live in unity with their partners in the sock draw. I want to understand why the younger generation has changed it accent and I’d like to understand what they are talking about.
I shall go on wearing unsuitable clothes and moaning at staff in restaurants when they don’t listen and try to poison me. I shall ignore anyone who includes the title Silver when they refer to me and I shall find beauty in the spider webs that fill my house and not make war on them.
I am going to “kick back” and enjoy life. I’m going to try lots of new things and continue with the old things that I like. I shall spend less time on the computer and more time with the real world. I want a real life – not a virtual one.
And so if you email me and you don’t get a reply, don’t be surprised – I will reply at some point – I’m probably just out trying something new.
Thank you all for reading my offerings and for the kind things you have said. I would love to leave you with a piece from George Carlin, an American comedian and favourite of mine, who has excellent views on life. If you don’t know him I’d like to share him with you.
This is what he said:
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 ageing that you think in fractions.
“How old are you?” “I’m four and a half!”
You’ll never say 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,
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!!
HOW TO STAY YOUNG
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 people 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.
And if you don’t send this to your friends – who cares? But do share this with someone.
We all need to live life to its fullest each day!!