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Thread: Freedom of getting old.

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    Senior Member Cagey's Avatar
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    Freedom of getting old.

    Don't remember seeing this posted previously. Enjoy

    "Good friends are like quilts-they age with you, yet never lose their warmth."

    I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before
    they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

    Whose business is it, if I choose to read, or play on the computer,
    until 4 AM, or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those
    wonderful tunes of the 50s, 60s & 70s, and if I, at the same time,
    wish to weep over a lost love, I will.

    I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging
    body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to,
    despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.

    I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just
    as well forgotten. And, eventually, I remember the important things.

    Sure, 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, or even
    when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are
    what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion. A heart
    never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of
    being imperfect.

    I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning
    gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep
    grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died
    before their hair could turn silver.

    As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about
    what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even
    earned the right to be wrong.

    So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I
    like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but
    while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have
    been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every
    single day (if I feel like it).

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    I like this a lot! Thanks for posting!

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    Power Poster mighty's Avatar
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    Boy is that the truth!!!

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    I am in this and do not care what others think !! Growing up Mom would say "What would the neighbors think ?" I do not care what the neighbors think unless they come cut my grass, pay my house note, cook my lunch, wash the dishes, etc...... I AM ME !!!!! hugs

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    Power Poster Jingle's Avatar
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    Aging is very liberating. I enjoy my life and very thankful for the years I have had. I am second oldest of five siblings. One older and three younger they did not get to live this long. They were in order of dying: 40-37-42-58. I just turned 68 a month ago.
    Another Phyllis
    This life is the only one you get - enjoy it before you lose it.

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    Senior Member Radiana's Avatar
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    Loved it! Beautifully said.

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    Super Member ptquilts's Avatar
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    Amen!! when you get older you aren't always worried about what "they" will think about you. You realize they seldom DO.

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    Super Member ranger's Avatar
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    I really like this.
    Thanks for sharing it.

    My children sometimes say..."Mom don't do that "or "don't wear that" or "why don't you get your hair colored?"
    I say..."I'm me, let me be. I don't care what others think"
    I used to worry about what others thought of me or about how I looked.
    No more of that: and yes I have become somewhat eccentric, but I like it.
    I saw a commercial the other day...not sure what was being advertised...it showed people doing odd things and it said..."own it, don't bemoan it". I thought that those words were perfect for me.
    Life...you muddle your way through it and then you die!

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    I do mind looking and feeling 'older' - I don't mind BEING older.

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    Love this. I care more about what people do instead of what people think. Just yesterday DH asked what I had for lunch. I told him leftover bacon and a cereal bowl size of chocolate pudding. His reply was "Sounds good any left for supper" That was his supper. His choice!

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