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Thread: Freedom of getting old.

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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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    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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    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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    Loved it! Beautifully said.

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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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    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.
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    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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    I like the saying, "It takes courage to be who you really are."

    I think as we get older it becomes easier to be who we really are, and isn't that a great feeling!
    "Be brave enough to be who you really are.

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    Amen to everything you said - Also, I like to eat my dessert first!

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    Love it and passed it on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    I do mind looking and feeling 'older' - I don't mind BEING older.
    I'm with you Bear. I liked the initial post. Really, I don't much care what others think, so much as how they treat you when your hair is gray.
    "A woman is like a tea bag-you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." Eleanor Roosevelt

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    I notice there is much discrimination about the graying of America and GRAY HAIR. But the original post sounds nice. ATTITUDE is what it is about in everything in LIFE. C ARRY ON.
    Carol

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    This is all very true....Thanks for the post...

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    It's a well kept secret, but so true. Sure there are some drawbacks to aging but the liberation from "have tos" and "shoulds" makes it worthwhile.

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    Thank you for a Happy Birthday post. I am 87 today and so every word is true for me.

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    Justme: Happy Birthday and many more! How did the younguns ever get the idea we oldsters were computer illiterate?

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    love it says all that I feel at 78
    Freedom is costly and quilting keeps us busy...

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    Beautifully said. I'm 81 and it's surprising some of the comments you get. I just sort of chuckle, as one of these days they are going to be listed as "old".
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    thanks for today is my Birthday...I am 57 today...you are right I have lost so many great friends that never got to this age...feeling sorry for me just shouldn't be allowed.
    I don't listen when I am told to do something for I feel I have the right to do what I want...yes I wish I had my old younger body back..but I can't and never will, so now to deal with what I have...my DH loves me anyway
    so I guess I am not too *old* for him.....
    thanks for this I needed it....have a great day...HUGS

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    OMG I just totally cracked up at the bacon and pudding combo! The people at work must think I'm heading off the deep end, laughing here in my cubicle. But what the heck - I'm 55 and I qualify for AARP, so I'm taking ownership of the aging comments as well!

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    beautifully said, that's the one and best way of dealing with getting old.

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    Omacookie, ranger, tessagin, what wonderful attitudes. As a young woman I always wanted to conform, I was "straight" as a pin," according to my friends. Then, I met and married a totally unconventional guy. My parents said I was "acting out" and wished me luck. When my DH and I moved to the country, we were still young professionals but we had a place where we could grow our own veggies, fruit, keep a few cows, chickens, and geese. It was as if we had two lives, our personal and our professional. We managed to keep this up for over 3 decades while raising our wonderful daughters. Then, my husband was diagnosed with cancer and it was as if a veil was lifted. We decided we did not care what the neighbors thought. Quit working, started traveling, wearing our jeans 24/7, eating what we wanted whenever we wanted, and in general, just being us. This is the best life ever. Our DD's laugh and think it is great. Mom and Dad have flipped. Great life.

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