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It’s Never Too Late to be Young!

Yesterday I caught myself talking nasty to my body again. It’s a bad habit. If I were my body I would sue me for verbal abuse. We have had a love/hate relationship for years. I criticize it for being old, wrinkled, lazy, slow, and fat.

But yesterday my body talked back to me in the mirror. My body said “Hey just wait a minute. Is that any way to talk to me? I’m the birthday suit God gave you more than 70 years ago!  I’m the one that let you to play in the sand when you were 4, to be a cheerleader when you were 16, to dance, to be a Mother three times, to travel around the world, to ride horses. You’ve forgotten all the good stuff we did together. Just because I’m not young anymore doesn’t mean you should be disrespectful!”

So I’m learning it’s never too late to show gratitude and appreciation to my body. As my carrying case, my body is the faithful friend who has put up with all my bad habits for a long time. I think it’s time we started to enjoy being together!

Have you ever thought about how lucky we are to be growing older at this time in history?

Of course we all know that we live in a culture that glorifies youth and beauty but let’s not forget that we still have a lot going for us!

Imagine this! We are the pioneers in a longevity revolution! A hundred years ago, most folks never expected to live beyond the age of 50. Nowadays we can expect to live an average of 74-78 years of age. All the advances of modern medicine make it easier for us to enjoy a high quality life, as we get older. This is especially true if we have good genes and can still be true even if we haven’t been willing to exercise and eat a healthy diet.

I’ve found that in spite of a chronic mental illness and several surgeries, the best way to enjoy these “golden years” is to have a sense of humor!  I have found that as I get older and my friends get older, I try harder to scout around for funny birthday cards.

Here’s my favorite:  

On the cover of the card are two of those huge ferocious dinosaurs standing up on their hind legs. These are the tyrannosaurus variety with the big teeth and long claws. The caption reads   ‘Hi There, Remember us?’

And on the inside of the card in little blue letters it says “We sat behind you in homeroom.”  

So you can see, no matter how many birthdays we have, it’s never too late to have a good laugh!

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