So, this is a picture of me and my mom, it was taken just a few months ago. She came from California to visit because my oldest sister just had her first baby. We all absolutely adore my little nephew, and my mom is a natural at being “grandma”. She will be turning 55 later this year.
I was thinking recently how funny it is that, in some restaurants she will qualify for the senior discount! I don’t know about you, but I think my mom looks far from being a “senior citizen”. However, she could go into a number of nationwide food chains, including Taco Bell, Fuddrucker’s, IHOP, Wendy’s, or Chili’s and qualify for the senior discount.
I think it is so interesting what we consider “old age”. Many women well into their 60’s and 70’s are as active and spry as women half their age. I know a woman in my home town who has to be at least 80, but she is the happiest person! She goes out walking every day, she remembers everyone she meets, and can call them by name even after only one introduction. You can just see the sparkle of life in her eyes.
So, you may qualify for the senior discount, but just consider that a perk for all your hard earned wisdom over the years.
Here’s a few tips I found for staying young as the years go by.
- Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them — that is why you pay them.
- Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
- 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.
- Enjoy the simple things.
- Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.
- 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.
- Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.
- 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.
- Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county. Travel to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.
- Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity
and in the words of frank sinatra…