June 21, 2011
This morning, my wife proclaimed that she was getting old. It dawned on me that one of life’s most laudable goals is to get older and that there is a difference between getting old and getting older. While getting older is good, getting old may not be.
I’m getting older. Next month, I will be 60! While my body is 60 years old, my brain is 21. My father-in-law is soon to be 95. His attitude places him closer to120years old. My mother is 89. Her brain is 65. What makes one person old and another young?
Attitude makes the difference. I am engaged with life and learning. New
technologies excite me! I am open to trying new things, experimentation opens new doors.
My father-in-law lives in the post-war years. He never accepted new, never sought knowledge, always insisted on the tried and true. He got old 40 years ago. Being old is a bummer for him. He has no place in modern day society.
My mother works to stay young. At 88, she got a Droid, learned to operate her car’s Sync, plays bridge, Mah Jongg, and goes to “opera at the theater”. She has made a place for herself in a world that is radically different from the one she was born in. While the modern world frustrates her, daily challenges keep her young.
My wife is getting older, but she is not old! Her attitude is in tune with
mine. I am typing today’s column on my new IPad. My wife researched all the options, pre-programmed my new toy, and had all the answers to my questions. She even explored Twitter last night and set up an account.
Get older, but not old. Embrace the world you live in. Work to keep your body in good repair. It has to carry your young brain through a lot of years. Maintain an “Attitude of Gratitude” and get excited about new things. Engage life! Be happy. Be healthy.