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Old is as old does…

“There’s nothing I can do about it.”
Jeralean Talley
Her reply when asked about her secret for living to be 116 years old.

I have to agree with Ms Talley, there is nothing we can do about getting older.
Tomorrow I will be a day older than I am today
and on my birthday next year I will be a year older than I was was this year.
Nothing I can do about it except to die and I have no plans for that just yet.
If something happens and I do die there’s nothing I can do about that either.

Anyway, like I said, I agree with old Jeralean,
but I do think we can choose not to be “old”.


It doesn’t matter how old we get we can choose to enjoy
where we are, what we are doing, and maybe for the first time, who we are.
We can choose to tell corny jokes and play poker,
laugh at ourselves and cry watching sad movies,
do crossword puzzles and play computer games.
We can be outspoken and a bit outrageous,
comfortable wearing what we want fashionable or not,
say no to what we don’t like or want, take long naps.
and not feel guilty about doing nothing but daydreaming.

 It doesn’t matter how old we get even if we live to be over 100
we can live and love, happy with our memories and making new ones.
We can share our wisdom with young people
and learn new things from them..

Age is just a number and after awhile you can just make up a number.
Who’s to argue with you?
I mean, maybe Ms Talley is really 118

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10 thoughts on “Old is as old does…

  1. I like it that we may do as we please without apology. Age is just a number. That’s what my husband says. If I make up a number instead of the real one, it won’t be 116. Ha! Blessings to you, Patricia…

    1. When I was young I lied about my age to make myself older then later on I lied to be younger. These days I tell the truth. It just doesn’t matter any more.

  2. This was a great post, Patricia, it made me smile! You are so right, there’s nothing we can do about the number of years we have been here or will be here, but I am kind of enjoying this age and the freedom to just be me without worrying so much about what other people think! I have lots of good memories from younger years, that far outweigh the bad ones, and I intend to make many more! I think we are both doing pretty good with dealing what life brings us 🙂

    1. I rarely dwell on the past that wasn’t pleasant there is so much more of life to remember than problems and mistakes. I am a better person now than then. The thing I don’t like about aging is that it takes longer to recover from late nights and hard work or play.

  3. I don’t mind getting old. I think it is sad when people try to hang onto youth. No matter the age we need to just be who we are. So many try to grow up too fast, only to later try to hang on to what once was. It is important to be comfortable in your own skin, no matter the age. It is true, you can’t do anything about age. But you can do something about how you see it and use it.

    1. I agree. If too much emphasis is put on our age we get bogged down with what was or wasn’t and what is or isn’t. I pretty much just live one day at a time.

  4. My daughter’s mother in law is a fiercely independent lady who dresses as she pleases, and is sharp with lots of business dealings. She is quite a treat.

    1. I think one of the benefits of getting older is that you can get away with stuff that if younger you would be criticized for. I hope that as I age I get braver.

    1. Wow. It amazes me to think people live to be 99 or 116. I am not sure I want to live that long. Most people really aren’t “here” after awhile. But then I might be like your grandmother.

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