Friday, February 26, 2010

Enjoy the ride, there is no return ticket

I got this emailed to me from my Relief Society President, Julie Postma.  The cute part is that she didn't recognize George Carlin.  I guess we ran in different circles.

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.  

'How old are you?'  I'm four  and a half!' You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key.

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

'How old are you?' 'I'm gonna be 16!' You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life  
You  become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony.YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!  

But then you turn  30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. . What's wrong? What's changed?

You  BECOME  21, you  TURN  30, then you're  PUSHING 40.. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you  REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.. 

But! wait!! !  
You  MAKE it  to 60. You didn't think you would!

So you  BECOME 21,  TURN 30,   PUSH 40,  REACH  50 and make it  to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you  HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You  get into !  your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; 'I Was JUST 

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. 'I'm 100 and a half!'
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!  

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, even ham radio. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.'  And the devil's   family 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; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.  
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, 
  but by the moments that take our breath away 
And if you don't send this to at least 8 people - who cares? But do share this with someone. We all need to live life to its fullest each day!! 

Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, champagne in one hand - strawberries in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming WOO HOO - What a Ride!

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