I am not the only one getting older, I thought watching the Kennedy Center Honors program the day after Christmas. Many honorees are older, their achievements come over time. Cher looked fantastic at seventy-two years of age. In tribute to Cher, Cindi Lauper strutted her sixty-five year old body across the stage, singing “If I Could Turn Back Time”. Cindy appeared a little winded and I worried her wig would fall off but delivered a great performance that had the audience on their feet.
“You go girl!” I said out loud repeating the refrain If I Could Turn Back Time, and clapping along.
It is not possible to turn back time, really, but the program was a reminder that some people are better at aging. Is it possible to slow down the aging process and not become old people: frail, feeble and decrepit?
Take a look at Nancy Pelosi, who sat in the balcony during the show, totally enjoying herself.
Politics aside, she looks marvelous at seventy-eight years of age and according to VeryWellHealth.Com her life expectancy is increasing.
Statistics indicate, “If you make it to 75 your life expectancy increases to 86.8. You gain another 3.4 years. That means the average 75-year-old will live 9.3 years longer than the average child born in 2006. Go figure, you can increase life expency by living longer.
Nancy Pelosi is aging well. She probably has a fitness trainer and had “work” done., however, would never be called old.
So where does that leave the rest of us? Can we avoid becoming “old people”?
Aristotle said “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore is not an act but a habit.”
I looked at the habits of old people and came up with seven.
Seven Habits of Old People
- They spend a minimum of five hours a day sitting
- When shopping, they park as close as possible to the store, shuffle in and lean on the shopping cart for upper body support.
- Stay home when it rains.
- Complain they can’t remember and don’t.
- Think getting mail, even junk mail, doctor appointments and garbage pickup are highlights in a day.
- They yell at other drivers, scream at computers and curse at their cell phones
- They talk mostly about medical issues, who died and what is wrong in the world.
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Just Saying . . . . If we could turn back time?