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---Alice Abrams

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Thursday Thirteen - On Age and Aging

In light of last weeks anticipation of a milestone birthday and feeling blue in it's wake, I need to take the upper hand and plant myself firmly on the ground. I need to realize, as so many have reminded me, that age is relative and not a number. Great things await if only I leave myself open to opportunity.



1. Happiness is inward, and not outward, and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on who we are. ~Henry Van Dyke

2. Regrets are the natural property of gray hairs. ~Charles Dickens

3. I suppose real old age begins when one looks backward rather than forward. ~May Sarton

4. There is no cure for the common birthday. ~John Glenn

5. It is not how old you are, but how you are old.~ Marie Dressler

6. The older the fiddler, the sweeter the tune.~ English Proverb

7. Old age is like flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do.~ Golda Meir

8. The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. ~Jean Paul

9. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair. ~Douglas MacArthur

10. Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter. ~Mark Twain

11. Age does not diminish the extreme disappointment of having a scoop of ice cream fall from the cone. ~Jim Fiebig

12. How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were? ~Satchel Paige

13. Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many ~Anonymous

23 comments:

Gattina said...

All very, very true ! and according to n° 3 I must be a teenager because I never look back (only souvenirs of my son as a child) I always plan what to do next ! It's an excellent list !

Kai said...

Lots of inspiration there Gracie!

I really like #3 and especially #12. Really makes you think.

:-)

Akelamalu said...

All so true!

Christine and FAZ said...

With age comes wisdom - I should know I am already 4 years old (in human years - 28 in cat years). FAZ

Crazy Working Mom said...

I love that there is no cure for the common birthday!

Great list, Gracie. I hope you're having a great birthday week!

Mags said...

A really great TT this week Gracie!!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

or you can be like me and just have fun with life. it is grand, aches, pains, and all! ha ha

smiles, bee

Dixiechick said...

Wonderful 13 there Gracie. It truly does make you think.

I use to complain when I had a birthday come around but as my mother would say, it's better than the alternative. Besides, age is only a number.

Loving Annie said...

More than half of my life is over... I'm having a hard time with that.

Good quotes, Gracie...

Sarge Charlie said...

13. Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many ~Anonymous

This is a clear winner, every day vertical is a good day.......

Lori said...

I loved these...thanks for sharing.

Mags said...

Mine's up now!

katherine. said...

My Mama gave me a shirt which said:

"Things of Quality have no fear of Time."

where in Central California are you?

Comedy + said...

Not participating in TT, but wanted to comment.

All 13 are on the money. What a great approach to take Gracie. See why all of us love you? This is why. Have a great TT my friend. :)

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

The last one is really correct...some people never get to know what old age is like!! You are NOT OLD!! Remember once again I am 2 years older and I am not old..so you are not either!! Hear that Gracie!! Now go out there and have fun!! Sandy

Linda said...

Those are some great quotes and I agree with every one of them! I have always especially liked Mark Twain's take on it. Come to think of it, I like his takes on most everything!

Travis said...

I guess you just need to grow into the idea of being 60. I suspect you'll grow to enjoy it.

Nadine said...

What a beautiful list, Gracie! A very wonderful and thought provoking TT. Thanks for sharing!

Sanni said...

Excellent TT, Gracie. By the way... I still can´t believe it was your 6-0.

If you´d ask me to guess... 40... not exceeding 45 =)

Rock on, my friend!

Books, Computers & Puppets, Oh My! said...

I like # 5 myself! Heading toward 60 myself

Marilyn said...

What a great list!

Barbara H. said...

I didn't do a T13 this week, but I came here for the photo hunt, and this caught my eye as I scrolled down the page. I have a milestone birthday in a few weeks -- I'm turning 50 -- and that seems so much older than 49!! I am going to copy these for inspiration, if you don't mind. :)

Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts

A. said...

Like Barbara H, I came over here for the Photo Hunt and was diverted. I too had a significant birthday in June. I was 60 on June 19. There, I've said it out loud!

I have a great deal of difficulty with growing older, though possibly 50 seemed worse than 60. It seems nothing now. One quote I came across that I liked was "The trouble with being nearly 60 is waking up in the morning and thinking you're 31!"

I love your Thursday Thirteen, and the last one made me stop and count my blessings. Thanks.