Henry David Thoreau said "None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm." I have to agree. If you have lost your enthusiasm for life, then you have not aged well.
Paula Deen: I am so blessed. I've been way over-blessed. At 64 years old, I look forward to going to bed every night so I can wake up in the morning and see what blessing is going to come my way that day. Because you never, ever know what God's got in store for you.
(My take: This is my thoughts exactly, never give up on yourself or God's future plans for you. For in giving up you miss out on the best to come. Get up every morning and look for the blessings of that day!)
Marie Osmond: I feel blessed - I am a woman who has been able to work in the entertainment business for five decades. I don't want to age, but I would never take back a year for the wisdom I've gained in that time.
(My take: Wisdom is a gift and a blessing. Some wisdom is only possible to gain with age. No one wants to get old, but the wisdom we gain from those years is really valuable.)
Mary Kay Ash: We must have a theme, a goal, a purpose in our lives. If you don't know where you're aiming, you don't have a goal. My goal is to live my life in such a way that when I die, someone can say, she cared.
(My take: You are never too old to set a new goal in life. Setting goals and working towards them helps keep our brains young and our emotional health in good condition. Goals do not have to be big, just something that matters to you.)
Maya Angelou: My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
(My take: There's a big difference in living and surviving. I choose living. Merely surviving is a boring way to live your life. Live it with passion, compassion, humor, and a lot of style!)
Barbara de Angelis: No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning.
(My take: There is only one you. No one can do what you do or can do it the way you do it. Someone may do something similar in a simliar way, but never exactly like you. 😊 You are valuable no matter how old or what your circumstances.)
Ava Gardner: The truth is, honey, I've enjoyed my life. I've had a hell of a good time.
(My take: I think this is pretty straight forward. 😊 We should all feel like we have had a good time living and enjoyed our life.)
Jimi Hendrix: You have to forget about what other people say, when you're supposed to die, or when you're supposed to be loving. You have to forget about all these things.
(My take: When you slow down is YOUR call! How you are supposed to feel is your call. If you feel loving - then feel loving. Forget what everybody else says, it's YOUR life, not theirs.)
Hope you find encouragement in these thoughts by people who are in the over 50 years. Some are way over 50 or at least they were over 50 when they made the quote. When you're right, you're right whether you're still living or not. 😊
Embrace your age. Set your own goals, live the life you choose. Don't let others tell you how to live your life. Stay active, engaged, and involved. You have wisdom and experience. You are in control!
Did you find any inspiration in any of these quotes? Do you look for opportunities to learn and grow with each passing year? Tell me your thoughts, share them in the comments, they may help someone else.