Read these quotes and use them to lift you up on those days when you are weak and letting the world age you. Remember this one for sure:
"We are always the same age inside."
- Gertrude Stein
For your encouragement and laughter:
Golda Meir: "Being seventy is not a sin."
(My take: Why is getting older a negative? In many cultures the elders are held in high respect and look to for advice and wisdom. In America, getting older seems to be a sin. I agree with Gold Meir....it's not a sin to be over 50, 60 , 70, or beyond.)
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach: "In youth we learn; in age we understand."
(My take: When we are young, we think we have all the answers. In America, a lot of young people look at elders as feeble or losing touch. In reality, it's not until we have lived a full life that we really understand it. It would be to the advantage of the youth in America to begin to l earn from their elders, so not to repeat mistakes and to have the advantage
of finding true happiness at a young age.)
George Burns: "If you live to be one hundred, you've got it made. Very few people die past that age."
(My take: He has this right! LOL)
Mae West: "You only live once. If you do it right, once is enough."
(My take: You gotta love Mae West's humor. Yes, I hope I'm doing it right! ☺)
Maya Angelou: "At 50, I began to know who I was. It was like waking up to myself."
(My take: When I turned 50, it wasn't earth shattering for me, but I did find out quickly how much it changes the way the world views, mostly western culture, the over 50 person. You are the same person and yet, suddenly you know less, expected to dress differently, and basically start slowing down towards retirement. Thankfully, I didn't buy into this way of thinking. I did wake up to myself, that's why I started this blog...to share in that awakening and help other women witness their own awakening. Thank you, Maya Angelou for such an insightful quote.)
Hope these insights from others who offer inspirational words on aging lift your spirits. Remember, do not let other people define your age. You are only as old as you choose to be. Live a life on fire! Live every day like it really matters, because it does - to you and to others. Wake up to yourself! Make your life so good that once is enough! It's all in your attitude, don't allow anyone to put you in a box until you are physically dead!
Live a life on fire!
Please share your thoughts on aging. Do you feel that some younger people want to put you in a box and consider your value as used up? How did you feel about turning 50? 60? 70? 80? What can our generation do to change this way of thinking in America?