Age Can Be Colorful!

When I was young and even middle-age I really didn't concern myself with even the thought of "Old Age," That was something a long way off. Life was now---in the moment. Now I turn my head and there lies that road that I have traveled. The road has many twists and turns and some curves are bathed in bright sun light, others hang with a gray fog. "You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old." Some of the following resource's are right in front of our faces.

There is a "Fountain of Youth," it is our mind. Simply use it! There are so many things yet to learn. Maybe you can't physically do some of those new things but you can keep your brain active with the learning. Don't let your brain get rusty, keep it oiled by using it.

Laughter is a great way to stay healthy. Smiles, jokes and laughter are the best medicine and no doctor can write a prescription for it. I have found that there are many advantages to growing old that you might find useful when you arrive at that station.

Thoughts and Tricks:

1. Short term memory or absent-minded does not mean the mind is absent, it is just preoccupied with more important matters.

2. Two minutes after you have just been introduced to some one and you can't remember their name, just call them "Dear."

3. Now, who ever came up with the one about tying a string around your finger, (must have been a contortionist) try it! It is impossible and by the time you took to try---you would have forgotten what it was for.

4. They only smile and quickly look away---yet they could have at least whispered---your zipper is down!

5. I prefer to think that wrinkles are just dimples that became a bit larger. Although it does help when you look in that mirror, if first you take off your glasses.

6. That fool that thinks and says that old age is just a state of mind, has obviously lost his.

7. If you think you're over the hill, be careful on the down slope for it picks up speed.

8. The older I get, the more important it is for me not to act my age and others seem to expect this fact.

9. We never realize that we are making memories until we are old.

10. Remembering is like a dream that comes in and out with the tide.

11. The difference between the good ole days and today is when things got rough, we just did without.

12. I think everyone is ignorant to a certain degree, only on different subjects.

13. When you don't take an opportunity that was set in front of you, then you created a regret.

Now I do admit that old age does have some weird habits that I don't understand completely. For instance, only after a bad winter storm has hit with snow and ice do we have to hobble out there and go to the store to buy a pint of milk? Although we watched TV all day and were warned of its severity. Maybe that little dab of milk that we put in our hot tea---was it worth the risk?

THIS COULD BE DANGEROUS:

I learned this one from my mother, she was 89 at the time. When one wants to cross the street you do not have to go to the end of the block and use the cross-walk, especially if your destination is right mid-way in the middle of the block. You just simply step off the curb and then you limp or drag one foot pitifully as you attempt to Jay-walk in front of on coming traffic. AMAZINGLY---all traffic stopped and waited patiently for this old lady to make it to the other side. I admit, I was impressed and wondered how long she had been using this tactic to cross to the other side of the street.

 

The Color of Age: by Ginn Navarre

My hair is snowy white, My perky pink hat sits among its snarls.

My attire is purple, red, orange and green.

As I sit here and watch the folks that pass before me with all their matching black and brown attire.

They glance my way and shake their head and laugh.

For they do not know, I have been to where they are going and seen what they may never see.

I shake my head and laugh.

As I sit here, I think, maybe tomorrow I'll wear matching socks---or just maybe not!

I shake my head and laugh.

AFTER GOD CREATED THE WORLD HE MADE MAN AND WOMAN. THEN, TO KEEP THE WHOLE THING FROM COLLAPSING, HE INVENTED HUMOR.

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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

Amen! There is an art to growing old that I would like to study more! Wisdom and humor are certainly not mutually exclusive -- this is wise and funny. I intend to take heed, and try all the tips -- thank you!


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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

This is wonderful! Thanks!


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Ginn Navarre 7 years ago Author

Thanks Teresa McGurk, a day should not go by without laughter.

Tom Cornett thanks, we have to laugh at ourselfs too.


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Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

Ginn Navarre, what a cheerful hub! It did snow today, and I did indeed rush to the store for more milk, just in case we get snowed in! When I was younger, I was afraid of old age. Now that I am middle aged, I'm beginning to wonder if I won't be at my very best when my hair is snowy white!


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Ginn Navarre 7 years ago Author

Aya Katz, yes snowy white hair does have its advantages and I use them all!


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

This hub should vanish fear of getting old for good. I myself have a long way to go but i know now how to face it, with humor of course! Thanks for sharing :D


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Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

I'm partial to thoughts and tricks #2, #5, and #13. Now I know who to blame when I get these sudden urges (Gram) to do something out-of-character. Once took my soft cast boot along with me to Walmart when my back was out, so the old security guard would let me have a mechanical cart to sit down and drive. Thought it worked well, until your great-granddaughter wanted me to bring it long after I was healed, so she could "drive" the car cart. Great hub mom!


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Ginn Navarre 7 years ago Author

Hey Cris A, life is what you make it, so take of advantages of the perks.

Jerilee, you won't have any problem with this---you inherited these genes but for now let's blame it all on (Gram.)


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

Lovely...such a spirited, uplifting hub! :)


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Ginn Navarre 7 years ago Author

Thanks Feline, everyone should find time each day for laughter.


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Silver Freak 7 years ago from The state of confusion

Thanks for a bright and colorful smile the morning after a storm!


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Ginn Navarre 7 years ago Author

Silver Freak thanks, I bet in one of your many books there might just be a phrase---"If you meet a man without a smile, then give him your's."


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Ana Louis 7 years ago from Louisiana

I love this hub...thanks, I can so relate.


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Ginn Navarre 7 years ago Author

Ana thanks, find something positive and fun each day and it will keep us colorful.


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Boy, Ginn, am I glad you stopped by my hub and recommended yours-you sound like one marvelous character! Have you seen the TV commercial where they sing "When I grow up, I want to be an old woman..."? I adore that song. And I call everyone 'Dear' these days, just as my mama did.

Thanks so much for finding me,

Now I've found you!

Laurel


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Ginn Navarre 6 years ago Author

Oh yes Lorlie DEAR, I love that commercial, accept there is one thing wrong---I haven't decided what I want to be when (I grow-up) I still have a lot more people to SHOCK including my children. Hubbers---Jerilee Wei & ryanobi.


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Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

Hey that was great, yes we all have our memories, although some cant remember them.

Oh there is another one about crossing the street.

Look before you cross and you might make it to the other side. cheers. I followed laurel over here after reading hers. thanks for sharing our youth I wrote a golden oldies one too.


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Ginn Navarre 6 years ago Author

Eileen, it's ironic that a lot of my hubs are of memories of my mother and her antics, and I chose to take the positive road with laughter. She passed at 97 with Alzheimer's disease so see you just simply take all those wonderful memories and write them.


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Bail Up ! 5 years ago

Funny hub Ginn. I've always wondered who was President of the Red Hat Society, I believe it is YOU.


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Ginn Navarre 5 years ago Author

Thanks Bail Up, "If the hat fits wear it," you will look great in RED so hang in there.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma

I enjoyed reading your Hub, I giggled all the way through it. Some of these things really hit home and we all must face the fact that we'll be there sooner or later. Right now, I'm in the stage of short term memory loss. I have a real problem remembering names. Thanks for the fun Hub.


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Ginn Navarre 5 years ago Author

DEAR Becky, aging has many benifits its a tool that you can use. I think that I can get by with more stunts now than I did when I was young---because people laughingly expect you to!

I can now embarrass my children (I call it getting even)and my grandchildren call me the (cool grandma) so there you go--go girl.

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