They Just Don't Make Them---Like They Use To?

I stopped for lunch at a near by restaurant yesterday and could not help over-hearing the conversation at the next table. It was a party of three women and one man. The youngest one looked to be in her mid-twenty's the others middle-aged. They were all well dressed, the women had on what looked like designer labels would be attached to the inside seam. The man had on a well tailored suit. The conversation went something along these lines.

"I understand that you are looking for another apartment. What was wrong with the one you have now?" She asked the younger woman.

"Oh, there is nothing wrong with my apartment, I just want to find one nearer to my psychiatrists,"

"Yes, I seem to remember you seemed to think that you needed one when you first started college and you ---are still seeing them, four years later?

"Yes, all my dorm sisters and I still meet regularly and discuss our progress."

On this statement of pride I dropped my fork and had to ask the waiter for another one. It was also when I heard the sounds of something rattling in plastic containers that I sat there with new fork raised part way to my mouth and watched these four people like on cue, shake out their individual pills and line them up beside their water glass. They held up each one and gave in detail what their specialist said it was for, each trying to interrupt the other with their blue, pink or yellow pill that did that and more.

Now! please don't get me wrong, because there are many folks out there that do need certain medications. Yet, that being said, I do wonder when every time you turn on the TV, every other commercial loudly states that if you have this symptom which they give a long list of suggestions, that most people would normally have.---then you should see your doctor and ask if this drug is right for you. Of course when you repeat all these symptoms to the doctor he prescribes the drug.

When did we become a herd of sheep, just following the bell that was ringing on the lead sheep---(TV) etc. Many complain that the no longer feel young and they have all these aches and pains. Rather than striving to feel young, or no simple everyday aches, just start using your own brain, yes the one that you were given. No! we don't need to follow that sound of that bell to pull us through the ups and down stages of everyday life.

• Growing Old:

When I was young and a complete fool, not knowing any better, I thought I was wise, but as I grew in years I gained experience, and learned from my many mistakes. This is not something to be fearful of, but something to look forward to. Attitude is everything---It has been my drug of choice and no specialist had to write that subscription down on a little white piece of paper.

When we use our minds in a positive way we grow flexible and healthy, not feeble. The maxim "Use it or lose it" may be trite, but it is a truism. I suggest following the regiment of constant learning. We do not stop learning because we grow old; we grow old because we stop learning.

Yes of course it is true that as we age our body deteriorates? So--there are advantages and disadvantages in all stages of life. Yes, my grandchildren can all out run me, but---I can out think them. No! I will not moan about some of those little aches and pains of arthritis, or will I take some numb killing drug---I'll just suck-it-up and keep on trucking for I know I'm one of the lucky ones.

I know that I can never enjoy all that I wanted to in one life time, so why waste time complaining and being fearful of growing old. For those of you that are approaching middle age, stop griping about it---you'll grow out of it!

For those of you that positively insist on have that dose of medication---I subscribe that you take two large tablespoons full of laughter every two hours. Now if you are still not convince that maturing is a positive experience, just stop and look around at those that are denied the privilege of growing old.

•  I'll take a glass of old wine with a splash of laughter---please. 

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G-Ma Johnson 7 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

Now that was worth reading I must say...I hope some of the middleagers, who worry so much about getting OLD, ...read this...and take what you prescribed...couldn't have said it better...Thanks you are a dear...:O) Hugs


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lloyd76mongol 7 years ago

I agree with everything except the being able to out think your grandchildren part ;).You can out write your grandchildren though with ease.


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womanNshadows 7 years ago from Charlotte, NC

Mark Twain wrote, and i paraphrase, "against the force of laughter, nothing can stand." i know, from a bit of experience, that aches and pains may not go completely away, but they become tolerable with the ability to laugh. thank you, Ginn, for reminding me that laughter may even ease grief for a moment.


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Paper Moon 7 years ago from In the clouds

Bravo (loud clapping) Bravo (he scoots his chair back as he stands to give a standing ovation)


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Nancy's Niche 7 years ago from USA

Beautifully put and so very true...Laughter is the best medicine...


ralwus 7 years ago

I think I may have found a new Dr. I stand in awe with Paper Moon.


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TamCor 7 years ago from Ohio

Excellent, excellent hub, Ginn...I felt I was right there with you as you witnessed those folks...I can't believe there are people out there that are really like that, wow...guess I'm a little naive, lol...

Your thoughts on laughter are so right, I agree...

And now, you have helped me to realize that my turning 50 soon is a much better alternative than my other option...so time to quit pouting, lol...

Thanks so much for this hub--I needed the wake up call!!!


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k@ri 7 years ago from Sunny Southern California

I really love this hub! There really is no sense in complaining about the aches and pains...aren't they our badge of courage? I'm going to wear purple when I get old! And laugh, and laugh and laugh!


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Frieda Babbley 7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Well, Ginn, I certainly know some people who need to laugh more often and take some chips off their shoulders, have a good hearty laugh quite a bit more often, enjoy the little things in life, think about all they have that's good instead of trying to find the bad. Hard to deal with those people you know. At least for me it is. And usually when I'm the happiest is when they decide it's time to come around. It tends to suck one in like a high powered vacuum. Ah well, life goes on, right? I'm a lover of the good laugh. I hope I grow in as strong a fashion as you.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

I laugh even when no one else thinks its funny.


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Ivorwen 7 years ago from Hither and Yonder

Thanks for the tidbits of wisdom! Laughter certainly does work magic.


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

Such a simple remedy...you'll grow out of it! I love it! :)


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Jerilee Wei 7 years ago from United States

Whoo Hoo Mom! I fully plan on following in your footsteps on aging. I am also struck by the dire disclamers on thosesame television commercials. I wonder what people are thinking when they want those meds with those side-effects.


ralwus 7 years ago

I laugh at goldentoad and your daughter too. hahaha


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Ginn Navarre 7 years ago Author

G-Ma -- as you and I know, it's the best meds out there are not in a pill.

Aaron--being's as you are my BRAT grandchild I have and always will out think you---in fact I DOUBLE DARE you to try!

womanNshadow, yes even in grief and pain it seems that if one takes a deep breath a little sip of laughter can be exhailed.

Paper Moon thanks, some times you just have to say it like it---is!

Nancy, a day should not go by with out---laughter.

ralwus; for you the meds are free, take as much as you want.

TamCor, start out with the two-tablespoons every two hours and this is one drug that our world today needs to be addicted to.

K@ri, thanks, I have been wearing purple for a long-long time and its my favorite color.

Fridea, everyone has choice's and you just follow the sheep with the LAUGHTER bell ahead of you.

goldentoad--move over, that has probably got both of us in trouble a time or to, but I'm not going to stop now and I bet you won't either.

Ivorwen, yes it is one bit of magic that has wonderful power.

Feline thanks, it is guaranted to happen.

Jerilee, those people are NOT thinking about those side-effects, they are just the sheep that are being told what to think and they have stopped using their own brain.

I WANT ALL MY WONDERFUL FRIENDS ABOVE AN BELOW TO KNOW THIS BIT OF TRIVIA--(I am 77 years old and I have never taken any medication in my life--except an asprin now--and then.) Good food from my garden---good friends ---and a whole lot of positive thinking and laughter is all the meds I need. love ya all.


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lafenty 7 years ago from California

As I sit deeply imbedded in middle age, I can say you are so right. Thanks for putting it out there for the world to read and learn from.


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Ginn Navarre 7 years ago Author

lafenty, it's so simple to just stop and be your self---first and it will all fall in place.


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Patty Inglish, MS 7 years ago from North America

Ms. Ginn Navarre - you are 1000% correct. Among my circle of friends in this city, I am the lone sole not taking any medication.


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Ginn Navarre 7 years ago Author

Patty we seem to be the---lonesome doves?


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ryanobie 7 years ago from Washington, DC

The power of the pen in your hands! (Well I guess that's the keys at your fingertips). Go mom! Great hub.

At 53, I have to say, I feel better physically and spirit-wise that at any other time I've taken a breath so far. It just keeps getting better. I have followed in your footsteps with not taking drugs. (well maybe a sip of Vodka now and again, ha!).

It's a myth that we can't live well all of our life. And laughter is the balm that soothes all that ails.

Thanks for the reminder to us all.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Good advice for old and young alike!


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Ginn Navarre 7 years ago Author

ryanobie my baby girl--- your laughter has always been music to my ears.

Chris thanks.


\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful...... been laughing my head off on hub pages this morning with Miss M ....... and then enlightened by a lovely lady such as you.... next time i am being overheard at a cafe, whilst taking my prozac, i will make sure it is not u lurking beneath the large hat, loved this very much...


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Ginn Navarre 7 years ago Author

thanks Brenda, everyday should start out with laughter.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

Miss Ginn

Another serving of your great storytelling. Little by little, I am starting to feel less resistant of getting old - thanks to you, oh wise one! :D


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Ginn Navarre 7 years ago Author

OK Cris (young- whipper- snapper) You can resist all you want but if it makes you feel better---I'll wait for you to catch up with me and then you can tell me a story or two.


sbeakr 7 years ago

Super hub! I even love the responses...

I'm an avid anti-pill-pusher...I can't stand even alternative therapists who won't listen when I say I don't need any supps! I think self-awareness is deeper than simply knowing what pills you 'need'...we should know what we are first, and wherein lie our issues, before we start trying to fix them.


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Ginn Navarre 7 years ago Author

I agree sbeakr, but in todays world people tend to just follow the sheep.


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Dr Nancy Kenyon 7 years ago from Orlando, FL

Always like to read your input. I'm a fan!


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Ginn Navarre 7 years ago Author

Thanks Dr. Nancy.


lyrogersle 7 years ago

You are a breath of fresh air in a world gone falsely and fashionably mad.


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Ginn Navarre 7 years ago Author

Well welcome lyrogersle, the positive side of life has been my favorite place and it has got me this far. You are right you have to hold on tight to that slight breeze with the positive thinking and humor, in this world--today.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

All I can say is Brava! and Hugs! I, too, subscribe to that medicine!


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Ginn Navarre 5 years ago Author

Hey Nellieanna,Hugs are a good medicine too. Thanks


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

You bet!! :-)


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Ana Louis 4 years ago from Louisiana

Well done Ginn. I know that some people have life threatening illnesses and medication is necessary, but we now live in a society that believes in the magic of drugs. Heaven forbid we should experience anything real in life, especially discomfort.

A good laugh, a warm hug, and kind words work wonders for any age.


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Ginn Navarre 4 years ago Author

Yes indeed Ana Louis, it has worked for me for 80 years, thanks

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