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Top 10 Amusing Things About Aging

Updated on October 13, 2014
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Wow! Time Has Flown By!

Yes, one day you look back and realize just exactly how much time has gone by. It can be depressing or it can be extremely amusing depending on how you look at it. Here are ten humorous thoughts on aging.

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Top 10 Things I Find Amusing About Aging

What Was And What Is Ain't Necessarily The Same Things

1. Yes, I do remember when. I remember phones were party lines. People waited to find you near the phone to talk with you. Folks weren't constantly interrupting conversations and events to check their cells.

2. I used to look forward to one more candle on the birthday cake. Now I bargain with my conscience when I leave a few off.

3. Wisdom isn't so appealing when you see all the grey representing it in the mirror.

4. The workout used to entail trips to the gym and an hour of exercise. Now it entails my getting from point A to point B without becoming winded.

5. My body is better acquainted with the rules of physics than I am. It responds to gravity without any effort on my part.

6. It used to be a good organizational strategy to keep a list of things to do. Now, it's a survival strategy. They will be forgotten unless I write them down.

7. Used to be a senior moment was time you spent with elderly relatives and family friends. Now, well, now it's a cute way to mask a moment of forgetfulness.

8. One could abuse the body's plumbing in younger years. The plumbing waits to pay you back in later years.

9. Medication was something you could blow off or expect to use only for bad colds and such. Now, medication allows you to stave off the reminders of getting old.

10. Sensible shoes were the mark of the truly savvy and down to earth young woman. Now, they're the only thing I can wear to keep my feet from complaining. Well, outside of house slippers, that is.

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11. Being carded used to be an insult. Now, it's the high point of any outing.

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So maybe hilarity is tempered with a few years. And, perhaps, mirth knows no boundaries but the limitations of age. No matter how you approach aging, you've got to take it with a grain of salt.

“Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence.

Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.” Yoko Ono

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Things To Do To Embrace Aging

The Latter Years Are Just As Important As The Formative Years

Once I realized the forever young movement is and always has been a lie and terrible delusion, I understood I had to embrace the inevitable. Inevitable isn't so morbid a thing as you might think. This whole thing of aging isn't about anything I've done wrong. It's not a punishment. It's out of my hands, your hands, or the hands of any powerful government. Coming from a control freak of the highest order, such as myself, that's quite a revelation.

So, each stage of life is kind of a preparatory holding pen for the next sprint in aging. We get a reprieve as we get in our thirties and can many times right the ill use of the previous ten years (fifteen if you count the tweens). Embarking on our first age of enlightenment with good intent, we can surely make it to the next decade, the forties and make them both enjoyable and productive.

Here I am now. I'm not able to go back and do, undo, redo, or not do things that should or shouldn't have been. Now is where I focus. Now is where I expend effort. Everyone knows that the body will expire at some time. Becoming acquainted with the here and now allows that inevitable transition to occur in the path of a life well lived.

Enjoy life to the fullest yet within reason. Find a hobby or two or three to which you can apply yourself. I have started on a few interests later in life than most do and find that age isn't a reason to not do so. Sure, I may have fewer years in which to do them, but enjoy while the fun lasts is my motto. Above all, take time to find amusement with the aging process, it'll go down better than with a spoon full of sugar.

Here are a few things to do to make the most of your latter years:

1. Start fulfilling your bucket list as you are able.

2. Be selective about groups and organizations you join, but join a few.

3. Take up a few hobbies.

4. Establish a health regime within reason and with your doctor's blessings.

5. Not all medications are necessary if you're achieving better health through exercise and diet. Work with your doctor to see what can be eliminated.

6. Take prescription medication as prescribed until your doctor says you can modify doses.

7. Spend time with family, friends and others who bring light into your life.

8. Volunteer.

9. Don't give in to isolation, inactivity and disinterest.

10.Make healthy eating the norm with only the occasional palatal diversion.

Did anything above resonate with you? Where do you find amusement with getting old? Share your thoughts on the subject of aging in a comment below. Thanks for coming by.

© 2014 Tanya Jones

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Elsie Hagley, thank you for stopping in and commenting. That's a great attitude to have. It's impressive too since farming isn't easy work.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting hub.

      I'm 74 still helping my husband 77, we are still farming and can do a hard days work, but don't bounce back the next day as we used to do fifty years ago. Don't intend to give in until we can no longer get out of bed.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @shellys-space: I feel super young myself. I think age is relative. The best thing about aging is experience and wisdom. I couldn't have bought that in my youth but needed to have had a surplus more than once.

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      Shelly Sellers 3 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I remember when 50 sounded ancient to me and now I am ancient and still feel young!

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @Maugustine: I think your father's approach is a smart one, maugustine. Thanks for stopping in and commenting.

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      Michael Augustine 3 years ago from Arizona

      My retiree father has taken the "I'm gonna laugh through this whole thing" philosophy, and for a dude who spent his entire life as a stoic military man, it's good to see him really cut lose in his retirement years. The guy has taught me a thing or two about the air guitar!

      I, on the other hand, am not so amused that I don't bounce back after a 16 hour day of work like I did when I was a twenty something!

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @Heidi Vincent: Thank you, FreshStart7. Embrace is the right word, too! Thanks for stopping in and commenting.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Wonderful advice for embracing aging!

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @Lionrhod: Great comment, Lionrhod. Thanks for stopping in. I think that's something that teens do while they're under 18. Then, when they hit 25, they start lying about their age to be thought younger.

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      Lionrhod 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      My great grandmother used to lie about her age to make herself OLDER!

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      My mum really has an issue with feeling 'older' but to me whatever age she is she'll always be my mother. I don't think I'll ever see her as old!

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @DeborahDian: I'm sorry it took so long to reply to you, I had surgery recently and have not been online consistently for about a week. Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment. I agree with you completely, Deborah-Diane.

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      Deborah Carr 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      We can't stop aging, so we might as well have a sense of humor about it!

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @PNWtravels: That's a good way to look at it. Another version of your phrase is "it's better to burn out than to fade away." Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment on my lens.

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      Vicki Green 3 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      I believe in the old adage that I would rather burn out than rust out.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @Lynn Klobuchar: Nothing like the arrogance of youth. By the time you get my age, you realize you still don't know a whole lot. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      Lynn Klobuchar 3 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      I always tell my kids and students that although I may be "old," I am not dead. I get a real kick out of the fact the "younger generation" (whomever that may be at any given time--it's relative, you know) believes they are the first to think of anything.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @rob-hemphill: Agreed! Thanks for stopping in and commenting, Rob3. Manage the things we can and permit the things we can't control.

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      Rob Hemphill 3 years ago from Ireland

      I say, "go with the flow", we can't do anything about it, so jump in (if the knees will allow) and enjoy it!

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @KimGiancaterino: Thank you, KimGiancaterino, for stopping in to visit and comment. I hope I am able to age gracefully and independent. Best wishes to your friend, Rose. Sounds like she has a real gift.

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      KimGiancaterino 3 years ago

      Our neighbor and good friend Rose will turn 100 next week. She makes us feel like kids, and we love her for it. It's so rare to find someone her age still living independently, but she does it well.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      In my mind I feel no differently now than I did when I was in my 20s (many, many moons ago). I am finally comfortable in my own skin. My hope is to relish each season of my life and to focus on the blessings of this very moment of living. I appreciated your perspective on aging. Humor is so important. Here's to the joy of now.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @ecogranny: Yes. Age should define us, only serve as a reminder.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @takkhisa: Thank you, Takkhis for commening. I appreciate your taking the time to visit. True. Kindness toward others is something that gives our lives meaning.

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Right now I am just thinking of the future whether I could live for many years and be an old person. However, life has no guarantee though as long as we are here in this world we should do something good for others.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      As more and more of the Boomers, me included, make our way into old age, we will have to laugh--a lot--at ourselves and our situations, or we shall become a great class of grumpy old men and women. I say, keep on laughin' and dancin' as long as we're able.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @esmonaco: Thank you, esmonaco, for stopping in and commenting. Yes, 4&6 can be beastly little imps, can't they?

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I love numbers 4 and 6 in your top 10 things. I agree with tonyleathers comment below 100%, took the words right out of my mouth.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @OhMe: We all have our own vision of utopia :). Mine is being able to enjoy walks through heavily wooded areas.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @tonyleather: Well, tonyleather, you know what they say. You're as young as you feel.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have decided that I don't think I will make a very good elderly person. Instead of a nursing home, I would like to be on the coast just sitting and watching the dolphins and shrimp boats with plenty of good books to read and good wine to drink.

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      tonyleather 3 years ago

      If you do anything other than grow old disgracefully, then I think you are not being true to your inner child. The body may, like every other machine on earth, begin to break down gradually, but as long as your mind stays sharp, your life and your actions should reflect that. I may be almost 64, but in no way do I regard myself as old!

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @susan369: thanks susan369 for stopping in and commenting.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @susan369: good point susan369.

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      susan369 3 years ago

      I couldn't vote in the poll, cause I don't think aging is either funny or aggravating. For me it's more like liberating, as long as you can stay active and look after yourself. I look forward to retirement in my older years - I have lots of interests and hobbies and it will be nice to get out of the rat race. The key, again, is to stay healthy, so you can fully enjoy it.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @Merrci: Thank you for stopping and commenting, Merrci. Laughter is the best medicine (forgot who said that). I'll definitely stop in to your facebook.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Such a fun read! See, the truth doesn't have to hurt! I'm going to post this on the Facebook page I've created for my Squidoo Alzheimer's niche. We can all use some laughter in our lives. Here's the link if you want to take a peek. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alzheimers-and-Deme...

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @evawrites1: thank you, eva_writes, for stopping in and commenting. humor can make most anything go down better.

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      evawrites1 3 years ago

      This lens contains some information that we all should remember. Aging is one of those things that seems much more interesting if accepted with good humor.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @Zeross4: Yeh, DaisyDixon, money takes on a whole new meaning once you're on your own. Thanks for commenting.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @Elsie Hagley: Well, Kiwinana71, you know what they say, "You're as young as you feel." Thanks for commenting.

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      Renee Dixon 3 years ago from Kentucky

      The amusement I find is when I come across things that held no value as a child. Buying groceries as a kid, you don't really think about it. As an adult, you realize the value of money and what it takes to buy things, pay bills, etc. I'm sure it will only get more interesting as the years go on.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting thought's about aging. I haven't considered myself as aging yet. My thought's are "that I am not a day over twenty one yet" Enjoy life.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Okay, I just figured out I can reply to duel comments in the pending window. When I figure out how to reply to the ones I've already approved, I'll do so. :) Good day everyone.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @TapIn2U: Thanks, TapIn2U, for stopping in and commenting. Glad you enjoyed.

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      TapIn2U 3 years ago

      Love reading this! Sundae ;-)

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @favored: Thanks, favored1, for stopping in and commenting. Glad you enjoyed the humor.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Number 5 on your list is funny, and it would be ever funnier if it weren't true. I like the way you used humor, but also really good suggestions for keeping a young mind.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @IanTease: Thank you, IanTease, for stopping and commenting. I guess, after a point, folks realize all kicking and screaming in the world won't change things.

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      IanTease 3 years ago

      I've often noticed when talking to elderly relatives that they always take a much more sardonic view of life and aging than younger people. Enjoyed this lens a great deal.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you, Susan52 for stopping in to comment. Glad you got a chuckle. It's always good to laugh with someone about the signs of aging. Makes it all the more fun.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I was talking to my dad (age 84) the other day and told him about an incident where I couldn't remember the name of something. He chuckled and advised me, "I hate to tell you, but it gets worse!" We both got a chuckle out of that! Loved reading this - you put a smile on this face, probably deepening a "good" wrinkle just a little bit!

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      @lbrummer: I like the quote and it's very apt. Thank you, lbrummer, for taking a moment to visit and comment.

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      Loraine Brummer 3 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      I feel like I'm creeping up on old age, and that if I don't chase it too fast, I might not catch up to it. I'm finding that the "senior moment" excuse comes in handy more often than I care to admit.

      Although this quote by Abraham Lincoln is appropriate for all ages, I think it's especially true as we get older. Abraham Lincoln â 'Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.'