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Aging Isn't What it Used to Be

Updated on October 8, 2018
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The peace and beauty of nature inspire me to acknowledge it's power and influence through poetry. Living in the mountains I am blessed.

You know you're getting old when you think getting lucky is finding your car in the parking lot!

Seniors are more active now than ever before.
Seniors are more active now than ever before. | Source

"Use it or Lose it."

Just because we get older doesn't mean we have to feel older. In fact I've been a senior citizen for awhile now and my mind refuses to acknowledge my true age. As I grow older I actually increase my activity. I walk five to six times each week, take a water aerobics class, hike, do plenty of stretching and include yoga sessions.

Exercise provides me with the energy I need for teaching music and entertaining others with my piano stylings at the local café. I'm also applying for a volunteer position at a nearby animal shelter.

Keeping myself busy takes my mind off of annoying aches and pains. The phrase "use it or lose it" still applies in our golden years.

Weight Lifting Keeps Bones Strong and Healthy

Using light weights to keep my arms toned.
Using light weights to keep my arms toned. | Source

What Are the Three Stages of Aging?

Aging can be classified into three stages according to Lawrence Frolik a professor at University of Pittsburg School of Law:

  1. The Young - Old period is from age 65 to 75.
  2. The Old period is from 75 to 85.
  3. The Old, Old period is from 85 plus.

Attitude Determines Our Real Age

We may have to face getting older but we do have something to say about aging. Having a positive attitude about aging helps to keep our minds sharp. Being actively engaged in a hobby or setting where younger people are involved may also influence the way we think about aging.

The fact is. I don't really think much about it. I'll never see 70 again, but I still remain a professional pianist by playing a beautiful black grand piano in a quaint local restaurant. Tourists from all around the world visit our breath-taking mountain village located in the San Jacinto mountains in Southern California, year around.

Most of these tourists stop in for a tasty lunch or dinner at the Mile High Cafe, where yours truly can be found entertaining guests with my piano stylings. My point is: Mingling with folks of all ages, along with keeping myself actively engaged at the piano, helps to keep my mind alert as I continue to live my passion as a pianist. Even with severe arthritis in my right hand, I refuse to let a little pain stop me.

Share Your Talents and Hobbies With Others as You Age

Author sharing  her love of piano with visitors from around the world at Idyllwild's popular restaurant in Southern California..
Author sharing her love of piano with visitors from around the world at Idyllwild's popular restaurant in Southern California.. | Source

Changing Our Attitude About Pain

How we think, act, and talk about aging can have an effect on our health. I'll give you an example: I suffer from diabetic nerve pain in both feet. It hurts! The pain feels like hot needles invading the bottom of the feet, toes and even the top of the foot. In addition, the toes become tingly and numb

I love to walk, especially here in the woods. For a short time I was so uncomfortable I thought I should stop my one mile daily walks. As I cut back on my walking, I noticed my feet continued with the very same painful symptoms. Even with anti-inflammatory meds such as Ibuprofen, I suffered just the same. I soon stopped taking the meds and made a decision to start my walking again.

I walk through my pain now, giving thanks to my Creator for having two legs and two feet. Some people aren't so lucky. I changed my attitude and although nothing has changed physically, I refuse to dwell on this condition and walk regularly with plenty of pep in my step.

Another way to deal with chronic pain is to dedicate yourself to a life of service. Doing a good deed for another person puts you in an entirely different mindset. You may still have pain but for the time spent in helping others, your mind is distracted from the pain, both mentally and physically.

I'm An Aging Older Woman

I met an old lady wrinkled and thin

Her eyes greeted mine

Ranting please let me in


This same old lady I met down the road

Her burden so heavy was too big a load


Her old bones were thinning,

She’s faced her last inning


Where’s the young girl with image so clear

She slowly gets older year after year


Stay away old lady get out of my way

You’ve stolen my youth

Day after day


You’ve robbed me of energy

Leaving me weak

I now need a face-lift

It’s time for a tweak


I’ll not use a cane or a walker forbid

I’ll walk tall and limber the way I once did


Once firm and perky you’ve ruined "the girls"

No white hair for me

With those tiny tight curls


I’ll live with my pain all day and all night

And when I have to I’ll put up a fight


Stay away from my mirror, stay away from my door

I can still exercise I just stay on the floor


When I am ready to age and grow old

I’ll send you a message I’ll join the fold


Though gravity pulls and everything sags

I 'm staying young I won’t pack my bags


My youth is forever my youth evermore

Yes, I’m a dreamer that’s what youths for


I paint my own picture I sing my own song

So farewell old lady I’m where I belong.

Your Body Will Thank You For Daily Stretching

Your aging body loves to be stretched.  Take time each day to include some easy, feel-good stretching.
Your aging body loves to be stretched. Take time each day to include some easy, feel-good stretching. | Source

Can You Live to be 110?

People are living longer today than 10 years ago. This is due to the fact that we're living a healthier lifestyle. If you can live to be 110 your chance of dying doesn't increase any more.

Centenarians are known for their outgoing personalities and positive attitude. A healthy diet and busy life-style also may attribute to longevity. For example, walking as little as 30 minutes, three times a week can help you stay physically fit and mentally sharp, strengthen your bones, lift your spirits—and lower your risk of falls.

Engaging in activites that keep the brain sharp such as learning a musical instrument or language along with playing complex computer games also prevents loss of brain function. We grow new neurons with time, and the brain is constantly reshaping itself in response to learning.

So, eat your spinach, keep active and start a gratitude list!

This 74 Year Old Woman is Awesome

Aging Statistics From The Administration On Aging

  • The older population—persons 65 years or older—numbered 46.2 million in 2014 (the latest year for which data is available). They represented 14.5% of the U.S. population, about one in every seven Americans.
  • By 2060, there will be about 98 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2014.
  • People 65+ represented 14.5% of the population in the year 2014 but are expected to grow to be 21.7% of the population by 2040.
  • The number of people aged 80 years or older will have almost quadrupled between 2000 and 2050 to 395 million.
  • The US Census Bureau indicates that individuals 85 and up are the fastest growing age group by percentage.
  • Every 70 seconds, a person in America develops Alzheimer’s.
  • Despite popular belief, drivers over 65 have fewer accidents per person than those under 65.

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The Late George Carlin

Do You Know This?

Soda Prematurely Ages You. A host of maladies is scientifically linked with carbonated beverages including brittle bones, pancreatic cancer, muscle weakness and paralysis.

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

― Sophia Loren

10 Oldest Verified Cases

Name
Death Age
Place
Jeanne Calment
122 yrs, 164 days
France
Sarah Knauss
119 yrs, 97 days
United States
Lucy Hannah
117 yrs, 248 days
United States
Marie-Louise Melleur
117 yrs, 248 days
Canada
Emma Morano
117 yrs, 137 days
Italy
Violet Brown
117 yrs, 103 days
Jamaica
Misao Okawa
117 yrs, 27 days
Japan
Maria Capovilla
116 yrs, 347 days
Ecuador
Nabi Tajima
116 yrs, 321 days
Japan
Susannah Mushatt Jones
116 yrs, 311 days
United States

Stay Curious as You Age

Be curious about everything as you age.  Curiosity is youth food for the brain.
Be curious about everything as you age. Curiosity is youth food for the brain. | Source

“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the heck she is.” - Ellen DeGeneres

Final Thoughts

I may age, but I refuse to get old. I let my body know who's boss. There are days when I just don't feel like getting out of bed - but I do it anyhow. There are times when I would rather not go for a walk - but I walk anyhow. The message is clear. There comes a time when we're better off not listening to our bodies.

Life is filled with choices. As we age, making the right choices may very well add more wonderful years to our life. The choice to be positive or negative, happy or sad, kind or selfish, loving or hateful, all rest within us:

  • If we don't use it, we lose it and this applies to the mind, body, and spirit. Learn something new every day.
  • Exercise just a little bit more.
  • Love just a little bit deeper.
  • Give more today than you gave the day before not to just others but to yourself as well.
  • Laugh with gusto.
  • Make mistakes to conquer obstacles.
  • Forgive.
  • Invite your inner child to play.
  • Sing out loud.
  • Cry to release pent-up emotions.
  • Watch an inspiring movie
  • Hep someone in need.
  • Listen.
  • Embrace nature and all her miracles.

And remember, you are a miracle too.

Source

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100324142121.htm

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alex-zhavoronkov/13-reasons-why-we-will-li_b_3519357.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldest_people

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    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      8 weeks ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Love the poem and your inspirational words re-aging. I will settle for getting older as it beats the alternative. I do think however genetics can and does play a part. That said though we can all stack the odds in our favor a bit.

      Thanks Audrey

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Nell - I love your hilarious poem! Your humour is unequaled. So happy to see you here and thanks for your marvelous contribution!

      lovedoctor926 - Thanks so much for your comments. Appreciate your coming by!

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Vinaya - Thank you for coming back. I agree with you. Aging is a state of mind. I will be forever young :)

      K9keystrokes - I'm glad you liked my poem and gravity is no friend of mine either. :) You're the best!

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      lovedoctor926 

      6 years ago

      This is really good work

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hee Hee! I always remember a poem I wrote off the top of my head years ago about old age:

      oh how I hate that mirror

      it really niggles me

      it shows up every spot

      that no one else can see

      the wrinkles and the sagging

      the liver spots by the score

      oh how I hate that mirror

      I just won't look in it anymore! lol!

      love your poem, and voted up and everything!!

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      India Arnold 

      6 years ago from Northern, California

      Audrey! I love this poem as much as I hate gravity! Thanks for another great read.

      HubHugs~

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      I came back for a second read. I believe oldness is just a feeling.

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Gee, I almost forgot about Johnny - can't let that happen. Isn't Ellen the best? Next to you, of course. "cause - "You are the sunshine in my life..." Thank you Linda.

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      You, my dear friend will never be old. Your spirit is too alive and frisky. In addition you wouldn't want to get to ahead of Johnny Depp :)

      I love that joke by Ellen. Her humor will also never get old! :)

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Hello Vinaya - Aging happens to all of us. A sense of humor is necessary as we progress in years. But we can always think young, especially from the heart. Thank you my friend.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      Hi voclacoach,

      Aging is something I see always see around. There is no escape from this phenomena. I enjoyed reading your take on aging.

      Cheers

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      timcgaa70 - I congratulate you for your fantastic attitude toward aging inspite of the burden of living with fibro. A terrible, debilitating disease. I too, have a spirit much like yours, Although I am now in my 70's my youthful spirit refuses to age.

      '

      I admire your strength and your understanding. Ok if I send you a Hub Hug?

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      tlmcgaa70 

      6 years ago from south dakota, usa

      VocalCoach, i am sad to say i could not vote...my body feels like 90 but my spirit has no age, but it tends to feel very youthful. it is quite a contrast, that i can feel ageless and youthful at the same time. i loved your poem, it made me giggle. i have never tried to avoid physically growing old, to me it is the opportunity to grow wiser. at 42 i have almost as many silver hairs as my mother does. and that's alot. if i wasn't disabled with fibro my body might more closely match my spirit in its youthfullness. but i rejoice in the experiences my body goes through, they make me a stronger and more understanding person.

      again, wonderful hub. take care.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Mekenzie ~ It's so nice to see you. I'm very glad you like my poem and thanks so much for linking it to your hub. I'm going to go check it out right now! Thanks for the vote up and awesome.

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      Susan Ream 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      vocalcoach, Your poem is charming and resonates with the truth of what is just around the corner for many of us. I just wrote a hub on Old Age and will link it to this poem.

      Thanks, voted up and awesome!

      Mekenzie

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Rusticliving ~ You're so cute! Aging is a fight to the finish and I will be in the ring with my gloves on to the very end.

      BTW...I'm so darn proud of you. Very glad you joined HP even if you did forget to sign up under me. :-)

      Your hubs are so amazing and written like the pro you are. Hugs!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 

      6 years ago from California

      Vocalcoach, This is a great poem. So funny and clever.. I'm not sure why, but somehow I feel this poem was written just for me! Haha I'm gonna go exercise now and if you don't hear from me for awhile, come look for me on the floor! LOL Voted up!

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      acaetnna - You sweetie you. Here you are, the goddess of love poetry and still you find nice things to say about my humble attempt. Is it any wonder that all of hubland loves you?

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      acaetnna 

      7 years ago from Guildford

      Oh wow this is spot on. What a wonderful poem. Age is in the eye of the beholder, we are as young as we think we are. Brilliant Vocalcoach, voting up and pressing your buttons too.

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      GL - Nah - you will never show your age, for you are eternally young. And let me go off-topic long enough to thank you for being my very first supporter here on HP.

      I owe you big time. Tell me your birthday month (no year needed) :)

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      Hillary 

      7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      What a gem of a poem. You're right on sister. (ooops am I showing my age ?? Never!

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      anglnwu 

      7 years ago

      Nice work. Growing old graciously is the way to go.

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      breakfastpop 

      7 years ago

      Let's put it this way, the alternative really stinks!

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      Maria Jordan 

      7 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Age is merely a state of mind, vocal. I feel "forever young" and glad you do as well... Voted UP & AB!

      Keep going and proud of your challenge, mar!

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      Eiddwen 

      7 years ago from Wales

      Hi Audrey,

      Thanks for sharing this gem I vote up and away. Here's to a long time to come of hubsharing.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hello again Audrey,, I too always try to see the humour in everything, which can be quite bizarre at times!

      Thank you, Cloverleaf has done so well, that's great she was an inspiration to you - I'm very proud of her!

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Movie Master - always so nice to see you. Thanks for liking my little poem. I try to see the humor in everything...even growing older. BTW - your daughter is fantastic. You did good!!!

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Cloverleaf - I admit to having fun with this one. Glad you approved. BTW - check out my hub on "30 day challenge-again". You were my inspiration for that as you shall see when you read it! I owe you!!!

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love the line, once firm and perky....So funny

      A great fun hub, many thanks Audrey and voting up!

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      Christina Lornemark 

      7 years ago from Sweden

      I love this poem vocal! Everything you wrote here is so true and I will not send that message yet either:)) Thanks for this great moment in your corner, voted up!

      Tina

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      b. Malin 

      7 years ago

      I Loved the last paragraph of this Hub Poem...It's so uplifting. We age, but we can fight it every step of the way...Love You and your Hubs my Friend!

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      Cloverleaf 

      7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Vocalcoach, yes, gravity can be so cruel!!!

      What a superb hub and refreshing way to look at aging. You have my vote!

      Cloverleaf.

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      Kathy 

      7 years ago from California

      You will never age a day Audrey, not with your outlook on life! Wonderful hub - up and useful and awesome!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I really enjoyed this hub. I believe attitude is a major component of aging as well. Rated awesome.

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      writer! Hahaha!!! I feel the same way. I love it. You are so clever with words. You should see the mammouth smile on my face. Gracias :)

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      chspublish - Ah, you caught me...in denial :) I confess, (good for the soul). Given the alternative to growing old, I prefer ageing. So glad you liked my hub. Thank you, my friend.

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      chspublish 

      7 years ago from Ireland

      You've really captured the struggle of the ageing self in denial, perhaps? Well written and worth reading aloud to many others.

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      writer20 

      7 years ago

      Great poem. Now I'll cover my mirrors up bolt my door. Opps, it's a little for that. Oh my!.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You go Audrey! Aging only happens if we let it in the door and i've got my door bolted! Funny one, i enjoyed.

    • vocalcoach profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      theseuse - I'm thrilled to learn that age is a matter of mind - that makes me 21 again! Thank you for approving of my little poem and so grateful for your words of wisdom. Your friend - vocalcoach

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      Amy Becherer 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I've noticed, vocalcoach, that aging is about attitude and yours shines. I can see from your photo, you don't just talk the talk, but walk the walk, 'cause, lady, you are hot!

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      Mentalist acer 

      7 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      I Shall Chant This Spell With Faith Vocalcoach!;)

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      vocalcoach - got a kick out of this....I am apparently older than I thought I was - my brain shaved a year off but the kids reminded me:) lol

      I don't mind the getting older - in my experience some things have gotten much easier while others are new challenges. Like how to properly roll out of the bed so I don't twist my back! lol Voted up!

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      Charlotte B Plum 

      7 years ago

      You are most welcome, I love to read your comments - whether to me, or to other hubbers. I love how you bring so much cheer and encouragement (and humor too!) to all of us! You are such an inspiration. I hope when I grow up I can be like you!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Charlotte - Your kind comments have made my day! You should see the big smile on my face :) What a difference hub support makes. A few thoughtul words can bring such energy and enthusiasm to us. You have done that for me and I thank you!!!

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      Christina M. Castro 

      7 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      This is a good one. I'd like to share it with my Mom!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Dear Prasetio - I can always count on you, my friend, to make me feel good about my hubs. I thank you for that. When I wrote this poem, I was wishing I were 21 again, knowing what I know now. But perhaps, I would not be who I am today if not for all my mistakes. You are a great blessing to me. I acknowledge all that you have taught me.

      Your hub page family is grateful for you and your stunning hubs. Peace and happiness...

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      So funny, Audrey, and yet so true. But you can always proclaim (like me), I still have everything I had when I was a young girl.

      It's just lower! Heh, heh. :)

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      mckbirdbks - You're a "shot in the arm" and it means so much to see you here. My fingers sit paralyzed at the keyboard. What to write? Will my hub be "good enough?" What if its already been written. Need to clear my brain, calm down and "let my fingers do the walking". And...I'm Off!!!

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I love it, especially ?"Once firm and perky, you’ve ruined "the girls" as I am dealing with that issue myself. Here is a funny story for you. I was telling someone about the senior citizen center and all they can do there when I realized I can too. I AM a senior citizen! How did that happen?!

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      Paradise7 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      I'm with you, vocalcoach, I don't want to let the future old lady take me over, not yet, not yet. I'm still 25 years old in my mind.

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      theseus 

      7 years ago from philippines

      You did it again, coach.Excellent work once more.

      Age is just a matter of mind. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter, so goes the cliché. With age, comes experience. Tagging along is wisdom.

      Way to go, my friend. God bless.

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      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub. The age may getting old but the spirit always still young. This was your first poem? But I love this one and you make it more beautiful. I really adore your talent. Thumbs up for you.

      Prasetio

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      Charlotte B Plum 

      7 years ago

      I love the spirit of this poem, and your rhymes made it so fun. The video is so enjoyable! I'm looking forward to more hubs!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      7 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Will...I just had the laugh of the week! You are so funny. Made my day - and night. Gracias, amigo :)

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      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Really nice coach, and take good care of those 'perky girls'!:-)

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      mckbirdbks 

      7 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Cheers vocalcoach. A poem for all time, as it were. Good luck with the challenge, no looking back.

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