Short Thought 124 (age)

You’ll notice it isn’t generally old people who say “age is just a number.”

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15 thoughts on “Short Thought 124 (age)

    1. writerinsoul Post author

      I thought about it Christine, and I don’t recall anybody over 50 or so saying this! They might say “I’m young at heart” or “You’re only as old as you feel” but not that just-a-number business.

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  1. ninamishkin

    As someone who will be 84 in six weeks, I’m with Christine on this. With a certain amount of luck, the quality of the life you lead is largely up to you, irrespective of the number of years you may have lived. I decided age was just a number when I applied to law school at 51, passed the bar at 54 and practiced until 73, at which time I got tired of it and could afford to quit. If can hang on to your health, you can also live your life fully for as long as it lasts and forget numbers. As for that “young at heart” and “__years young” stuff you sometimes see in “About” sections or personal ads — usually from people considerably older than 50 trying to pass themselves off as something they’re not — they make me squirm. People over 50 are not “young” anything. They just “are.” And what they “are” is up to them without having to put a “youthifying” label on it.

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    1. C.E.Robinson

      Brava, Nina! I’m with you on all of that “youthifying label” stuff. Actually, I finished a master’s in nursing & nurse practitioner certification at age 60. Worked until age 74. I’m hanging onto health for dear life! So far, so good! Yes, any age from now on is “just a number.” Christine

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      1. ninamishkin

        Double brava to you and your sister, Christine! Even if (or when) the knees start to creak. Plenty of twenty-somethings in rehabilitation facilities with bum knees: too much football or who-know-what!

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        1. C.E.Robinson

          Right on! Nina! My own son at 52 had knee replacement surgery! Younger years of basketball & injuries caught up with him. Knees are not what they used to be, so I doubled up on strengthening exercises (treadmill & sidewalk). Maintenance is key! Christine

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