Thursday, June 30, 2011

On being (forever) young

"It takes a long time to grow young."
Pablo Picasso


Your turn: How do you grow young?

12 comments:

Kalei's Best Friend said...

By keeping active- working out, keeping up w/the news, reading...The ones who get 'old' whether physically or mentally are the ones who age fast- they become sedentary..I knew a couple who were in their 70's they had so much energy.. Every Sunday they would go garage sale hopping... The wife was up at the crack of dawn, still kept her home clean.. She did for herself and her husband. Its a shame Bob and Shirley are gone- I miss them..

Jean said...

That's a very beautiful quote, Carmi. Thanks for sharing.

lissa said...

When Josh was about 3 years old, he asked a question about something (and I cannot remember what it was). When I explained it was because he was growing up, he looked at me and said, "I don't wanna grow up. I wanna grow down." Growing up is scary!

How do I grow young? I refused to let go of that youngster I've enjoyed embodying. One of my favorite rubber-stamp sayings, one I've used on many cards given for birthdays, or no-occasion days, says, "Let the child within remain forever." I think that's the key.

So I never gave up my love for stuffed animals, my wide-eyed wonder in fireworks or amusement parks, I don't eschew cartoons and I continue to play games of all sorts. I keep seeing the world through the eyes of kids of all ages, and I won't give that up.

The key is not to ACT that age, but to appreciate the magic of youth. (Because there are those who act younger than they are and that's a totally different thing)

Great quote by Mr. Picasso, too, thanks Carmi!

Karen S. said...

by that old saying..."Don't sweat the small stuff..." and being thankful.....every day.....

Pepe said...

nice quote!

I stay young by learning new things always..

and of course, by making it a point to have tons of dosage of smile every single day.

Marco Pietrangelo said...

This reminds me of a discussion between Socrates and Cephalus from The Republic, where they were discussing old age. The part that stuck with me the most was "for he who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.". Which is why I try to live my life as happy and carefree as possible.

This also reminds me of one of my favorite quotes "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." So true.

Marco Pietrangelo said...

This reminds me of a discussion between Socrates and Cephalus from The Republic, where they were discussing old age. The part that stuck with me the most was "for he who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.". Which is why I try to live my life as happy and carefree as possible.

This also reminds me of one of my favorite quotes "And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." So true.

Lynne said...

Love the quote.. I stay "young" by thinking outside the box and embracing newness whenever possible. I also bust my bootey working out and eating correctly (most days..ha!)

Reminds me of the line from a Van Morrison song..." and i will never grow so old again..."

hapzydeco said...

Get up every day. Think twice about things that happen. Then recall a boat seen in the marina - IT DOESN'T MATTER.

Tiel Aisha Ansari said...

Dance.

theMuddledMarketPlace said...

Rolling down grassy slopes
Walking in the dewy wet grass
Paddling in streams
Watching the stars
Sitting on a beach
Sitting in the waves
Making sandcastles
Watching the sea take them away
Smiling at a stranger
Drawing on misted up bus windows
Chalking on the pavement ( sidewalk)
Writing my name in the dust on my own windowsill
Colouring in the inside of letters on a newspaper
Blowing bubbles
Having a go on the swing
Hanging upside down off a tree branch
Vaulting over a gate, instead of climbing sensibly over it
Every year keep having a go at doing head stands...and handstands...and cartwheels

I don't want to loose that wonder with the world that youngsters have, that would be tragic.....

Anonymous said...

humour and the ability to laugh at yourself will keep you from being a cranky old geezer. Feel free to laugh at others too.