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Old 02-22-2017, 12:44 AM
 
Location: Planet Woof
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I once worked in a clinic where a 20-something co-worker asked me if I ''knew any hippies in the '60s?'' At that time in 2000, I was 45 and she thought I was ''old''.
Right about that same time our niece and her husband toured the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. I asked them if they enjoyed their experience and they replied, ''Not really. We didn't know who any of the musicians were.''
Damn, can you imagine that?! Glad I am ''old'' in that case.
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Old 02-22-2017, 03:18 AM
 
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I once worked in a clinic where a 20-something co-worker asked me if I ''knew any hippies in the '60s?'' At that time in 2000, I was 45 and she thought I was ''old''.
Right about that same time our niece and her husband toured the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. I asked them if they enjoyed their experience and they replied, ''Not really. We didn't know who any of the musicians were.''

Damn, can you imagine that?! Glad I am ''old'' in that case.
I am often surprised how many people talk about being young again. While I would certainly like the good health and vigor of youth, I would not want to give up my experiences of getting to where I am. Getting old has been fun, dangerous, wretched, joyful and at this point seems thoroughly wonderful.

And I hear Adele, whinging out those pathetic songs...and I wonder, where is Big Maybelle or Mama Thornton!
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Old 02-22-2017, 03:58 AM
 
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I would give anything to live another whole life time again.
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Old 02-22-2017, 04:07 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I would give anything to live another whole life time again.
I hear you.

I usually joke that I wish my brain could be transplanted into a healthy 23 year old body.

If I knew then what I know now....
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Old 02-22-2017, 04:22 AM
 
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I'm not speaking in terms of having regrets or having knowledge - I just mean that I love life so much that I would love to have another whole life time to live.
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Old 02-22-2017, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Texas or Cascais, Portugal
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Easy to say when you are not that age.
Actually my dad tells me at least weekly, "I'm ready to go, but my body won't cooperate."
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Old 02-22-2017, 07:37 AM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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I am often surprised how many people talk about being young again. While I would certainly like the good health and vigor of youth, I would not want to give up my experiences of getting to where I am. Getting old has been fun, dangerous, wretched, joyful and at this point seems thoroughly wonderful.

And I hear Adele, whinging out those pathetic songs...and I wonder, where is Big Maybelle or Mama Thornton!
More reps for you. Especially the Adele part.
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Old 02-22-2017, 07:46 AM
 
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I'm not speaking in terms of having regrets or having knowledge - I just mean that I love life so much that I would love to have another whole life time to live.
This I understand.

I'd rather like a sneaky compromise: To keep all the experience and memories up to this point, but to stop aging for, say, fifty years.....and then do the rest of my downhill to the grave.

But, to be brutally honest and human, if I had gotten that wish, I'd probably want yet another extension after those fifty years. Much of life, especially the natural world, is so wonderful, but maybe the knowledge (however grudging it might be) that we cannot hold onto it is part of the awe and joy.
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Old 02-22-2017, 07:47 AM
 
Location: Close to an earthquake
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I once worked in a clinic where a 20-something co-worker asked me if I ''knew any hippies in the '60s?'' At that time in 2000, I was 45 and she thought I was ''old''.
Right about that same time our niece and her husband toured the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. I asked them if they enjoyed their experience and they replied, ''Not really. We didn't know who any of the musicians were.''
Damn, can you imagine that?! Glad I am ''old'' in that case.

You would have drawn a laugh if you had replied to the hippie question by saying no you didn't but Abraham Lincoln was the best person you ever met.
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Old 02-22-2017, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in deep in Maine
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To a point - my dad is 92, my aunt is 91, both in assisted living and literally waiting for death. Personally I would like to think at some point after reaching say 85, I could count on someone putting a bullet in my head while I sleep.
That's not going to happen. You need to do it yourself. Its really not fair to put that karma on someone else.
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