Wednesday, February 10, 2010

On Aging: Advice from George Carlin

George Carlin's Views on Aging

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

How old are you?' 'I'm four and a half!' You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key.

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

'How old are you ?' 'I'm gonna be 16 !' You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16 ! And then the greatest day of your life ! Youbecome 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony. YOU BECOME 21 .... YESSSS !!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed ?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50, and your dreams are gone...

But! Wait!! ! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would !

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50, and makeit to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that, it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday !

You get into your 80's, and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; 'I Was JUST 92.'

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. 'I'm 100 and a half !'

May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half !!


1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay them.

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3.Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever, even ham radio. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' And the devil's family name is Alzheimer's.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you ARE alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

We all need to live life to its fullest each day !!

Enjoy the ride. There is no return ticket

                                              Enjoy the ride. There is no return ticket!

We all could learn from his wisdom.

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tattytiara said...

Reminds me of my dear old grandmother who lived to be 102, and who would introduce herself as "102 and I've still got all my own teeth!"

Mesina said...

Oh I love this post!!! I love George Carlin though, he just had that sense of humor I could relate to. Thanks so much for sharing this, I just love it :)

Lets hope if I make it to 100 and a half I take some bugger with me....

My name is PJ. said...

He was a great observational comedian. He set a standard. Thanks for sharing this,

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

I adore George Carlin so much. He was a wise, wise man and a comedic genius. Thanks for sharing this. Great reminders at any age~

Personally, I'm starting to change my attitude of aging.... for me, all seems to be getting better.... food, wine, sex, my confidence. Bring on 100 and a half I say~

DJan said...

Well, now that I am PUSHING 70, I'm finding life a whole lot more enjoyable, warts and all... thanks for sharing this today!!

glnroz said...

he was a "hoot"...
As for myself, I am a little past 30, and I have been busy lately dealing with my "stuff"...
I grinned at this post.

The Vegetable Assassin said...

The man knew his sh*t, that's for sure! And as for aging, some days I'm all "Ah, age is a number and really who cares anyway?" and other days I'm all "Damn, I'm going to start aging BACKWARDS from my next birthday!" :)

Whatever your age you're young as long as you're having fun and appreciating life.

The Retired One said...

I adored George Carlin! I had the opportunity to hear him live at a local university about 20 years ago...small audience...I was in hysterics.
He was geniuine, real and very wise in all his sarcasm.
He will be greatly missed....

Steven Anthony said...

this was a hoot.....loved the post, love GC...;)

Eva Gallant said...

Tatty: That's funny, but when you think about it, it's actually quite an accomplishment.

Mesina: Let's hope we both do, and keep our health in the process!

PJ: He sure could make us laugh!

Mandy: At your age, I felt the same way! lol

DJan: I read your comment and said to myself, "My God, she's pushing 70!' Than I realized--so am I!lol

Glen: I'm just a little past 30, too. Hope all goes well with your "stuff."

Veg: Againg backwards is a neat idea, as long as you can put the breaks on around 35. That's as far back as I'd want to go!

Retired: How lucky you are to have seen him live!

Steven: Me, too. Glad you enjoyed it!

lakeviewer said...

Perfect Sense! Lovely George Carlin kept surprising us with his jokes for many decades. Will miss him. Thanks Eva for your sweet comments and fan support on my blogs. You've been most loyal!

Tam said...

Love it! Great reminder, Eva, thanks!

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Great post. Lots of aspects of life get better as you age. The aches and pains, not so much. But it's better than the alternative.

Mary K Brennan said...

Gotta love that George Carlin. He always had the right words for every situation.
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."....I have this quote above my bed (my favorite).

gayle said...

Such great advice!!

I Wonder Wye said...

I love his comment one should age in reverse -- you get 'older' (younger) -- you are cute and people care for you, then one day, poof You're gone. Not conscious, and no pain involved. Loved GC.