I added this post to my blog in August 2015. In 2019 I am going through my blog trying to organize it. I thought I would bring this to the front for another read. My dad passed in 2016, mom in 2017. Miss them both very much. This was nice to see again. My mom was my everything that’s all I can say.
When I was in Syracuse in July my mom was in rehab for a fractured pelvis. I would visit dad at their assisted living apartment. (For some reason I can’t call that their home. They left their home 6 years ago.) Needless to say I saw a stack of papers on her table, one of which was a story Eric wrote long ago. I knew in those papers there were probably articles she cherished. Amongst the papers was this one, “How to Stay Young”. I read through it as I was sitting at her small kitchen table. I can relate to all 10 of those listed. So, take a deep breath and enjoy the read. I know my mom would.
“How to Stay Young”
1. Throw out non-essential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her. (Well, I am not sure about this one but I will ignore the age part.)
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. (This is so true. Get that negativity out of your life. Life is way too short to deal with it and it definitely brings you down.)
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. ” An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s. (Since my dad has Alzheimer’s I think about this often. My cooking hobby keeps me busy. I am always doing something. If you know me you know I am not idle…EVER.) 66 years together this November!
4. Enjoy the simple things. (Need I say more.)
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. (One person who can make me laugh totally out of control is my brother Scott. I just don’t see him enough. When I do, watch out!)
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. (Believe in yourself and nothing can stop you.)
7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge. (Your home is so important. We are so fortunate to have that, aren’t we?)
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. (Just take care of yourself, it is not that hard!)
9. Don’t take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is. (I don’t know about this one. My mom gave me lots of guilt trips to travel. I try it with my kids every once in a while. They just go to the mall :D)
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity. And always remember: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. (You can never tell them enough, can you?)
Hope you enjoyed as much as my mom! Ciao!!