This past weekend, while sitting at the State Wrestling Tournament, the team somehow ended talking about how old Jeremiah was. It was brought to their attention that I am older than he is. For the rest of our time in Huntington, the kids kept telling me I had gray hair (I don't have gray hair, I checked...lol). I also ended up catching an episode of Kourtney & Kim Take NY (don't judge). In the episode, Kim freaks out over turning 30. So, this got me thinking...how old is old?
I polled Facebook. A lot of people thought 60-70 was old. Some said getting gray hair makes you old. I disagree with both. I worked at Buckhannon Manor for a few years. There was a 90 year old woman there who acted like she was 21. Was she old? I don't believe so. She was young in her heart. I think that's the most imporant. As long as you think you're young, you will be. As for the gray hair...my mom started going gray at 20. I still don't think she's old. Have you seen my mama? She looks good!!
I remember sitting at my gate in Pittsburgh International Airport, a year ago. I was on my way to Oklahoma to see Jeremiah. I saw this gorgeous woman walking toward me. She was hands down the most beautiful woman I have ever laid eyes on. She walked over & sat in the seat directly behind me. She pulled out her phone & made a call. I overheard her say it was her birthday, and she was on her way home from a business trip to run a marathon. She turned 50 that day. I couldn't believe it. This woman did not look a day over 30. At that moment, I vowed to really start taking care of myself. I want to be a 50 year old inspiration to a 20 something stranger, one day.
This brings me to the other end of the spectrum...I was at Wal-Mart a few years ago with my mama. We were taking my brother through the toy section, when I spotted a girl I went to school with. She had a few kids with her, I'm not sure if they were hers. She looked tired. She had started getting wrinkles. Her hair was a mess. I asked my mom how old she thought the girl was. My mom's guess? 45. She didn't believe me when I told her she was my age.
These events have shaped MY perception of 'old'. It is my belief that if you take care of yourself, then you're going to look & feel younger. And if you have fun & don't take life (or yourself) to seriously, that'll help too. If you let yourself feel old, then it's going to show on your face. Remember, age is nothing but a number. Keep smiling & stay young at heart.
I googled the word OLD...this is what I got. LOL!!