Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I know not all countries celebrate Thanksgiving but all of us can be thankful for the many blessings we have on this day. One of the many things I am thankful for is the availability of good books and the wisdom their authors share.
This morning I started reading Dick Van Dyke’s book called KEEP MOVING and Other Tips and Truths About Aging (only $11 on Amazon). I planned to read it and then share some of the best parts with you. I still plan to do just that but I already want to share some of the introduction from KEEP MOVING. Yes, it was that good! Here it is:
“Old age should be revered, admired, respected, treated to dinner, opened and allowed to breathe like a fine wine, given aisle seats on an airplane, helped up the stairs, and looked upon with patience, especially in the checkout line at the grocery store. Old people like to make conversation with the checkers. If approached correctly, says this former Boy Scout, old age should be considered a merit badge for a life well lived. Old age should be a lot of things. But it should not be rushed.
I am 89 years old as I write this at my home in Malibu, California, which means I am in my 90th year on this planet, and by definition, I am old. Very old, I suppose–older than the average male, who now lives to be 76.4 years old (the average female lives to be 81.2). But if you are 65 or thereabouts today, your life expectancy is even longer. You should start thinking of 65 as the new 40. In other words, you aren’t old yet–you are merely on the launching pad of old age.