I’m pretty proud of the fact that I have never really been bothered by aging. Deep down inside I’m 25 at heart and thinking that I’m still looking good (yes, I’m delusional), but lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my age. There’s something about a birthday—especially birthdays when you start turning the corner and heading toward 50—that make you stop and reflect on the prospect of getting old.
In January, just a few weeks before her 76th birthday, my mother got the unpleasant surprise of a brain tumor and underwent surgery to remove it. She is doing great and, luckily, the tumor was not cancerous. As she recuperates, I’ve been helping my mother quite a bit, and today I went to the bookstore to pick up a few books she ordered. I didn’t know what I was picking up and was sure it was some religious or devotional-type book that my mother likes to read. I paid for the books, walked to my car, and opened the bag to see what Mom was so anxious to read. A huge smile spread across my face, and I started to laugh out loud when I read the title of the book: Never Act Your Age: Play the Happy Childlike Role Well at Every Age, by Dale L. Anderson, M.D.
If you know my mother, her book choice will not surprise you, but I have to admit, I found it highly amusing. I also found it to be a total kick in the ass for me. What the hell am I so worried about? My mother just had brain surgery, and she’s already back on track, trying to figure out how not to act her age, have fun, and be happy! This is rare but I actually have to admit that I want to follow my mom’s lead on this one and start acting a little more like her.
I perused the back cover quickly, and if you are curious, the key ingredients are happiness, laughter, good moods, and music. Here’s a few gems from the book:
– Grinners are Winners.
– Lighten up and the world is brighter and more beautiful.
– Knock the “EL” out of __derly and become WELLderly!
– Make your pleasures habits.
– We don’t stop playing because we’re old: we grow old because we stop playing.
Yeah – my Mom is definitely a player! She doesn’t know it yet, but I’m keeping the book for a few days to check it out. The way I see it, you’re never too young to learn how to never act your age.