Though there are no doubt many incredible things about Western culture today, among the things that are truly a shame is our collective fear of aging. With everything from Hollywood movies to billboards to magazines glamorizing the idea of the idea of forever staying young and beautiful, it can be easy to overlook all the incredible wisdom that older members of our society have to offer. That’s why we’ve composed a collection of quotes by the elderly that will teach you how you to live a better life and maybe even a longer one.
The elderly ladies and gentlemen you’ll meet here consist of authors, World War 2 veterans, painters and people who have managed to live life well into their 90’s or even into their 100s. The one thing they all have in common is a refusal to let their age have an impact on their enjoyment of life.
These quotes by the elderly that will teach you how to live a long healthy life, feature doctors who are still practicing, writers who are still writing, and one woman who loves hitting the ski slopes regardless of the fact that she’s 100 years old. So without further ado, check out these quotes by the elderly that will teach you how to live an extraordinary life
“Don’t look at the calendar. Just keep celebrating every day.” -Ruth, 92
“Fall in love, get married. Sex is to be encouraged.” - Dr. Ephraim Engleman, 100
“People today don’t believe in God enough and that’s why we have the unnecessary problems we have today.” - Adrine Chauvin Lee, 100
"Be active. I do things my way, like skiing when I’m 100." - Elsa Bailey, 100
“If you’re positive you can get through it OK. When you think negatively, you’re putting poison on your body. Just smile. They say laughter is the best medicine there is.” - Elsa Bailey, 100
"Just go ahead and do your thing, no matter what."- Marian Cannon Schlesinger , 101
"I think there are a lot of privileged women who are frustrated. They just don't know what they want to do and they need to go out and use their education and talent." - Marian Cannon Schlesinger, 101
"Early on I decided being a painter was what I wanted to be but I wanted to be a lot of other things too. I wanted to write. I wanted to play tennis. I wanted to have a lot of friends. I wanted to have a lot of beaus. I think I've been very lucky. But I think that I've made some of it for myself. I never gave up. I wanted it all, in other words, and I think I really almost got it all too." - Marian Cannon Schlesinger, 101
"“I attribute my longevity to a great extent to walking, not being in the back of the car strapped down." - George Boggess, WW2 Vet, 101
“We all remember how as children, when we were having fun, we often forgot to eat or sleep. I believe that we can keep that attitude as adults, too. It’s best not to tire the body with too many rules such as lunchtime and bedtime.” - Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, 103
“To stay healthy always, take the stairs and carry your own stuff. I take two stairs at a time, to get my muscles moving.” - Dr Shigeaki Hinohara, 103
“Find a role model and aim to achieve even more than they could ever do.” - Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, 103
“This is some advice for the ladies. Don’t marry an older man, marry a younger one.” - Peggy, 100
"I try not to worry. I just try to live." - Katharine Weber, 102
“I don’t care what you’re passionate about: maybe saving Dixie cup covers. But if you do it passionately, you’re alive.” - Bel Kaufman, 100
“Age is not a disease.” - Bel Kaufman, 100
As you can see, what seems to unite these incredible older folks is their refusal to give a damn how old they are, no matter what stereotypes or suggestions that culture may throw at them. The one theme that seems to be consistent among much of their advice is going out there to make a life for yourself that’s well worth living into your old age.
Despite our collective horror at the idea of losing the beauty of our youth, what could be more beautiful that seeing a hundred year old woman passing you on the ski slopes? As tempting as it can be to imagine that we have plenty of time to do the things we love, the truth is that life happens more quickly that many of us can ever imagine. So maybe instead of obsessing over how to live up to the standards of beauty constantly put out there by our culture, we should try instead to focus on living an all-around gorgeous life, no matter what age we happen to be.
Another thing that you can’t help but notice among the advice of many of these folks is that of mind over matter. You can’t help but wonder whether old people stop getting out and moving as much because they are old or because that’s what they’ve been conditioned to think is what happens as you age.
As you can see, mindset seems to go a long way in staying young at heart, so why not take the time to examine your outlook today? Perhaps even have a conversation with your future self, imagining that 90-year-old you could look back today and give you some advice? Would you tell yourself to go out there and love more and worry less? What passions might the future you regret not chasing in your younger years? Better to find out now than wait until you wish you had better advice to give when your 90th birthday rolls around!
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