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The Upside of Aging

ATTITUDE: Appreciate yourself - even if others don't!

"Dad-isms" that illustrate how to appreciate yourself:

  • "I think I'm the greatest. But I don't think many people believe it."
  • "I'm fascinated by the sound of my voice."
  • "I'm a nice guy in an obnoxious way. I don't hurt anybody."
  • "I'm amazed at how flexible I am at math. I'm really happy with my number nuttiness."

Bumper stickers that illustrate the same concept:

  • "Happiness is being me."
  • "When I grow up I want to be me."
  • "Be yourself. No one does it better."

ACTIVITY: Keep active however you can

Mom and Dad, both in their eighties, gave each other interesting gifts for Christmas 2000. Mom gave Dad new flippers for his swim and the gym. Dad gave Mom 5-pound dumbells. Me: "So where are you setting up your home gym?" Mom: "On the couch. And .in the bedroom. They both use the dumbells. Now how many of you readers who are in your eighties can say that? Raise your hands - but put down the dumbbells first.

Mom had a weak arm from an accident years ago. She has noticed that since she's been working out she can use her arm more and move it around better. Check with your doctor before you start a new exercise program, of course.

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