From time to time I glance through Coffeetalks I’ve done through the years and as time marches on and we all get older I’d like to revisit George Carlin’s views on aging that I talked about more than a dozen years ago. He wondered if we realized that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we are kids. If you’re less than 10 years old you’re so excited about aging that you think in fractions. “How old are you”? “I’m 4 ½”. You’re never 36 ½ but you’re 4 ½ going on 5. You get into your teens. Now they can’t hold you back. You jump to the next number or even a few ahead.
“How old are you”? “I’m gonna be 16”. You could be 13 but, hey, you’re gonna be 16! And then you BECOME 21. The words sound like a ceremony. But then you turn 30. Makes you sound like bad milk. He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There’s no fun now. You BECOME 21. You TURN 30. Then you’re PUSHING 40. Whoa. Put on the brakes. It’s slipping away. Before you know it you REACH 50, and your dreams are gone. But wait, you MAKE IT to 60. So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50, MAKE IT to 60. You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70. After that it’s a day to day thing. I’ll end with a thought from George Burns. He said if you live to be 100, you’ve got it made. Very few people die past that age.