Too old to die young

@JudyEv (134735)
Bunbury, Australia
December 19, 2017 6:12am CST
A friend sent me an email regarding a calendar put out by a German nursing home. Various residents appear in each month. Professional photographers and make-up artists were used to create some very classy photos. The stances are all iconic so James Bond is there together with classic poses from Dirty Dancing, Easy Rider, Cabaret, Titanic and others. However it is the last quotation that hit home with me. It reads ‘Do not regret growing old. It is a privilege denied to many.’ So that is something to ponder on for us oldies. Be grateful for every day above ground. As I said to Vince just a day or two ago ‘we’re now too old to die young’. He and I need to remember to be grateful for the fact that we are still alive. The photo is of Queen Victoria in George Square, Glasgow, Scotland, with an irreverent seagull perched on her head. Isn't it a beautiful model of the horse?
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@andriaperry (58503)
• United States
19 Dec
This passed year reminds me to love each day.
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@JudyEv (134735)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Dec
Me too. We've lost a few friends this year and others definitely are showing their age.
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@Daelii (5901)
• United States
19 Dec
I love that quote. I've been worried a bit lately. I'm getting close to the age my mom was when she passed away. :(
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@andriaperry (58503)
• United States
19 Dec
I felt the same way, I made it and so can you.
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@JudyEv (134735)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Dec
My mother got to 104 so I'm not worrying for the same reason as you at least. I know it's natural to worry a bit but many live longer than their parents did.
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@DianneN (84977)
• United States
19 Dec
We were lucky to see that very statue in Glasgow!!! I recognized it instantly when I opened your page, and it's been a little over five years since I saw it. At least my old memory isn't gone, yet! That is a very wise quote, and one which we try very hard to live by.
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@JudyEv (134735)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Dec
It's a lovely statue isn't it? We've been watching Victoria on the TV and it's a very interesting show. Did you see this statue too?
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@WriterAI (5231)
• Bulgaria
20 Dec
@JudyEv I didn't see it. That's why thank you for your very informative post.
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@JudyEv (134735)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Dec
@WriterAI You're welcome.
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@Madshadi (8921)
• Brussels, Belgium
19 Dec
Some people have the best times of their lives when they get older.
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@JudyEv (134735)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Dec
That is very true. It all depends on your outlook doesn't it?
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@Madshadi (8921)
• Brussels, Belgium
20 Dec
@JudyEv very much
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@LadyDuck (175750)
• Switzerland
19 Dec
When my grandmother complained saying that it's not funny to grow old, I told her all the time to think at the alternative.
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@JudyEv (134735)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Dec
Yes, the alternative isn't very attractive is it?
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@LadyDuck (175750)
• Switzerland
20 Dec
@JudyEv No it's not, unless you are sick and no more active and capable to do everything on your own. I would not like to live like a vegetable.
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@JudyEv (134735)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Dec
@LadyDuck I think that would be a terrible fate.
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@amadeo (73005)
• United States
19 Dec
Your right it is a beautiful model there.Thank you for your interesting article.Good morning from here
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@JudyEv (134735)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Dec
Sometimes the statues are so high up it's hard to get a nice photo.
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@amadeo (73005)
• United States
20 Dec
@JudyEv yes there are some way up to high.Like in Italy
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@JudyEv (134735)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Dec
@amadeo Yes and all you can do is take a photo looking up at them.
@Kandae11 (40370)
19 Dec
The Queen and horse look rather elegant.. I do wonder what that seagull is thinking.
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@JudyEv (134735)
• Bunbury, Australia
19 Dec
It's a lovely statue isn't it? I think he is thinking 'what a great view from here'.
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@Corbin5 (115753)
• United States
19 Dec
Yes, we really need to focus on the fact that we are still alive and make the most of it.
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@JudyEv (134735)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Dec
It's easy to get a bit sad about all our aches and pains but we're very lucky really.
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• Eugene, Oregon
20 Dec
I have been so fortunate with my health that I often think about being to old to die young. I recently announced to the group I play ping pong with that we certainly got past early onset Alzheimer's.
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@JudyEv (134735)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Dec
Do you know I hadn't thought about early onset Alzheimer's but I guess you're right. Something else to be thankful for.
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@1hopefulman (32419)
• Canada
19 Dec
‘Do not regret growing old. It is a privilege denied to many.’ That is a different spin on old age. Interesting!
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@JudyEv (134735)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Dec
It is good to be reminded that it is almost a privilege to grow old.
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@Asylum (48224)
• Manchester, England
19 Dec
I like that quotation. It certainly applies to me because I passed that danger a long time ago.
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@JudyEv (134735)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Dec
We forget sometimes that others would give a lot to reach our age.
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@teamfreak16 (41379)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
20 Dec
The key, I think, is staying busy. One of my favorite song lyrics, by Maynard James Keenan: "Recognize this as a holy gift and celebrate this chance to be alive and breathing"
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@JudyEv (134735)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Dec
I would have to agree with that. My mother lived to 104 and was in her own home until she was 99. Not having enough to keep herself occupied in the nursing home was a constant source of frustration for her. At the finish, her sight had gone and she was nearly deaf. She used to fold towels for the laundry ladies just so she had something to do.
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@teamfreak16 (41379)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
20 Dec
@JudyEv - I used to work in a military grocery store in Denver. It was very easy to tell the difference between the retirees that were active and the ones that weren't.
@yanzalong (10174)
• Indonesia
20 Dec
The horse? I think it is. Aging is unavoidable process, isn't it?
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@JudyEv (134735)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Dec
It is unavoidable and we need to remember that we are very lucky to be getting older.
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@yanzalong (10174)
• Indonesia
20 Dec
@JudyEv That's right. I agree with you.
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@just4him (127043)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
20 Dec
I'm too old to die young also. That calendar must be very nice. I agree, that is a good statue of the horse and Queen Victoria. Yes, the seagull is irreverent.
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@JudyEv (134735)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Dec
Seagulls and pigeons make a terrible mess of statues sometimes.
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@just4him (127043)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
20 Dec
@JudyEv I'm sure they do.
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@YrNemo (14703)
19 Dec
Thanks for pointing that seagull out. I did check the photo in the beginning, admiring the horse, but couldn't work out what that white top 'thing' was that sit on a horse. Thought it was a kind of a fancy torch . Now that you explained, I could see very clearly some handsome figure sitting there on that beautiful horse, with the despicable and illiterate seagull which didn't learn enough history, hence, had no respect for that queen!
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@JudyEv (134735)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Dec
Pigeons are as bad aren't they? Maybe worse as they're quite happy to shat all over statues.
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@YrNemo (14703)
20 Dec
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@Juliaacv (33168)
• Canada
19 Dec
There's a lot of truth to that quote.
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@JudyEv (134735)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Dec
It's easy to get hung about our aches and pains and forget that some don't get the chance to live past adulthood.
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@Juliaacv (33168)
• Canada
20 Dec
@JudyEv My Dad passed when he was 73, but after the fact I realized that he had been dying for a couple of years and that although 73 is considered to be quite young, for him it was not.
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@valmnz (12744)
• New Zealand
20 Dec
Yes, we need to all remember that each day alive is a precious gift. What worries me is the saying, only the good die young. Am I allowed to dispute that?
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@JudyEv (134735)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Dec
You certainly can and I'd back you up on it.
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@hostessman (9950)
• Tucson, Arizona
20 Dec
yes i agree you either grow old or you disappear
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@JudyEv (134735)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Dec
Exactly.
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@sjvg1976 (18407)
• Delhi, India
20 Dec
We should enjoy each and every moment of life and should not worry about our age.
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@JudyEv (134735)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Dec
That's very true. We are very lucky to still be here and we should be thankful for that.
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• United States
20 Dec
That is a great quote, and really helps to change my ideas. Thanks for that!
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@JudyEv (134735)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Dec
We can get bogged down with being old sometimes. It's good to remember not all get the opportunity.
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