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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A COWBOY'S GUIDE TO LIVING

My stepson and me

My brother-in-law, Reid sent a copy of this great article written by Patrick Dorinson and published on April 12, 2012 via Fox News On-Line.  Since I am exactly the same age as this guy, it sure gave me something to think about! Thanks for sending Reid and for writing it Patrick.

This is an article I read several weeks ago on Fox news on line.  I tried to figure out how to forward it as a email, but  couldn't.  I tried to print it several times, but my printer decided to go on strike. Yesterday, I came to my computer and found about 8 to 9 copies printed out.  It is an article written by Patrick Dorinson and was printed on 8 April 2012.  Enjoy.  Reid

Every day for the next 19 years 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 and be eligible for social security and medicare.  That is if there is any money left.

This year along with other boomers were born in 1952, I will turn 60.  I am not quite ready to retire and the way the economy is going  it looks like a lot of us including myself will be working longer than we anticipated.

And with my youth and middle age in the rearview mirror,  the end gets closer every day unless they figure a way to replace all the worn out parts of my body or found a fountain of youth.  Even if I make it to the ripe old age of 100, I am way past  the halfway mark of my life.

This point was painfully driven home  the other day when I received a solicitation for "burial and final expense insurance" from the AARP.  I guess before before you die you need to write last check for that "final expense".  The good news is it will be the last bill you will ever have to pay.  The bad news is that it will be the last bill you will ever have to pay.

When I get up in the morning my body makes sounds like a bowl of Rice Krispies when the milk gets poured on it--snap, crackle and pop.  But I am reasonably healthy.  I exercise as much as I can to stay one step ahead of the Grim Reaper and can still be in the saddle all day if need be.

And turning 60 doesn't  scare me one lick.  According to some things I have read lately, 60 is the "new" 40.  But  no amount of Botox or plastic surgery, regular exercise or a more healthy diet can turn back the clock and actually make you 40 again.  The fountain of youth doesn't exist.

So to help my fellow baby boomers prepare for the next phase of life,  here is a little cowboy wisdom as we all get closer to that final sunset.

1. BE CAREFUL ABOUT READING HEALTH BOOKS.  YOU COULD DIE OF A MISPRINT.


This quote from Mark Twain is right on point.  Every day, we are bombarded with articles, books, studies and TV doctors telling us all the things that will kill us.  They happen to be all the good things like a cheeseburger.  So  pay absolutely no attention to all all these scare tactics.  Just ignore all the noise  and enjoy life.  Unless you want to spending your golden years worrying about what may or may not kill you.

2.  MAKE TIME FOR YOUR LOVED ONES.  WE ARE NOT PROMISED TOMORROW SO MAKE THE MOST OF TODAY.

At the end of the day family is all you really have.  Stay in close contact with siblings and other family members.  And if you have been at odds with a family member, make peace with them now.  It doesn't  matter how it started or who is to blame.  Carrying grudges is bad for your health and it makes gatherings at Thanksgiving unpleasant.

3. DON'T INTERFERE WITH SOMETHING THAT AIN'T BOTHERING YOU NONE.

There is no need to elevate your blood pressure any more than you have over  things you can't do anything about.  If it ain't  bothering you, let it go'

4. LIVE AN HONORABLE LIFE.  THEN WHEN YOU GET OLDER AND THINK BACK YOU'LL ENJOY IT A SECOND TIME.

Choose your memories.  Look back  and see how far you have come  and give yourself a pat on the back.  It may not had always gone the way you wanted but if you lived an honorable life and always strived to do the right thing, you should feel  justly proud.

5. FINALLY, WE ALL HAVE TO ACCEPT THE FACT OUR TIME IS LIMITED.

In 1962 when I was 10 years old, the Cuban Missile Crisis was in full swing.  My dad had started me on the newspapers as soon as I could read so I knew what was going on.  There was talk of nuclear war and neighbors were building bomb shelters.  People were scared.  Was this the end?  I started thinking about death and it really worried about it.  So, I took my worried look into the kitchen where my mother was cooking dinner and asked her about dying.

She sat me down and said "Patrick, everybody is going to die someday.  The quicker you understand that, the sooner you can get on with the business of living."  It is something I have never forgotten.

So as we boomers embark on the next chapter of our lives, rather than  worrying about getting older, we should jus get on with the business of  living.  And I'll bet if we do, we will live a lot longer.

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