valerie wrote: I think many people focus too much on age.
They showed a lady in the news the other day that is soon to be celebrating
her upcoming 100 birthday. She runs in marathons. She taught herself to
play the organ when in her 80's. She completed her masters degree at the
age of 98.....now she is focusing on getting her doctorate.
No doubt genes play a role but I think our mind set, life style, activity and
what we eat, makes a very big difference.
These are rare and very unique cases. I mean what good will it do her to get her masters and doctorate at her age anyway, other than personal satisfaction maybe, though she should spend the rest of her life enjoying it rather than studying.
To be honest I would not want to make it to 80 I'd rather die and die young and healthy.
I pray every single day that I get taken long before 80. 60 would be good, I think it's enough.
With the sh**** world that is becoming, evil all around, crap all around, I don't think I want to be there to see it.
That said, if I do manage to live to 80 and healthy then so be it, to me health is the most important thing.
Oh my, I think you'll feel differently when you hit 60.
I am 60 years old and I am very glad I am not dead.
I have three grown children and five lovely grand children. In addition, I have some
very loving stepchildren as well. I want to live to see all of them as long as I am
mentally and functionally capable.
Also, I don't think it is quite as rare as you may think in regards to elderly getting
college educations. I have worked in nursing homes and have known plenty of
nursing home patients that went to college from their hospital bed. I could see how
happy it made them. It kept their brain alert and functioning, reduced stress, gave
them a purpose, and so much more. You're never too young and you're never too
old to achieve.
I have an Associates degree in General Studies. I also have a Bachelors degree in
Rehabilitation. I have a minor in Psychology. I had hopes of going for my Masters
degree in Rehabilitation some day but I realize I probably never will. Very few
universities in the USA offer Rehabilitation degrees but I think it is more than it was
when I was in college. Southern Illinois University was the only university that
offered a Masters degree in Rehab. I think a few more do too now.
Anyway, I realize what you mean about this crazy world. However, life is a great
gift and I think we need to focus on all that is good and enjoy our lives as much
as possible and pray for the weary, troubled, and all the pain and sorrow in the
world. That is all we can do, the best we can do, the best we can be.
So be glad you are alive and grab all the gusto you can for as long as you can.