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Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio ."To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 42 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.3. Life is too short – enjoy it..4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will. 5. Pay off your credit cards every month.6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.8. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.11. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.12. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it…14 Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.15. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.16. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.17. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.19. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.20. Over prepare, then go with the flow.21. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.22. The most important sex organ is the brain.23. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’25. Always choose life.26. Forgive but don’t forget. 27. What other people think of you is none of your business. 28. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.30. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does..31. Believe in miracles.32. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.33. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.34. Your children get only one childhood.35. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.36. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.37. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.38. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.39. The best is yet to come…40. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.41. Yield.42. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 42 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it..

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will. 

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.

9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

11. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

12. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it…

14 Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

15. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

16. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

17. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

19. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

20. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

21. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

22. The most important sex organ is the brain.

23. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

25. Always choose life.

26. Forgive but don’t forget. 

27. What other people think of you is none of your business. 

28. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

30. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does..

31. Believe in miracles.

32. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

33. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

34. Your children get only one childhood.

35. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

36. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

37. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

38. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.

39. The best is yet to come…

40. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

41. Yield.

42. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

magbry:
nelsonstorm:

My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”… Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep.
When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and don’t embarrass me. Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a girl?When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don’t look at me that way … remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life’s issues every day… the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through.If I occasionally lose track of what we’re talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can’t, don’t be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you.And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked. When those days come, don’t feel sad… just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love. I’ll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you … my darling daughter.Original text in Spanish and photo by Guillermo Peña.Translation to English by Sergio Cadena

nelsonstorm:

My dear girl, the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through. If when we talk, I repeat the same thing a thousand times, don’t interrupt to say: “You said the same thing a minute ago”… Just listen, please. Try to remember the times when you were little and I would read the same story night after night until you would fall asleep.


When I don’t want to take a bath, don’t be mad and don’t embarrass me. Remember when I had to run after you making excuses and trying to get you to take a shower when you were just a girl?

When you see how ignorant I am when it comes to new technology, give me the time to learn and don’t look at me that way … remember, honey, I patiently taught you how to do many things like eating appropriately, getting dressed, combing your hair and dealing with life’s issues every day… the day you see I’m getting old, I ask you to please be patient, but most of all, try to understand what I’m going through.

If I occasionally lose track of what we’re talking about, give me the time to remember, and if I can’t, don’t be nervous, impatient or arrogant. Just know in your heart that the most important thing for me is to be with you.

And when my old, tired legs don’t let me move as quickly as before, give me your hand the same way that I offered mine to you when you first walked. When those days come, don’t feel sad… just be with me, and understand me while I get to the end of my life with love. I’ll cherish and thank you for the gift of time and joy we shared. With a big smile and the huge love I’ve always had for you, I just want to say, I love you … my darling daughter.

Original text in Spanish and photo by Guillermo Peña.
Translation to English by Sergio Cadena

falld0wnnevergetbackupagain:

-“Happy at One Hundred”: by Karsten Thormaehlen is a beautiful series of portraits of centenarians happy and fulfilled elders,conducted by the German photographer between 2006 and 2012,the photographer has photographed more than 40 centenarians who lived each two world wars,and saw the world change before their eyes:communications,transportation, Governments,Technology,etc.

yeulx:

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monstertm:

Twins. - Mary Ellen Mark

monstertm:

Twins. - Mary Ellen Mark

theroyaltenenbears:

69 year old skating professor, Tom Winters.

theroyaltenenbears:

69 year old skating professor, Tom Winters.

In her ongoing series Viv(r)e la Vie!, which we spotted thanks toFeature Shoot, Spanish photographer Ana Galan captures old couples dancing in different countries across the globe.

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"Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible."- Bob Harper

"Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible."
- Bob Harper

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