You’re Getting Old

You’re Getting Old
د. حسام ياغي :Author 30-01-2012 :Date

You’re Getting Old

My wife and others, insist on reminding me everyday of the fact that I’m getting older.    “So what”, I say.


As I’ve aged, I’ve become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself.  I’ve become my own friend.


I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.


Tell me, whose business is it if I choose to read, or play on the computer until 4 AM, or even sleep until noon?


I could dance by myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70’s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I would.


I know I am sometimes forgetful.  But there again, some things are just as well forgettable, and I only remember important things.



Sure, over the years my heart has been broken.  How could your heart not get broken, when you lose a loved one?  But, broken hearts are what give us strength, understanding, and compassion.  A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turn gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.

So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.


As I got older, it became easier to be more positive.  Now I careless about what other people think. I don’t question myself anymore.  I’ve even earned the right to be wrong.



So to conclude, actually I enjoy the fact that I’m getting old, for it has set me free.  I like the person I have become.  I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been or worrying about what might happen.  Here is the rest of things I like about being old:

  • I don’t  any more think of sex 24 hours a day.  Thus my energy is saved.
  • I don’t eat as much, thus some money is saved for the darker days.
  • My hair doesn’t grow as fast as before, thus I make less visits to the barbershop and that’s money saved.
  • I don’t any more buy Playboy, rather I use the money to buy other interesting books like “Confessions of an Economic Hitman”.
  • I don’t have as many friends, thus more time to write about my life and accomplishments before memories are all gone.
  • I’m a lot more proud and self confident beacuse of the long history of success.
  • There is so much I could say “I’ve done that.  I’ve been there.”.
  • I could easily convince people not to smoke in my face, because my faked coughs are now natural and real.
  • My wife doesn’t have to fake anything because she knows that I know.  Now we both accept the way we are.
  • No more money wasted on school fees or school clubs for the kids are men now.
  • I’m closer to God because I’m afraid of getting punished with a prolonged terminal disease.

Word of Wisdon:

When you get old, your secrets are safe with your friends who will never share them because they can’t remember them.   You can’t be young forever, but immaturity can last a life time.    Life is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.



Gegeorge Carlin on Againg:

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we’re 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 four and a half!’ You’re never thirty-six and a half. You’re four and a half, going on five! That’s the key

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 the greatest day of your life . . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30 Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There’s no fun now, you’re Just a sour-dumpling. What’s wrong? What’s changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you’re PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it’s all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn’t think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 andMAKE it to 60.

You’ve built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it’s a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80’s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30 ; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn’t end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; ‘I Was JUST 92.’

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. ‘I’m 100 and a half!’
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!


1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay ‘them.’

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. ‘An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.’ And the devil’s name is Alzheimer’s.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it’s family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever.Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next state; to a foreign country probably.

10. Tell the people you love,  that you love them , at every opportunity.


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