Motivational Monday-You’re Still Here!

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Home Stager with Room Service Home Staging

Motivational Monday-You’re Still Here!


When I turned 50 many years ago, I thought “That’s it. My life is over.”  Why bother with pedicures anymore? Who cares about grey hair?

Some people have this feeling when they turn 40 or other milestones. For me, it was at 50. 

 

 

But then I read a book by Joan Rivers that came out that same year...Don’t Count the Candles: Just Keep the Fire Lit.  It was exactly what I needed. That very funny lady kept going until her death and I wish she were still alive so I could give her a big hug. 

 

You and I have met people who seem to give up when they reach a certain age...they have no desire to learn anything about technology or try anything new. They turn themselves into “old” long before the expiration date.

 

I don’t want to be that person. 


We have a good friend I’ve written about many times.  Vic is maybe 75 now (I’ve lost count) and if you met him you might guess that he was a lot younger. Vic was shot in the back in the jungles of Vietnam and had to play "dead" while the Viet Cong had their lunch only a few feet away.



He stays active and could run circles around many men half his age.


Vic recently sold his condo on the beach and bought a home and just finished renovating it!  And knowing him, he had his hands and input in everything!

 

The other day he texted that he’d written an article about his M60 that he carried in Vietnam and submitted it to Vietnam magazine. It was accepted! 

 

As he said “You never know where life will take you. Just keep going”

 

 

And isn’t that the truth? It’s been just over 20 years since I thought “Well that’s it” and yes, I’m still here. Still getting pedicures and making sure those greys stay hidden. 

 

Whatever your age is, God willing, you will continue to grow older with each passing day. Just don’t let yourself get old. Get out there this week and do something the 30-year-old you would never have done!




You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old. George Burns

 

Age is not important unless you're a cheese. Helen Hayes

 

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. Henry Ford

 

No one can avoid aging, but aging productively is something else. Katharine Graham

Comments (27)

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

Thank you for today's motivation.  I have noticed lately that the people around us are so much younger.  I don't feel older until I look in the mirror.  My younger friends do keep me moving.  Thankfully, they do not seem to mind my wife and I hanging around.  Happy Monday to you!  

Jul 05, 2021 06:57 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Kathy - I am glad you included the Helen Hayes quote in your post.  It's a classic.  Age-wise and for so many other reasons.  Good choice.  🙃

Jul 05, 2021 08:24 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning Kathy! I was just thinking about milestones this morning as it is the anniversary of a big birthday party I attended. And as for Joan Rivers, it takes fortitude to find the bright side after your husband commits suicide. She was quite the woman.

Jul 05, 2021 09:41 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Kathy,

I am still chucckling about the Helen Hayes quote.  I think I have mentioned before the inspiring energy of seeing Robert Mondavi and his wife at breakfast each morning at the cafe we frequented in Yountville.  He was in his late 80's and came in with a spring in his step...A

Jul 05, 2021 10:55 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Kathy I am just about a couple of decades beyond 50, feel like I have a lot more life to live and learn.

Jul 05, 2021 10:57 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Kathy- I feel like I can do what I want now in my 70's  and I am aiming for just that.  I think I had issues with age too when I was around 50.

Jul 05, 2021 12:27 PM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Yeppir.  We all get older.  No avoiding it.  But we can damn well decide in what fashion we will add the years on.  Thank you for the post.  Mark

Jul 05, 2021 03:15 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Nina Hollander, Broker you and I are on the same page! My age is something on my birth certificate...how I feel is what I think of when I think of age. 

Wayne Martin I feel the same way. I am thankful for every day I have. 

 

Jul 05, 2021 04:41 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

When I turned 40, I was so depressed that I rooted and foraged in bed for three days.  Yet, when I turned 50, 60 and even 70, it seemed easy.  I think everyone has a "special" birthday that hits them like a wall, and we need to work to break through.

Jul 05, 2021 04:58 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Kathy, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

Jul 05, 2021 04:59 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

And you will be Brian England With your faith and how active you are...you will be going strong at 100!


Kat Palmiotti being  It's so important to be active mentally and physically.  When our first agent told us how old she was, I was floored. I thought she was 20 years younger. 

Jul 05, 2021 04:59 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

1~Judi Barrett Cheers to the next milestone!!!  My friend's mother is 102 and going strong!

Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog it really is. 

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty nothing wrong with that as long as you schedule in some fun time with friends and family. 


Jul 05, 2021 05:10 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty with our extended family in Florida, we were about a dozen years younger than the parents and the same or more older than their children. We did things with all of them together and separately. It kept us all young. 

Michael Jacobs isn't that a great quote from here. 


 

Jul 05, 2021 05:13 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Rocky Dickerson she was something else. I sometimes watched her when she was selling her jewelry on QVC just because she was so funny. 


Ron and Alexandra Seigel I think I remember that!!!  Our friend I mentioned above has a girlfriend who is about 33. They are two kindred spirits and perfect for each other. 

Jul 05, 2021 05:17 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

George Souto I feel like I'm in my 50s! If I can learn something new every day I feel good!


Grant Schneider Sometimes I feel like I'm locked in at 50 (in my head.)

Jul 05, 2021 05:21 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint that's what I'm doing!  Growing older is a fact of life, if we're lucky. I just don't plan on being old. 


Myrl Jeffcoat thank you for the feature in your group. For me, it was the Joan Rivers book!!

 

Jul 05, 2021 05:24 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Kathy,  I recently visited my doctor - just routine.  During the appointment she said something about -well, you don't have to worry about that until you are 102.  So, I said, "good, I'll see you then."   Hoping to hit this goal - head on.

Jul 05, 2021 07:33 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Kathy.

My mind tells me I'm 30, my body screams not today cowboy.  I still keep going, with no plans of stopping

Jul 06, 2021 12:17 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

So true! I love the quotes you chose to include!

Jul 06, 2021 02:49 PM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

I enjoyed reading your post it reminds me of an old saying my Dad used to say: You are as old as you feel and act. Here is my favorite from your post:

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. Henry Ford

Jul 07, 2021 07:54 AM