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  1. Happy birthday, Nancy! I too will be 65 in July, and your wonderful and thoughtful post echoes my own feelings about age. I celebrate my silver hairs, my laugh lines and even my sagging neck. My hair style is exactly what I love–good-looking and easy to maintain, minimal (but GOOD) makeup, clothes that are comfortable and look well on me, and so on.

    Nearly every line of your post made me nod my head and say, “Me. too!”

    Here’s to the fabulous age of 65–however long or short the years after may be, they will be GOOD years. In fact, tomorrow my second granddaughter is due to be born. Her nearly five-year old big sister can’t wait to meet her, and neither can I. Life is good, and life beyond 65 is going to be EPIC!

    Best,

    Jane

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  2. Happy Birthday. I have a favorite bit of conversation on aging. It s from the dream sequence of George Bernard Shaw’s “Man and Superman”, the part also known as “Don Juan In Hell.” Setting the scene, Juan has been finding solitude in the outer reaches of Hell and an old woman arrives. He is explaining the ways of the place to her, including that old age is not tolerated and she can appear as any chosen age. They have not recognized each other yet. She is Anna, whose father’s statue sent him to Hell on account of his advances toward her in the opera.

    THE OLD WOMAN: How can I help my age , man?
    DON JUAN: You forget that you have left age behind you in the realm of time. You are no more 77 than you are 7 or 17 or 27.
    THE OLD WOMAN: Nonsense.
    DON JUAN: Consider, Senora; was not this true even when you lived on earth? When you were 70, were you really older underneath your wrinkles and your gray hairs than when you were 30?
    THE OLD WOMAN: No, younger; at 30 I was a fool.

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  3. I can’t resist another favorite:

    When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
    With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
    And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
    And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.
    I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
    And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
    And run my stick along the public railings
    And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

    From: “Warning” by Jenny Joseph

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  4. I enjoyed your honest and humorous post I’m turning 67 this month but still feel very young inside. It’s not over ’til the fat lady sings. And I totally agree about looking your best, etc., although I will admit to having a little botox now and then. N.

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  5. Beautiful post….you deserve to feel free and unrestrained. I am glad you are making these changes. They will make a difference not only for you but those around you. Happy belated birthday to you! Thank you for sharing this. You are lovely.

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  6. Older? We always say, “Think of the alternative! Big hugs to you! Hey, Bobcabking up there was hot that day, no? A birthday gift for you! If the soul is immortal, is it not so always? Is eternal not also now? And so we are indeed always the same, but its just too hard to think, cause we are also becoming this same thing! Pretty weird! And Happy belated Birthday! Get back to writing-MM

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  7. I loved this!! having just turned the big 6-0 last week, your words rang true for me….I have not minded getting older because frankly….I can’t remember my age half the time!!! The most important thing is just what you said about wasting time….nothing is a waste if you are happy doing what you do. Looking forward to reading more!!!

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