Friday, February 6, 2015

Unconventional Aging Again

It is not how old you are but how you are old.  ~~ Marie Dressler

For my 60th birthday, my friend sent me a card. On the front was a picture of an older woman gleefully propelling herself along on a tricycle, and on the inside was the Marie Dressler quote above. For those of you who have never heard of Marie Dressler, she was an actress born in 1868  who started in vaudeville, moved into silent films and eventually won an Oscar...yes the Oscar's have been around that long.

I imagine I would have been an admirer of Marie Dressler had she still been alive when I was born. In an age of beautiful movie stars (not much different than today), she was rather plain and frumpy. But that never stopped her from getting into show business and making it all the way to the top.

So, on your next birthday, especially if you're feeling trepidation about getting older, shake it off. Age is a gift to be embraced, and it truly has little to do with the number but in how you perceive it.



Wednesday, February 4, 2015

More Unconventional Aging

I never think about what I can't do. ~~ Tao Porchon-Lynch

Meet Tao Porchon-Lynch. She is a spry 96-years-young yoga teacher...the oldest yoga teacher on record.

Tao has been teaching yoga for decades and, not surprisingly, is strong and flexible. When yoga didn't keep her busy enough, she decided to take up ballroom dancing. Who does this in their 90's you ask...only someone who embraces life everyday and doesn't let herself be bothered with what others may think a woman of 96 should be doing.

Since my 40th birthday, when I realized I had to change my lifestyle, I have believed that  being active is one of the best things a person can do to stay young. That's when I started running and going to the gym. Although 40 is just a spec in the rearview mirror of my life, I make it a point to exercise every morning. It's no more of a chore for me than brushing my teeth.

Here is a link so you can see for yourself what 96 can look like. It's never too late to start improving your life.

Yoga Master Tao Porchon-Lynch



Monday, February 2, 2015

Unconventioinal Aging

I think we can win over all our adversities with love.   ~~Edythe Kirchmaier

I'm friends with a most remarkable woman...well not real friends...just Facebook friends. Her name is Edythe Kirchmaier. She is always cheerful and giving of herself, spending many hours volunteering for an organization called Direct Relief in California. She's been a guest on the Jay Leno Show as well as Ellen and Oprah. 

I haven't been in a fan club since the Beatles burst on the scene in the 60's, although I do admit to a "cougar-crush" on Bruno Mars, but I am certainly a huge fan of Edythe and want to model myself after her. You see, Edythe just turned 107. She got her driver's license renewed at age 105 which earned her a visit to Jay Leno, Oprah and Ellen; and she volunteers regularly at Direct Relief.

To learn more about this amazing woman, follow the link below:

Edythe on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday Series

Age is just a number, it's your take on life that makes all the difference, after all...