Monday, April 16, 2012

Keep On Playin'

When my dad was just a little older than I am now, people (especially my mom) were always telling him how at his age, “he should really start to slow down.”  The thing is, he was always a pretty active guy – and so “slowing down” wasn’t really a possibility in his eyes. He loved to go run around with his grandchildren, join me for a jog, and was always outside fixing, weeding, shoveling, lifting – well into his 80’s. When doctors or family would lecture him about “taking it easy,” giving it a rest,” he’d just put a smirk on his face and nod his head, just to end the conversation.

Suzie, he’d say to my mom – “like Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, ‘Men do not quite playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.’” Then he’d turn around and go right back to what he was doing.

I always got a chuckle out of the “old man” when he’d pull that one out. I mean, while lots of time I agreed with my mom and the others who felt concerned about his well-being, I always knew he had a point. He was passionate about life and about living that life exactly how he wanted. There was no way, up until the day he died, that he was going to “quit playing” – regardless of his age and perceptual limitations.

The way my dad lived his life was really admirable to me – and it’s that attitude that I like to think I carry with me as I gracefully walk into my older years. I may be getting’ up there, but I know I still have a hell of a lotta fire left in me. So, to keep me going, I don’t ever plan on “quitting the game.” In fact, there’s a new league of games that I still have left to play.
Really enjoying this part of life and…

Flyin’ Free

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