Golden Oldies!

A post I made on FB brought on a discussion of “age.” It made me think of a sight I used to see in my neighborhood. A middle-aged couple walked an obviously older fellow down my street and back up it again. I’m guessing the old guy was in his nineties and the couple who supported him on either side were his kinfolk. I thought, “Now, that is the way to treat your parents.” They got the old gent out and, if he couldn’t make it on his own, with their support and encouragement, they had him doing some exercise. I don’t see them anymore so I guess the old timer has died, but I always admired that couple for keeping him going. I’m sure they extended his life. There is an image, especially in young people’s minds, of what an old person is “supposed” to do and look like. And it’s killing folks before their time.

It’s my belief that people make themselves old, or allow others to make them old, and it’s their choice to accept that or not. When I occasionally go to a doctor (and I don’t do that often) invariably the nurse will come in and say something like, “This birth date on your chart must be wrong.” When I assure her that it’s not, I explain that I just don’t choose to “be old.” Of course we can’t stop the clock and the calendar counts off the years for us. That’s inevitable.

But I have seen too many people, who are younger than I am, who allow their children to make them old. “Here, mama, let me put this shawl around you.” “Daddy, hold my hand when we go down the steps.” “Mama, I’ll carry that for you, you shouldn’t carry heavy things.” “I’ll drive, dad, you shouldn’t be driving at your age.”

Fortunately, I don’t have any grown children around to do things for me, so I do them myself. And I don’t sit around watching TV. I’d rather DO things, than WATCH things. I eat healthy foods, and I weigh the same as I did when I left TV 20 years ago. I walk 3 or 4 miles every other day and I have a dozen “projects” going to keep my brain active. I read everything and always have. And I always read before I go to sleep. I don’t watch any national news on TV because I’ve learned that now it really is “fake news” with a leftist, socialist agenda and that would just make me mad, so I avoid NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC and now since they’ve given in to political correctness, FOX. I can find all the news I need on the Internet.

I know people are shocked when I roll up on my bike and take off my helmet. I’m sure they think, “What is that old white haired man doing on a motorcycle?” Well, I’ve ridden them all my life so far and I see no reason to stop now. Sure, I don’t fool myself – there are things I can’t do now that I did 40 years ago, but what I can do, I do. And being of German descent, I do them as perfectly as possible.

Now, it’s up to you. You can choose to be what young people think “ old people are supposed to be” or you can be what you wish to be. And as long as your brain and your heart stay young – so will you.

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on and available from . .
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4 Responses to Golden Oldies!

  1. Johnny says:

    We accept that we are older than we were, but not old. Johnny I am 66.6 years young and don’t see myself as an old person. Yet again when I am socializing I do realize an age difference quite often. But it’s not how they look or how I may look to the them . the difference I see is not age but our morals and commitment to our society.

  2. Barbara. Fountain says:


  3. Mike Pickett says:

    You’re absolutely right. At 76 I am still an active pilot flying my airplane over 200 hours per year.

  4. Floyd says:

    I finally dropped PSVUE and got DirectvNOW. I still watch FOX NEWs for Hannity. I have decided that for a quick News FIX, I watch OAN (One America Network News) It reminds me of how CNN used to be before the left wing liberals took over and they valued their reputation more than they hated Trump. Check it out on DIrectTV if you still have it. Let me know what you think.
    BTW Jimmy Carter (bless his Peanut farming Heart) is still out trying to build Habitat homes at 92. I always thought he meant well but was just misdirected.
    Catch you later on the Amateur Airwaves!


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