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Old people Fri, Nov 25, 2005
I almost always make life-changing decisions when I'm around old people.  I used to visit my grandparents in Florida and observe how slow and inactive they were.  That would always encourage me to be more physically active.  I would always be riding a bike or playing basketball.  Sitting around meant getting old.  Sitting around also meant playing board games, hence my current near-hatred of board games.  These games were only played when the weather wasn't nice outside or when the people involved couldn't do anything else.  Board games and other inside games are still always my last choice. 

I'm amazed at what happens when old people fall.  I hear about it all the time.  Somebody falls and breaks their hip or crushes their skull.  From falling.  Not falling out of a 10-story building.  Just falling down while standing up.  That always encourages me to never fall down.  No, actually it again encourages me to stay in shape so that falling down won't mean a near-death injury. 

I can see why someone would want to work with old people (i.e. Becca).  Aside from getting the satisfaction of helping people in need, you get the inspiration to never allow yourself to get that old. And it's not just the age that matters.  It's the physical condition.  I know a woman in her 70s who was a gym teacher her whole entire life.  She's still pretty active and she's in great physical and mental shape.  My grandmother, who's in her 80s, smoked her whole life and is in terrible shape.  She's been in terrible shape for as long as I've known her.  It just goes to show that two people the same age can be completely different in terms of health.  So it's possible not to get "old" in the sense of "assisted living old". 

On the comedic side of things, I think it's funny that old people hate "rock and roll music" and can't learn how to use computers.  I wonder what I'll hate when I'm that old and what I won't be able to learn how to use... #health


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