Aging vs Aging Well

It’s a funny thing. I have worked with children and teens for over three decades (I did the math on my fingers) and if there’s anything that reminds me of how young I am not, it’s each and every one of these youngsters. So the thought of aging vs aging well comes to mind now and then…even when young people say things to me like:

“Kevin. Can you jump?” Depends on how high, I tell her. Why?Kevin with wig
“I have a new game to teach the kids in group. But I don’t want you to get hurt.”

One boy says, “You know Kevin, you could join Hair Club for Men,” But before I could respond, another teen says;
“Oh, we like the round-bald-top of your head. Its how we find you in crowds.”

But among my favorite devious little favorites is this comment that I hear now and again: Kids will sometimes ask me how old I am. Being ‘forever’ honest I tell them, “Well, if you must know, I’m fifty-three years old.”  Then one of them says, “You look younger than my dad and he’s fifty-five.”  But rather than fess up…on the spot, I just say, “Working with you guys just keeps me young.”  After I tell them the truth, they smile and look confused because it’s not what they typically hear, as in from parents, who frequently say things like, “you kids will be the death of me yet!”

Anyway, awhile ago I was sitting with a teenager and we each were sharing our collections of quotes that we had in our own notebooks. Her collection was thinner and crammed helter-skelter with random topics and doodles, and mine rather huge (of course…aged) and sorted mostly by topic. She spots my section on aging and says, “Oh funny. You collect quotes on aging? Why?” I told her she’ll find out some day but not for a long, long time.

But that exchange got me thinking about sharing some quotes on aging well that seem to me to be real, life-affirming and positive in nature. Enjoy.


Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.  ~Sam Ewing

Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball.
– Doug Larso

Do not resent growing old. Many are denied the privilege.
– Author Unknown

It’s important to have a twinkle in your wrinkle.  – Author Unknown

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years.  We grow old by deserting our ideals.  Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.
– Samuel Ullman

I used to be Snow White. But then I drifted.
– Mae West

The years teach much which the days never knew.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
– Mark Twain

When I turned fifty, a girl of twelve said, “You’re not an antique, yet. You’re just a collectable.” Now, approaching age sixty-five, I expect a young woman’s update at any moment.
– Kevin Lee

You know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you’re down there.
– George Burns

My life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is a privilege to do for it whatsoever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no ‘brief candle’ to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment; and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
– George Bernard Shaw

Compiled and offered by Kevin Lee


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Author: Kevin Lee

In a nutshell, Kevin fesses up to the following: He's a retired youth advocate-counselor, a blogger, writer, photographer, rower, Friends Minister, grandpa of six and married to a terrific woman for 43 years and counting!

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