How Not to Act Old by Pamela Redmond Satran
I should clarify something up front, this is not a book I have ever read cover to cover.Â In fact, Iâ€™m quite sure I have not read the entire thing.Â It is a â€œbathroom readerâ€ at my house.Â In a stack of books I rotate through my bathroom for… how to say… â€œidle moments.â€
I have picked up this book more than a few times and flipped to a random page for short and mildly entertaining quips of advice from one middle aged person clinging to their youth (the author) to another (well… me).Â However, before today, it had never really done more than its intended purpose, help pass a few otherwise lifeless moments of time.
Today though, as fortune would have it, I flipped to a page entitled â€œDonâ€™t be the Ricky.â€Â The blurb goes a little something like this:
â€œThe next thing you know youâ€™re the Ricky.Â Youâ€™re yelling and screaming and cursing and threatening.Â Youâ€™re managing the money and blowing your top when the credit card is maxed out and the cell phone bill is through the roof.
Meanwhile your Lucy, your Homer, your Han, is wandering around in a daze, buying yellow shoes, and auditioning for Broadway shows and befriending wookies.Â So tell me, who do you want to be: the screaming check-writer or the starry-eyed, golden-shoed, wookie-lover?â€
When it comes to avoiding the AARP label, I think the point here is pretty obvious.Â There is also, I think, a deeper lesson here, however.Â More important than perhaps appearing to be a decade younger than you are… there are proven health benefits to living a life with reduced stress.Â Study after study has shown that reducing stress helps reduce health risks (suck and risk of heart attack) and extends life expectancy.
So, take a page (literally) from this otherwise average tome, learn it and then live it.Â You not only might wind up living longer, but enjoying that life more as well.
… and if you happen to get carded a few more times alone the way… even better!