Run the Race to Win!

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The older I get, the older 'old' becomes!

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The phrase above may not make sense to our young Hivers, but it is as if one moves the age goalposts with each decade!

However, when I look at photos of myself, I get a kind of shock, as that really is not the me I see inside!

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I still feel young at heart, mind, and soul. I certainly do not feel like someone who is nearing the big 7 although it's still over a year away, but photos don't lie!

'Knockin' On Heaven's Door'

I remember going to a show some years ago at the Barnyard Theatre, an awesome venue where we regularly booked a large table and gathered special friends and family together to enjoy a night of music and comedy. The decor made it look like a barn and they even had a thick layer of wood shavings on the floor back then. They removed the wood shavings later, as it was a bit of a hazard for the silvery patrons!

One night, there was a birthday celebration at the table next to us, and without realizing what a faux pas he was about to make, the performer announced that the next song was for 'Bob', or whatever his name was, who was celebrating his 70th birthday!

I will never forget the silence in that theatre and the look on the performer's face when the musicians started playing the Guns N' Roses song, 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door'! I cant' remember what he said afterwards to try and lighten the moment, it was so funny, but I can't remember the look on the birthday boy's face!

Age is but a state of mind, and that is so very true!

When we had a school reunion a couple of years ago, it was as if the years melted away and we were young and in high school again.
That is until we started talking about the aches and pains, hip replacements, heart bypasses and some of our school mates who no longer are with us!

I will be celebrating my birthday later this month, 'the same day as Queen Victoria', my father always said! I still enjoy cupcakes, ice cream, lollipops and blowing out the candles with my favourite people around.

Just this morning I saw a video of the 100-year-old runner Lester Wright, who broke the 100-metre sprint record for the Masters Men's 100m dash 80 and older, and this is what he said:

If you're going to go out to run a race, you should really run the race to try to win.

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Is that not how we should try and live our lives?

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I often feel as if time is running away with me, and wonder if I'll ever manage to empty my bucket list; nothing grand but I still have much to do!

There's a shoulder where Death comes to cry
There's a lobby with nine hundred windows
There's a tree where the doves go to die
There's a piece that was torn from the morning
And it hangs in the Gallery of Frost

The late great Leonard Cohen - Take this waltz

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It is the older we get the different we look at the word old.
Everything changes after a certain age. And you so notice in photos. Not in your mind or soul…

O my… still a good song but wasn’t appropriate for a 70th birthday.
Have an awesome day @lizelle 😊you look wonderful 🥰

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Thank you so much @littlebee4, you're very kind!
It is an awesome song but really not a good one to celebrate a 70th birthday not so! I remember what a laugh we all had afterwards as the poor performer was quite shaken at the opening notes!

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you look gorgeous @lizelle and look a lot younger than the age you were saying :)

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Thank you @eylz619, you are too kind🤗

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hahahaha i'm just telling the truth sweetie! you look a lot younger than your age just shows that life is pretty full of laugthers :)

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It IS funny how no matter how much the outside ages and changes, the inside stays the same.

I can't remember the age I was when I realized that older people don't feel older on the inside. It was an interesting realization.

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You are so right @jacey.boldart, it's like an awakening when one comes to that realization not so!
Have a fabulous day!

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Age is but a state of mind, and that is so very true!

This is so true. I believe the greatest goal in life should be to always live with our youthful spirit.

You look great, Lizzie. And of course, you have a lot of things left to do. We should always have that illusion of wanting to do more. I hope that this year when the day comes, you will be able to celebrate your birthday with your loved ones and that it will be a special day. 🤗😘

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I must admit it depends on the sense of humour, I would have laughed and thought it appropriate, but there is nowt as queer as folk Lizzie!

You look great Lizzie and aren't all ladies 21, what my mother told me anyway, so you don't look a day over 21!

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That is so sweet, so I'll stay 21 from now on!
It was funny for us & we had to contain ourselves, but not sure how the gent took it, as his table was silent :)

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hehe yep 21 for now and ever;)
Yes I am sure containing yourselves was the best thing to do!

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