When we get old…

“Around the corner, I met Anne Braveman, seventy-nine, and Rita Kahn, eighty-six, who told me they had gone to the movies the week before. It wasn’t some official, prearranged group outing. It was just two friends who decided they wanted to go see The King’s Speech on a Thursday night… A nursing assistant had to agree to join them. Braveman was paralyzed from the waist down due to multiple sclerosis and got around by motorized wheelchair; Kahn was prone to falls and needed a walker. They had to pay the $15 fare for a wheelchair-accessible vehicle to take them. But it was possible for them to go. They were looking forward to watching Sex and the City on DVD next.

“Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey yet?” Kahn asked me, impishly.

I allowed, modestly, that I had not.

“I had never heard of chains and that stuff,” she said, marvelling. Had I? she wanted to know.

I really didn’t want to answer that…”

(from Being Mortal by Atul Gawande)

We do not stop having fun when we get old.
We get old when we stop having fun…


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30 thoughts on “When we get old…

  1. So nice
    I share your conclusion

  2. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

  3. Lisa Coleman says:

    This is how I envision my life in 30 years. Still having fun! Great post!

  4. Lisa Coleman says:

    Reblogged this on Open Your Eyes Too! and commented:
    Wanted to share this as this is how I hope to be in 30 years.

  5. I love the story and quote! I hope I’m still having fun when I’m in my 80’s!

  6. 😀 you’re right !

  7. What a great sense of humor. Thanks for the laughs.

  8. The lady in the video is bold and hilarious, and certainly sure of herself. I hope to never get “old.”

  9. I have lived 78 years of all kinds of days, good, bad and other, and I still am thrilled each morning I still get to wake up and see my beloved and my chihuahuas lying next to and all around us. I am still glad when I see a flower blooming or new growth on a tree or a new cat walking through our senior mobile home park. I am glad to have dreams and to try to reach them whether they are reachable or not. Hugs and blessings all, Anne

  10. Being Mortal is one of the best books I read in the last decade; I only wish I’d read it before my mother died, its wisdom might have helped us solve a lot of problems.

  11. Absolutely loved this story and especially the ending statement.

  12. Pam Young says:

    I’m 74 and about to leave the home I’ve lived in for 39 years, the state I’ve lived in for 44 years, with two cats to a destination unknown for my next adventure. A friend who is 78, the Plant Lady, who still furnishes plants to businesses and then cares for them, invited me to see the last Star Wars film recently. Age is only a number.

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