The Good Old Days

color wheel coca colaMy mom recently sent me an e-mail with some pictures of things that she used to have (and still has some of them) and wondered if I remembered them. Actually, I remembered all of them! In the post it said that if you remembered them, then you must be old. Hmmm…….. I guess that makes me old, but I really don’t feel that way.

It’s funny how as you get older your idea of what old  is changes. When I was in my early 20’s, a friend and I were talking about her sister-in-law who was getting ready to turn 30. Wow! We thought that was really old! As in, OMG, can you imagine being that old? I don’t know exactly why we felt that way, except that it seemed so far off in the future for us. Now, many years past 30, I realize that old isn’t really a number, but more a state of mind and what you’re doing with your age. I know many “young” people who act old, and many “old” people who act young. I love seeing older people out doing fun things and enjoying their lives. After all, isn’t that what we should all be doing?

nut bowlI’ve always said that I didn’t want to be one of those people who get to a certain age and “wish” that I had egg beatersdone things when I was younger. I don’t want to live with regrets about adventures that I “could have had” or places that I “could have gone”. I don’t want to be older, sitting in a rocking chair, and feel that I let life pass me by. I know a lot of people who put things off until “later”, but it seems that later doesn’t ever come.

If you wait until you’re established in your job to have kids, making more money before you buy a house, want to be retired before you travel, or anything else that (in your mind) requires “waiting”, then you’re tv antennaessoap on a ropeprobably waiting too long. I’m not saying that you should do any of those things foolishly and without thinking them through, but maybe you can change your perspective of when the “right time” really is.

Let me give you an example. Say, for instance, that you want to travel but can’t afford big trips right now. You can still travel, but you can do it on a smaller scale. Instead of thinking about really big vacations, take a day or two to do something closer to home. Most of us have things we can do within a few hours of our homes. Jack and I like to go to ghost towns. It doesn’t cost anything except time and gas and it’s fun to look at the ashtray chalkhistory of the towns. You can also take your family camping. There’s the initial expense of the camping gear, but once you have it you’ll be set for future camping trips. It’s fun and it’s nice to get away from technology for a few days. Camping isn’t your idea of a fun time? Most towns have inexpensive hotels that won’t break if you splurge on a night or two. After all, really all you need in a hotel is a clean room and a comfortable bed.

My point is that you shouldn’t spend years and years waiting for the right time, right job, right house, or right vacation. You can make memories now and enjoy life today. You just need to “do it”.

By the way, how many of these pictures do you remember? As I said before I started rambling about age, I remember all of them.

Happy memories!

4 thoughts on “The Good Old Days

  1. I am very lucky that I had such an awesome mother who taught me these things early in life. I don’t feel like I’ve missed out on anything, and my life has been a great adventure because of her! I agree that too many people put off til tomorrow enjoying today, but a good chuck of those who “can’t afford” a vacation at all can be found spending frivolously on things they don’t need. We all have the potential to save for something we really want, but many just don’t have the discipline.

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    • Melissa – Those of us who had a good mom or someone who influenced their lives in a postive way are very lucky! Many peoplpe just sort of flounder through life and never really “get it”. Also, you’re right about many thinking they can’t afford things (like vacations) when they aren’t willing to give up other things (casino, for example). For lack of a better way of putting it, life is a trade-off and it’s all about the choices we make.

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  2. Larry – My mom never had one of those Coca Cola dispensers, but I remember them from when I was younger. In our house, we did have the ashtray (we thought it was pretty cool at the time and was really a decorating accessory, if you can imagine), nut bowl, beaters, and T.V. antennas. I’m sure at some time my dad probably had the “soap on a rope”. Our classrooms had the chalk holder so they could draw lines on the boards. I also remember people who had those really cool metallic Christmas trees with the multicolored lights that spun slowly so the tree would change colors. In fact, Jack found one of the lights a few years ago and got it because he thought i would like it. Now, just have to find the tree to go with it!

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