Monday, July 15, 2013

What Rangers Baseball (& More) Can Teach Us About Staying Young

There are so many lessons to learn from those who have lived longer than us.

I find it ironic that our culture prizes the beauty and impulsiveness of youth yet it is the wisdom and true beauty of those who have lived full lives that can teach us something.

Take my friend and former neighbor, Francis Rain.  She is north of 90 and leads a more active life than I ever have.  From women's club meetings to bridge parties to a standing Sunday brunch with her friends, she is always engaged in some activity.  A former flower shop owner, she recently did the flowers for a big big BIG Dallas society wedding.

Frances, Rangers Manager Ron Washington & Lucy, her daughter
She loves nothing more, though, than Rangers baseball.  Frances was even featured as the Dallas Morning News Rangers Fan of the Day in 2010 during the Rangers first World Series run.   She travels to spring training and splits a season ticket package with friends.  Ron Washington has even visited her home.  She has loved baseball for decades.  She still has scorecards from the 1950's when the Dodgers played in Brooklyn.

Why bring this up on rainy, cool Dallas Monday?

Because it is inspiration. 

Real Simple magazine's August issue has a wonderful story on seven centenarians titled, "Live Long & Prosper".  They share their wisdom for aging well and living life passionately. 

Their lessons are remarkably similar:
  • "Do something interesting every day; otherwise you disintegrate" - Lili Rudin, born 1912
  • "Learning new things makes you happy and keeps your mind active." - Frieda Falk, born 1911 
  • "Sleep well, try not to worry, and enjoy a good dream." - Haruo Ito, born 1912
  • "Be lovable.  I've lived a long life because there are so many people who love me." - Justina Sotomayor, born 1913
  • "I take a drink of Scotch every day. And I feel great afterward." - Herman Solomon, born 1910 
How can you not love Herman Solomon? 

While these statements are all different, they share the same concept: enjoy life, stay engaged and possess a level-headed and warmth that makes even the most challenging days tolerable.  

This article and Francis' spirit both struck me this Monday morning.  Their stories are worth sharing and ones from which we can learn.  

Almost every active, older person I meet is engaged and passionate about something: stamp-collecting, wine, travel, golf, baseball, horses, whatever.  Their passions keep them alive.  And young. 

They also don't seem to sweat the small stuff. 

I am one who tends to worry about the most minuscule details.  Literally, I will stress over a towel I left on the counter.  I will agonize over a name I mispronounced on the air.  It's stupid and something I am trying to change. 

What lessons have you learned from some of your older wiser friends and family?

Thank you for reading!

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