Sunday, August 30, 2009

George Carlin the late great philosopher

I have always loved this man, as the voice of the conductor on Thomas the Tank Engine.

I loved him even more as a comedian. But his views on life have always blown me away.

The following came to me in an email and I just HAD to pass it along

George Carlin's Views on Aging

Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.

'How old are you?' 'I'm four and a half!' You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key

You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.

'How old are you?' 'I'm gonna be 16!' You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life .... . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony.. YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?

You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 and your dreams are gone.

But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday!

You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30 ; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there Into the 90s, you start going backwards; 'I Was JUST 92.'

Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. 'I'm 100 and a half!'
May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!


1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay 'them'

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.

3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. 'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

4. Enjoy the simple things.

5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive.

7. Surround yourself with what you love , whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge.

8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county; to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.


Skye said...

Yep, after reading that, I have to agree George was a great philosopher! Great post Dizz!

Joanie M said...

I've always loved George Carlin. I saw him live years ago and he was so funny!

A Mom on Spin said...

So true. . . so true. . . and I'm "reaching" right now!

Anonymous said...

Great words, so very true. There is nothing more refreshing than meeting people who actually do appreciate every breath they take.

SkylersDad said...

Carlin was wonderful!

Hit 40 said...

Great words to live by! I loved George Carlin. He knew how to keep it real.

otin said...

He was brilliant! I find that I view things like he did sometimes(I am not saying that I am brilliant) I just have a weird view on some things. I always loved his routines about driving and flying! "Why do we call them airports when they are on the ground"? but one of my favorites is "Have a nice day"! I will stop now, I could go on all day, maybe I need to go to you tube!

Anonymous said...

Ha! That was great! Made me smile... a lot!

And so true dat!

Mango Girl said...

George Carlin was, and still is, one of my heroes!

That was bay and far, the best post I have read in quite some time! I hope everyone prints it and posts it on their fridge, desk, or wherever, to remind themselves how fleeting life really is!


Beth said...

Let's nominate him for a Peace Prize. People would all be more peaceful if we weren't worried about age or weight. He is brilliant!

dizzblnd said...

Skye .. I am glad you enjoyed it. I miss him

Joanie.. how lucky you were to see him live! I know I woould have had to wear

Liz.. Grasp the golden ring and embrace it it cant be so bad.

Eternally.. I love those people much better than the doom and gloom people.

Chris.. Are you SURE we weren't separated at birth?

Eileen. have you seen his turning his 10 Commandments into 1? Spectacular!

Otin.. I have made 2 trips there today had to find more Team America

QL I enjoy making you smile. I know you need it!

MG I have printed it out. Never hurts to have a pick me up

Beth I agree.. more people just need to "be"

ReformingGeek said...

Yeehaw! I've almost REACHED dinnertime today. It must be good.

Or just be a cat. They don't care how old they are!

dizzblnd said...

LMAO RG I WILL be a cat in my next life. A spoiled rotten cat

Anonymous said...

I had to stop by just to give you a head's up: The newest Koontz book is out!! DEAD AND ALIVE. I know you like Koontz and this is one of his best.

Bee said...

I'd do him. Yeah, I know he's dead...

Organic Meatbag said...

I miss George Carlin like crazy...he was amazing...

J.J. in L.A. said...

I've always loved George! My man and I were just talking about him 2 nights ago.

Vodka Mom said...

I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!

I am linking to YOU!!!!!

I adore George, and prescribe to his theories. Every damn one.

Nap Warden said...

Thanks...I needed that:)

The Peach Tart said...

I've read this before but forgot how fabulous it is. Thanks for sharing.

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