I had a realization today that what a great radio and TV comedian  once said about age is true. In the dentist office of all places.

Age is strictly a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.

- Jack Benny, 1974 in the New York Times

 

I've always thought that this was a great sentiment. it's inevitable that we are all going to age. After all, what's the alternative? An early check out?

I'll take aging.

However, I like what Jack Benny had to say. We all get older, but since you can't really do anything about it, you might as well enjoy it.

That really came home to me at a visit to the dentist today for a routine check up and cleaning. My  regular dental hygienist, Sara, is expecting her first baby this summer As you know, I'm an adoptive dad with children that range in age from two years to 17 years old. I like to joke that I'll be 119-years-old when my two-year-old son graduates. Sara and I got to talking about kids, and she said couldn't be that that old. She looked at my chart to see my birthday, and said "Wow! You really don't look your age!"  Maybe it's my big weight loss, or having young children, but I don't think that I look my age, either.

Let's face it, my next birthday will be number 59. That officially qualifies as pushing 60. When my dad was 60 he was, in my eyes, old.

Sure, age brings challenges. But when it starts to bother you, just remember what Jack Benny said.

I don't mind and it doesn't matter.