Today is my husband Dan’s birthday. He is… well, older than he was yesterday. His birthday always brings me pause, because mine is just a week after his. Dan is the one who first told me Billie Burke’s observation that “Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese.” Well, I’m not, but it still does. More to the point for me is Will Rogers’ observation: “When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.”
That works. Boy, does that work! Mr. Kazaranoff was my algebra I teacher, and oh boy, did he… Never mind. Suffice it to say that Will and I are on the same page when it comes to first year algebra. Here’s the thing. Both Dan and I are too young to resign ourselves to old-folks-hood. We still have a lot of things to do. Many places still to go. Much work to accomplish. We have a lot ahead of us that will make our gray hairs worthwhile.
So forget Billie Burke. Forget Will Rogers, too–if you can. The quote I want to remember is one from author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Here is what he says about aging:
“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old. They grow old because they stop pursuing dreams.”