Never let an old person live in your body.
I’m not sure where this quote came from. Some sources say that it came from Michael Savage. Other sources say that it came from Jim Donovan. But it doesn’t matter because it’s a really good quote.
It makes me think of a tiny old man with a really long beard (like, down to his ankles) sitting in a rocking chair inside my head. He’s not a nice old man or a wise old man. He’s one of those angry, complaining old men, the kind of guy who’s apparently never had any fun in his entire life.
But I know the quote doesn’t refer to those who are “old” in terms of numerical age. “Old” would mean “tired” or “apathetic” or “defeatist” or “pessimistic.” Because having “old” thoughts can cause your brain to age faster and become “old” before your time. “Old” thoughts can even run you down physically.
You can have that “old” mentality at any age. A lot of the time, it’s brought on by doing the same thing day in and day out, so you forget what it’s like to challenge yourself or try something new to get that spark of life and “youth” going again. Don’t think that because you’ve reached a certain age, you can’t do new things and you might as well not even try because you’re “old”—you’re only as old as that inner person living in your body.