Consider the question of “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you was?” Today laypeople and experts alike conclude that if a person is in reasonably good health, feeling old is largely a state of mind. Satchel Paige, the ageless baseball hero’s quote becomes prophetic:
“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you was.” ~ Satchel Paige
Other Quotes from Satchel
“Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.”
“Ain’t no man can avoid being born average, but there ain’t no man got to be common.”
“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?”
“I ain’t ever had a job, I just always played baseball.”
“If a man can beat you, walk him.”
“I never rush myself. See, they can’t start the game without me.”
“I never threw an illegal pitch. The trouble is, once in a while I toss one that ain’t never been seen by this generation.”
Many Don’t Feel Old
Many people at age 100 and over say they do not feel old in their minds and in their spirits.
Centenarians feel mature as far as years lived, wisdom gleaned and experience gained – but they do not feel old in the sense of being worn out and used up.
The large number of centenarians who state that they do not consider themselves old leads researchers to believe that there must be something here for us to pay attention to and appreciate.
Billy Earle Refuses to Let Anything Be a Problem
Billy Earle, at 105 says “Well what age do I feel?
I’ve determined it’s around thirty.
I don’t think I’ve ever felt like fifty.”
Adds Billy, “To my mind, I’m sometimes thirty, fifty, or sixty.
On bad days, I may feel like seventy, but whatever, I do not feel 100 years plus. I refuse to let anything be a problem.”
105 and Still Alive
“105 and still alive” was Billy’s motto at 105. She says, “There may be old men and women out there, but I’m not one of them.” Billy loves life and stays active. A friends notes: “She takes care of her health, her skin and everything.”
One of the Secrets
Billy Earle proves that there seems to be little excuse not to exercise in some way. She rides her exercise bike many miles a week.