Dick Van Dyke: Keep Moving : And Other Tips and Truths about Aging (Hardcover)(2015)
Other Tips and Truths About Old Age
TRUTH: They say the knees are the second thing to go. They’re wrong.
TRUTH: Money can’t buy happiness. But it can pay for good doctors and medicine.
TIP: If a doctor tells you he can make you look twenty years younger, don’t believe him. Everybody will notice. And nobody will think you look twenty years younger.
TIP: Collect experiences, not memories.
TRUTH: You are never too old for romance. A candlelight dinner, a slow dance, a stroll under the stars—these are as potent and magical at eighty-five as they were at twenty-five.
TRUTH: After a hundred, everything should be free. It’s not—but it should be.
TIP: Health foods no longer matter after eighty years old. At that point eat anything you want for the rest of your life. That’s healthy!
TIP: Look your age. But don’t act it.
TRUTH: Most people aren’t as grown-up as they look.
TRUTH: Some of life is planning. A lot of it is luck.
TIP: Forgiveness is the best sleeping pill.
TIP: Old age is not the time to be scared. Instead, be curious.
TRUTH: Yes, you wasted too much time worrying about things that didn’t matter.
TRUTH: When you answer every question by asking, “What?” it means you are hard of hearing, not old.
TIP: If your children tell you that you are wearing your pants too high or your sweater is inside out, they are probably right.
TIP: It doesn’t matter if you can no longer remember your grandchildren’s birthdays anymore. Or even your children’s birthdays. They’ll remind you.
TRUTH: As you get older, you start to shrink. But your heart still retains the capacity to grow and expand.
TRUTH: A spoonful of sugar really does help the medicine go down.
TIP: New experiences are the only things you can collect in life that end up being worth it.
TIP: Carry a tiny flashlight with you. It’s helpful in dark restaurants.
TRUTH: All the different ways you thought you might die by now didn’t happen. That’s a good thing!
TRUTH: Social Security is the only security you have in life. Let’s hope that doesn’t get screwed up.
TIP: Easy Street doesn’t exist. Stop looking for it or wishing you had found it.
TRUTH: Parties were more fun before everyone else was dead. But don’t let that ruin your time.
TRUTH: Old people really do know most of the answers to life’s important questions. But no one knows if there really is a God.
TIP: Don’t take it all so seriously.
TIP: Everything really does looks better in the morning.
TRUTH: In the end you realize only two things matter—love and hope—and as you get closer to the end, it’s only love.
TRUTH: Life goes on.