Thursday, September 1, 2011

Universe, Please Save Me from Growing Old Mentally!

Red has been nudging me to talk about my fear of becoming an “old thinker” on the blog. We’ve been bemoaning the mindsets of some folks – a few who are actually old and some much younger people. They seem to be stuck in a rut, afraid to try anything new. I told Red to just shoot me if I get that way.

Red: Finally! How long have I been bugging you to talk about this subject on the blog?

Kathy: I know, I know. But it’s a deep-seated fear of mine, so I was avoiding it. See, I don’t mind if my body gets old…

Red: …but you can’t live with no longer being able to think young. Youngly? Whatever.

Kathy: My mind is fairly youthful, I think, but what if one day I stop listening, stop learning. What if I get so stuck on a personal point of view that I can’t consider anything else (now breathing heavily)? What if I quit taking chances or become afraid of everything? (heart palpitations)

Red: You do realize you’re scaring yourself right now, right? Calm down. I’m pretty sure this isn’t going to happen to you…anytime soon anyway.

Kathy: (Taking a deep breath – centering myself) Seriously, Red. What’s the point to life if you’re too afraid to live it? I know people like that. People who turn their nose up at the idea of trying Ethiopian food or have their minds made up that Twitter is for silly people without ever going on it or can’t ever take a chance on anything without weighing every possibility (which, in my experience, is impossible anyway.) They wake up every day and stay firmly in their comfort zones. What a terrible way to live.

Red: You’re right. New thoughts, new ideas, new music, new foods – it’s all part of having your mojo in working order. If you can’t try anything new, you either lost your mojo or you never had any in the first place. What is life without mojo, I ask you?

Kathy: (chuckling) Leave it to you to bring it all back to mojo!

Red: Well…there are some things in this world that are just necessary – courage, a fresh mind and mojo! They are “gotta haves.”

Kathy: You’re right, Red. Do you promise to put me out of my misery if I start acting old, start thinking like I’m already dead?

Red: Deal! Now get back to work on the sequel. (grinning widely)


  1. So true!!! It's so easy to get stuck in a rut, too! I hope I never get that way either. It's so important to continue learning and growing.

  2. I"ve converted a few older friends to blogging, but even that was hard. People either get Twitter or they don't: it's a mystery to half the population, even those in business who have been told they should use it. And that's fine.

  3. WHOA this blog is awesome! Holy crap. This is the first time I've ever visited your blog, so I didn't know you and your character talk together, which I totally think is freakin' awesome.

    Anyway, about the actual content (before I embarrass myself, oh wait-) I suppose like how we want to keep our bodies flexible and do certain exercises to achieve that, we must also do that with our minds, otherwise we'll become stiff and rigid. Imagine, never eating Ethiopian food, not because it'll give you gas but because you've already decided you don't like it- without even attempting to taste it.

    Well, I wish you flexibility for life, and I look forward to reading more about you and Red, Miss Kathy. Thank you for writing.

  4. Way to go, Red. As a writer you must and do think young. I personally stay away from mirrors when I'm in-the-zone- Kathy has no need to avoid those reflextive deceivers.

    Great post, Kathy&Red. Social Media is scary but once your feet are wet it's a great place to 'let loose' and meet people of every ilk that will push you and lift you and even snack you once in a while.

    And talking to yourself-- I hope there's nothing wrong with that-- lol. I love this blog!

  5. Yes - Regected, Red and I do talk - alot. She's about 15 years younger than me, so she keeps me going (yes, I do know she's in my head except when I manage to get her on the page).

    I love that you get understand the Ethopian food thing, etc. I love the people whose noses turn up just as the words come out of my mouth "I went to an Ethopian restaurant..."

    Anyway - thank you for your wish. PS - your blog is amazingly funny.

  6. Kathy, thanks for this blog post. I need to keep Red's words in my head. I am rusty but I am not stuck. I need to remember that. Thanks again for sharing with us.



  7. What a wonderful blog post. I needed this. There are so many things in life to try and to just sit back and not do anything is just...a waste.


  8. Oh my God, Kathy. Ditto. I was fearless until I had to beat cancer; I've been afraid of a lot since then (2007)and I'm just now regaining my former cockiness and youthful arrogance. And it feels great.

    Fear is the difference between life and LIFE. Never give in, Kathy, never surrender and always believe in your own unique presence in the universe. I can't tell you how helpful reading your thoughts has been for me and I'm sure that many other folks feel the same. Word to your youth.

  9. Landon - You give me faith in humanity. I knew you were someone special. Thanks for your words.