Betty White Tells the World to Get Over It!

Betty White Tells the World to Get Over It!

Betty White Tells the World to Get Over It!

Betty White has partnered with AARP to inspire those 50+ to abandon their pre-conceived ideas of what it means to get old. The campaign is called “Get Over It”

     
Betty White Tells the World to Get Over It!
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I used to believe that I would never get old.  Getting old is for quitters and I'm not a quitter.  But, one day it happened: I looked in the bathroom mirror and there she was, my mom, staring back at me. That was a really bad day. What makes it worse though, is once you realize you’re getting older it starts to snowball. You notice every little ache or pain, every wrinkle, you gain weight, and you find yourself yelling at the neighbor kid to get off your lawn… It’s one big slippery slope.

At one time in my life I though that willpower alone was enough to ward off any wrinkle that thought it might like to visit my face. Mind over matter, right?  Then I woke up and there it was, wrinkle #1.  I tried to make the best of it by telling myself, “It isn’t so bad. I look kind of mature.”  Then I saw that first gray hair sticking straight up off the top of my head and I thought, “Well, there you go, proof that my body is betraying me, one gray hair and wrinkle at a time.”  Then I didn’t get carded in a bar.  Then I was called ma’am at the grocery store, and I lost it completely.  At that point, I was tempted to buy a bunch of cardigan sweaters, get a sensible perm and adopt several cats.  

But in my moment of deep despair the irony of aging hit me. I realized that it’s Mother Nature’s joke on the young, the stupid, and the arrogant. All three of which I had been guilty of.  But, once I understood that getting older was inevitable I decided to find a way to embrace it. Sigh. 

Experts on aging talk about the importance of finding a role model - someone who doesn’t necessarily follow the rules of aging. You know what rules I’m talking about, right?  The ‘avoid everything that isn’t appropriate for someone your age’ rules, like mini skirts, bikinis, and staying up all night eating nachos.  But finding someone like that is really hard. For one thing who admits their real age anymore?  Who embraces old age with humor and dignity?  And who is awesome enough to be the voice for the new generation of senior citizens?   

Betty White, that’s who.  She is the baddest, sassiest, old broad of them all. The 89-year old actress recently partnered with AARP to inspire those 50+ to abandon their pre-conceived ideas of what it means to get old. The campaign is called “Get Over It!” and together they are spreading the message that age is just a number.  Says White, “Turning 50 and joining AARP can be the start of a great new part of your life. It doesn't mean you're getting old.  I think age is what you make of it. Just look at me! I'm going to hang out as long as anybody will pay attention.” 

Using White’s saucy sense of humor the “Get Over It” campaign is designed to encourage those over 50 to pursue their passions and live life to the fullest. White says, “We have a tendency to complain rather than celebrate who we are. So many of us start dreading age in high school and that's a waste of a lovely life.  Make the most of it.” 

At 89, Betty White seems to be doing just that. She has a hit TV show, a new book called “If You Ask Me (and Of Course You Won’t),” her beloved animal charities, several movies in the works, and her AARP campaign.  Says White, “A lot of people reach a certain age, and they say, ‘I’m too old for this, too old for that.’ Old age isn’t something to dread. If you accentuate the positive, you really keep yourself delightfully adjusted to aging.”  

When asked recently what her secret to a long, happy, life is White said, “I’m interested in a lot of things, not just show business or my passion for animals.  I try to keep current in what's going on in the world. I do mental exercises. I don't have any trouble memorizing lines because of the crossword puzzles I do every day to keep my mind a little limber. I don't sit and vegetate.”  Oh, and she eats a hotdog, French fries, and red licorice everyday for lunch as well.  Betty White is the perfect example of someone who is aging but not getting old.   

Today, more people than ever are living into their 80’s or 90’s and for the most part they’re happy, healthy, and independent.  Healthy aging is about more than just staying physically healthy - it’s about maintaining your sense of purpose and zest for life.  All of which Betty White seems to have mastered.   

Getting old is difficult but I’ll try to “Get Over It!”  However, I’m not going down without a fight! 

 

Photo By:  Huffingtonpost.com


Stacy Matson, a health enthusiast from Southern California, regularly blogs on Celebrity Health for A Healthier World, as well as contributing to the Best of the Best.

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