From the movie City Slickers:

“Value this time in your life kids.  Cuz this is the time in your life when you still have your choices.  And it goes by so fast.  When you’re a teenager, you think you can do anything, and you do.  Your twenties are a blur.  Thirties, you raise your family, you make a little money, and you think to yourself, “What happened to my twenties?”  Forties, you grow a little pot belly, you grow another chin.  The music starts to get too loud, and one of your old girlfriends from high school becomes a grandmother.

Fifties, you have a minor surgery.  You’ll call it “a procedure” but its a surgery.  Sixties, you’ll have a major surgery.  The music is still loud but it doesn’t matter because you can’t hear it anyway.  The seventies, you and the wife retire to Ft. Lauderdale.  You start eating dinner at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, you have lunch around 10, breakfast the night before, spend most of your time wandering around malls looking for the ultimate soft yogurt and muttering:  “how come the kids don’t call, how come the kids don’t call.”  The eighties, you’ll have a major stroke, you’ll end up babbling to some Jamaican nurse your wife can’t stand but who you’ll call mama.”  Any questions?

For other more serious renditions of the human life cycle, see my book:  The Human Odyssey: Navigating the Twelve Stages of Life

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