“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you was?” Satchel Paige (1906-1982)
I just assigned this quotation as an essay prompt in one of the writing classes I teach. I look forward to reading the student responses.
Whitbourne included the quotation in her article “15 Wise and Inspiring Quotes About Aging.” There, she explains:
Along the same lines as John Glenn’s quote [“Too many people, when they get old, think that they have to live by the calendar” ] is that of this baseball legend [Satchel Paige] who continued his successful career well into his 60s. We are so obsessed with age, Paige implies, that we allow it to define our identities. Break out of the mental set that makes you think of your age first, and your identity second.
I couldn’t agree more!
Whitbourne, Susan Krauss. “15 Wise and Inspiring Quotes About Aging.” Psychology Today, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/fulfillment-any-age/201201/15-wise-and-inspiring-quotes-about-aging . Accessed 27 February 2018.