Sentimental Journey



I’m either a sentimentalist or an old fool, haven’t decided yet. I just love to turn on music from the swing era, also referred to as the Big Band Era. Close my eyes, sit back and relive those days from long ago. The odd part is, I was very young at that time. Why it is so memorable to me, I don’t know? Those great musical years helped the nation through World War ll. The country was united, everyone was involved in the war effort. Those were very special years.

Everyone was listening to Duke Ellington, Glenn Gray, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, and countless others. My most favorite of all time was the Glenn Miller Orchestra. That music was incredible in the 1940’s and is just as good today. Glenn Miller was a major in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II he led a 50 piece military band that specialized in swing music. He lost his life on a flight between shows while entertaining the troops.

The sentimental memories of countless dance halls and dancing partners is a fun journey to take. We danced to Glen Miller through the 1950’s. I could never dance well, as I never knew what a music note was. My second-grade teacher snatched the triangle right out of my hand on day two of music class. She ruined my life! Don’t get far in this world playing sticks. When I look back at the old dances we all attended, seems like I became Fred Astaire after a few drinks. I had fun at the expense of the young ladies toes! My age has reached 75, sentimental journeys are the only kind I’m planning and plenty of them.

Heart to Heart

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Daily Prompt: Young at Heart – if you can keep it on the way
What are your thoughts on aging? How will you stay young at heart as you get older?

My thoughts on aging parallel my thoughts on being young at heart. I believe you are young at heart or you are not young at heart. It is not something that you can acquire at the snap of the fingers. When you get older you won’t become instantly young at heart if you’re searching for it as a fountain of youth. You will have to go through the regular training program. That program involves loving and living your life, being happy every day. Not an easy task alone!

My idea of being young at heart can start at any time during someone’s life when they become happy in all circumstances so to speak, they find themselves feeling and being young at heart. It is a feeling of calm, peace, no fear, pure happiness. A lot of people have days filled with the emotions of worry about credit debt, health, money, relationships and many other distractions. A person who lets these things control his daily life won’t find himself feeling young at heart.

As we get older we might try things that younger people do in their lives. By doing their thing, we will become young by following their lifestyles. This will not work as older people will very soon run out of energy, or just plain keel over. An older fellow might go to dances every week and dance with the young ladies all night long. He is someone who is truly young at heart. If he was to bring his friend Bill and he decided to dance with all the young ladies the ambulance may have to come and take him away. He was not truly young at heart and he keeled over with a heart attack.

The best way we can try to stay young at heart as we get older is to have a regular daily exercise program. Don’t get older with outstanding credit debt, some savings and good medical insurance coverage will be a big help to keep stress away. We should also go dancing, have hobbies like playing cards, be reading, playing games, bingo, writing, blogging if you really get desperate.

As I get older, hope I don’t have to wear a name tag that says “I’M YOUNG AT HEART”. I’m hopeful that my outward appearance of how I walk, talk and interact with people will be reason enough for them to think that I’m young at heart.

Being young at heart means different things to different people but with each individual, it is a feeling that they are happy with their life as it is, they have their ducks in a row, and they manage to keep them that way, by the way, they live their daily lives. It would be hard to fake young at heart but I imagine it is done today with unlimited credit.