What Joan Rivers Has Taught Us About Aging

What Joan Rivers Has Taught Us About AgingIt is always sad when we lose someone personally known to us, and Joan Rivers always made us feel as though she was personally known to us. I knew she honored her fans, but did not know much of what has come to light about her kindnesses to not only her fans, but to strangers. She brought us laughter and joy and also an outrageous sense of the need to live life to its fullest.

Joan Rivers is quoted as saying, “I succeeded by saying what everyone else is thinking.” The news media has been passing along her sayings since her death, and there are some that are so poignant to us who are of long years.

“Can we talk?”

The best thing about old age was that “I don’t give a damn what people think,” is classic Joan Rivers reported in the September 22, 2014 People Magazine. This Grandma agrees. Not only is it unimportant what people think, when you are of long years, you realize that no one really cares. You may remember an embarrassing moment that occurred years ago, but probably no one paid attention to it other than you, even while it was happening. Everyone is so self absorbed with their own lives, most of the time no one ever thinks of yours. It is easy then to not give a damn what people think. Their thought, if it occurs, will be gone in a moment. In our youth we stress and worry so much about everything that never comes to pass. With age comes the wisdom to not care. Yes, life is too short to sweat the small stuff. Thank you, Joan Rivers, for speaking what we know is true.

Joan said, “Life is so tough. . . .We all know that. You better laugh at everything.” Her daughter, Melissa released a statement upon Joan River’s death that said, “My mother’s greatest joy was to make people laugh,” Melissa had said in a statement. “Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.” We of long years learn that those things we have been so serious about are nothing in the long run. Laughter and enjoyment should be appreciated and exercised today. You never know what tomorrow brings. Thank you, Joan Rivers, for speaking what we know is true.

Joan was grateful she was in good health at age 81, People Magazine reported. She was also a role model for looking young. . . and younger. . . .and younger. As with everything in her life, she was over the top with cosmetic surgery, and seemed to make it okay for the rest of us of long years to consider how wonderful it is to look as good as we feel.   When I look at the stars who are in their 70’s and 80’s and look twenty years younger, we all know how they do it. Joan Rivers told it like it is. Thank you, Joan Rivers, for speaking what we know is true.

Of course, my favorite Joan Rivers is Joan Rivers, the grandmother. Her daughter was the center of her universe and Cooper, her only grandchild, was the universe. She is quoted as saying, “I know he’s spoiled rotten. I couldn’t care less.” If you reread her quotes above, you know why. Thank you, Joan Rivers, for speaking what we know is true.


Now I will channel Joan Rivers as I continue to spoil my grandchildren. They have a long hard life ahead of them. It is my duty as a grandmother to spoil, coddle, and unconditionally love my grandchildren, and always be there to cushion any fall. If anyone thinks otherwise, I will remember Joan Rivers, and instead of just thinking it, I will say it: ‘I couldn’t care less.’








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