“At your age… “

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“Fate whispered to the Warrior, You cannot withstand the storm.
The Warrior whispered back, I am the storm.” – Unknown

The quote has driven millions of people mad over the past two decades, trying to find the original author or source, sadly to no avail.
Some claim it is from Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
It is not.
Others mistakenly credit it to John Remmington who posted it on Goodreads, but he too quoted it and wrote Unknown.
Someone else said it came from some obscure Navy book.
Nope.

Over the years there have been several variations of the quote, the most popular one being

The Devil whispered into my ear, ‘you’re not strong enough to withstand the storm.’
Today I whispered in the Devil’s ear, ‘I am the storm’.

For which there are many bloggers who have objected violently and theologically to this particular version, arguing that one should not be having a conversation with the devil to begin with.

In any case, I am taking the first version of the warrior to heart, and sticking a virtual middle finger out to all those who keep dishing out the line “at your age you should… “ at me. As if the line were not offensive enough, it is usually followed by an obnoxious litany of dos and don’ts. Why on earth should you limit your activity to your age? I can understand (and support) this line being applied to children and teenagers, but to anyone over 50? I resent it. It should be legal to sue someone for character defamation when addressed with that line.

I don’t want to be told at any age what I can or can’t do anymore. The only person I will listen to is myself and if my body says Girl, we missed the train on that one then I might re-consider.

How did the old saying go from the 80s?

The best things in life are either illegal, immoral or fattening.

Illegal – only if you get caught.
Immoral – by whose standards?
Fattening – then take / make the healthier version, there is always an option. In short, no, I will not slow down anytime soon. I just found my wings, for crying out loud, and am most certainly going to fly into the dawn.

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