Happy birthday to Betty White! My favourite Golden Girl in the popular prime time comedy that seemed like it aired an eternity ago. I couldn’t decide which Golden Girl I liked best at first, the feisty Sophia Patrillo with her, “Picture it. Sicily, 1920…” introductions as she made that famous, slow panoramic wave of her hand, or the ditzy, blonde Rose with her St. Olaf stories. I decided that without a doubt, it has got to be Rose Nyland. Although deemed as the air-head of the four ladies, Rose had a very stealthy side too. If you tried to make a run for it upon her mention of St. Olaf, Rose would threaten you with telling even more St. Olaf tales if you didn’t stick around. Yup, although Sophia was street smart, clever and sarcastic, Rose had her strategies too.
I heard on the radio that Betty White has been around longer than the ball-point pen. She has thrived and continues to thrive in an industry that considers anyone over thirty old news. Not only is she a blessed 95 today, she is healthy by all accounts and still with all her faculties and wit in tact.
I wouldn’t mind living to such a ripe, old age if I could age as gracefully as Betty. But what is her secret to longevity? Does she even have a secret? Judging from some of her famous quotes, one secret is obviously…
Having the right attitude:
“My philosophy for staying young is act bubbly everyday…drink bubbly everyday.”
“I think it’s your mental attitude. So many of us start dreading age in high school and that’s a waste of a lovely life. Oh…I’m 30, oh, I’m 40, oh 50. Make the most of it!”
“I think everyone needs a passion. Whether it’s one passion or one hundred, that’s what keeps life interesting.”
“Kindness and consideration of somebody besides yourself. That’s what keeps you young. I really do.”
“Mind your own business, take care of your own affairs and don’t worry about other people so much.”
“It’s your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and don’t take yourself too seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in our everyday lives. And sometimes that can be a lifesaver.”
“We laugh a lot. That’s for sure. Sure beats the alternative.”
And having guts and grit:
“Butterflies are like women – we might look pretty and delicate but baby, we can fly through a hurricane.”
Of course a little humor doesn’t hurt either:
“Get eight hours of beauty sleep-nine if you’re ugly.”
“Why do people say ‘grow some balls?’ Balls are weak and sensitive. If you really wanna get tough, grow a vagina. Those things take a pounding!”
And my personal fave:
Happy Birthday, Betty. If I am blessed enough to live as long as you, may I always remember your golden rules.
(*all quotes found on google.*)