I’m not old, I’m classic

classic-carAbout 25 years ago, a friend talked me into seeing a psychic. It was something fun to do and out of the 30 minutes that I spent with this woman, I only remember one thing she told me – this psychic said that I was going to live well into my 90’s.

I remember chuckling, and joking with her, saying

what if I don’t want to?

I remember feeling that this was quite a prediction and I’ll bet she says that to half the people that come see her. I didn’t think anything of it at the time.

Fast forward to now and I’m not saying that I believe in psychics and I’m not saying I don’t but my Grandmother is now in her 96th year. I also have many other women in my family that are edging close – in their mid to late eighties. I am wondering now if this prediction may actually have some merit to it.

So I’m thinking that, if it’s possible that I could be around for another 40 years, I need to start taking better care of myself. I want my quality of life to be the best it can be for as long as it can be. This means investing some time getting and staying physically and mentally healthy.

When we’re young, most of us don’t think so much about our future selves. We’re the little red sports cars; driving fast and furious through life. We’re the party car. We’re too young and irresponsible to be concerned about regular and proper maintenance. We are only interested in the moment and we just drive the crap out of the car.

At mid-life, we’re the reliable car – the workhorse. We need to maintain the car just enough so it can continue to be battered by hauling kids, pets, sports equipment and long drives to the best camping sites. We don’t care so much about it being pretty, we just need it to get us where we need to go.

Having crossed the half-century milestone, we are now the Classic car.

Now, a lot of cars don’t make it. Unfortunate circumstances, bad driving and mis-use destroys them before they reach classic status.

Some cars have been discarded and neglected. Withering away in a lonely back field or junk yard, rusting away in the elements. These cars aren’t classic, they’re just old.

With any luck, we are the car show quality Classic car. You’ve seen them – the 1956 T-bird, the 1960 Cadillac and, my personal favourite, the 1964 Ford Mustang.

Classic cars are the ones that have been lovingly taken care of. They have followed all regular maintenance schedules and have been fed the premium gasoline so the insides don’t get all clogged with gunk. They are polished regularly on the inside and outside. Nobody leaves garbage or a coffee stain in a classic car.

Classic cars run as well as they did when they were first driven off the lot – probably because not all of the parts are original. They have been replaced with upgrades.

A caring owner will not leave a classic car out to rust and drives with extra care so an accident won’t scratch or dent the glossy red paint. Or blue or green – whatever is your favourite classic paint colour.

My question to you is:

Are you a Classic car or just an old car?

Right now, I feel like the old car. It’s time to start the process of restoring this old car into a classic. I’ve put a lot of miles on this body and it’s really starting to show.

I need to clean up the inside and start feeding it the premium gasoline. I need to bang out the dents and buff out the scratches. Maybe it’s time to take a good look at upgrading some of the parts. And, most certainly, a brand new paint job is in order.

It’s going to be a lot of work but it’ll be worth it. I may be here for a good long time yet and I think it’s time to show some pride of ownership.

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