So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.
2 Corinthians 4:16 (ESV)
Toby Keith’s song, "Don't Let the Old Man In" was inspired by a conversation Keith had with the legendary actor, Clint Eastwood. The country star became friends with Eastwood when they met at a California golf course. Eventually, Eastwood invited Keith to be his partner during a three-day golf tournament at the actor's Tehama Golf Club.
Eastwood was 88 years old at the time. Because he is known for “not taking it easy” and for “liking to stretch and go in different directions,” Toby was curious about Clint’s philosophy of aging—particularly how he continued to stay motivated and productive. While playing golf together, Toby asked him, “What keeps you going?” Clint answered “I get up every day and don't let the old man in.”
Right then, Keith knew he had great lyrics for a song. He went home, wrote the song and sent it to Eastwood—who liked it so much he used it in a music video for his movie project at the time, The Mule. I recently watched the video and what has stayed with me about the lyrics is the metaphor of aging represented as an old man knocking at the door:
When he rides up on his horse
And you feel that cold bitter wind
Look out your window and smile
Don't let the old man in
Sophia Loren was also interviewed about her philosophy of aging. She was determined to not become old before her time—to not be afraid of change or new things and most certainly—to not fall to the temptation to groan and complain. In other words, she would not let the old woman in…
Along that line, I’ve collected many humorous cards over the years and my new favorite is a Hit and Run Greetings card:
The first person to bring up an ailment, ache,
recent surgery or the number of prescriptions
they’re on pays for dinner!
This year I turned 70! When the old woman knocks at my door—my new plan is to look out my window—smile—but not let the old woman in!