Staying young is often a state of mind that defies measurement. Thus, acting your age is a thing of the past. As the meaning of age has become so elusive that visual clues are no longer trustworthy.
To begin with, seniors today are much stronger and resilient than we may think. And more are behaving as if they will never grow old. While some firmly believes, the best years of their life have yet to come.
You see, the rules of age related behavior that were drummed into us in the past, no longer hold sway today. There is definitely a positive shift in attitudes. Today, it is about constantly reinventing yourself, finding new things you love doing, adapting to change and feeling the connection you have with your loved ones, family, friends and community.
Charles, a senior citizen and a popular jogger in my community, who wears his signature round necks with large prints; “I refuse to get old.” in his morning jogs said; “I think we must keep going while we can, doing what we like. Some are adopting children at 49 and 50 years young.”
“Becoming first time dad at 62 and so on. I am what I think. And if I think I am young, I can be young at heart at any age. Rarely you see people asking themselves today; if their behavior is age appropriate because that concept has little meaning for them”
“I see life as a journey and not a destination. Enjoy it while you can. Indeed, ageing is an inevitable process in the humankind. However, becoming ‘ancient’ is not an option as Charles got onto his mountain bike and cycled away as he whistle Sir Cliff Richard’s; “The Young Ones.”
As a matter of fact, today, ageing is far more than just staying healthy inside out. It is about transforming perceptions. Showing what older people can do and showing others what they can be. Coupled with the fact that life spans have lengthened and thinking allowed, ageless living may not be too far away. What are you waiting for? “Have A Dream” and live that dream of yours as vigorously as you can. Age is just a number. And if you don’t mind, it doesn’t really matter. Live a satisfying life, …………………… Act Young, Feel Young, Stay Young. !!!