With Grumpy Old Men
That really was the start of a new awareness about life and the uh elderly..no..I mean life in the more senior population. Notice I say life in not life about.
I’m talking about the movie, not real life grumpy old men. Or real life grumpy old women for that
matter. Age, or aged, depending on how
you look at it is popular right now, probably because all we baby boomers decided not to accept ‘old’ as meaning ‘old’.
When I was twenty I thought thirty was ancient and how ridiculous that seems now. At twenty I could not imagine feeling or looking any different – ever. A woman I know at
the age of seventy-six went zip lining a couple of weeks ago and loved it. Now I tend to think eighty-five is old but may have a different point of view when I get there. I tend not to glimpse in the mirror as often anymore as the reflection belies how I actually feel.
I do seem more conscious of age now and have been looking at what makes age ‘old’ because in spite of people thinking I am much younger the facts are the facts: I am a
It seems to come down to energy and joy in living. I have met some in their thirties who are much older than I, who seem beaten down, exhausted, too weary, and as though gravity itself is a weight that relentlessly prevents living. Energy does not even
have to be physical activity but can be mental.
The fountain of youth as sought by Ponce de Leon was thought to be a fountain and the myth of magic waters actually extended back a thousand or more years.
Men and women alike seek eternal youth through plastics and injections which to me really has the opposite effect. Nothing
like spotting implants and unmovable facial skin makes me shake my head and wonder where the common sense is and what trigger in their brain convinces them, as they stare into a mirror that they are younger or better looking.
Longevity is of interest to me (current life span in America is 78 and in Japan is 83)
but it is not the number of years of living but the quality of life in those years. Tibet’s longevity is interesting for there the goal is for a long and healthy life. One is no good without the other.
There are a few things that are consistent in everything I have read
about youthful living.
My idea of 5 Factors for Ageless Aging
1) ENERGY of course that makes each day
an adventure whether physical or mental – actually looking forward to each day
or minute. Moving with intention. Showing interest in just about anything. That
2) A SENSE OF PEACE or acceptance – the
feeling that you are not at odds with the world on a daily basis. It is not that you accept injustice but within you your mind and soul are at peace with yourself. I don’t think this applies only to religious folk but each of us can find a viable truth within ourselves that makes some sense of existence. Que Sera Sera. No point in getting your girdle in a knot, as they say about things you cannot change.
3) SENSE OF HUMOR – this seems to be core to even wanting to live a long worthy life because if you cannot laugh at the irony of life or at yourself for that matter then why would anyone even want to exist for however long?
4) GRATITUDE – so essential, not because you have to, not because God demands it, but because it increasesappreciation of everything large and small around us.
5) JOY – What was the last thing you were really joyful about? Try looking at
just about anything right now, the first object to your right and finding some
joy in it. Just for the heck of it. Just because.
What is your true age and how do you define it?
‘The eyes are the windows to the soul’ is an oft used phrase and is pretty accurate as
they reflect pain, sorrow, happiness, deceit, smugness, life, love..the list
could go on and on…but they also show age, for the youth, regardless of years
have a sparkle called life and when that sparkle ceases to show then regardless
of years, there is only ‘old’.
BTW sparkles can come back. There is little
else more rewarding that bringing joy to another and seeing life.