“Age is just a number,” maybe you are one of those people who repeated tell themselves that it is ok to be old and look old. And it’s pretty close to the truth: while many feel according to their calendar years; many felt that age is just a number that defines how you feel and how much is your vitality.
One should look at age from two very different angles.
On one side is the number of years that have elapsed since the day of your birth and the framing of your social responsibilities.
Then there is the old “emotional” angle. This is the way you feel. Ignoring their importance is what leads directly to the midlife crisis; anguish when you turned 40, the depression of turning 50, and the resignation of the age 60.
Sometimes, in addition to the number; it also promotes change in your mentality. For example, the day you become a grandparent you may feel almost forced to feel old. The same happens when the day of your retirement, or when you can not renew your license unless after a medical examination. But this are culturally imposed biases and does not defined at all on how to feel or what should be your levels of energy.
A clear example of this, and also a tool to stay young, is the ability to amuse and amaze. Playing with your friends does not necessarily translate as an afternoon playing rummy with other people your age. If you feel so, go to the cinema, to the theater, watch street performers and even biking or rollerblading. Do what your body asks and what company your energy will allow and not only is what “appropriate for your age”.
Something quite common that often prevent many people from staying young is when they have family members who discourages or pushes them down refraining them from doing what they like and want claiming that they are too old to do so. It might be the case for many activities but there are still hundreds of other things that a person can do to help him feel young, look young and hopefully feel better and live longer.
If your loved ones do not feel to do things that will keep you young and make them do so for your sake. Invite them to do things with you if you want to, make them see, live and understand that world that you belong to now. These are especially the case with couples who still, though in old age, still want different things. Do what you need to do and in a few days, when your partner notices a new vitality and happiness then surely you can encourage your better half to join you or at least understand you.
Feeling young is just the beginning.
Feeling younger and stronger makes you do those things you wished you have done years ago. It makes you happy, alive and hopefully makes you live longer!