I think it could be a state of mind. If you think younger, you can stay younger longer. But that is a contradiction isn’t it.
I think of the story Peter Pan and how he never wanted to grow up. So, he went to neverland where grownups were not allowed. Yet even while he was at neverland, he heard the stories that Wendy read to her brothers every night. He felt like he was missing something.
Why do some people enjoy life so much and others are so miserable? Your attitude and outlook are very important. I remember growing up and watching the Beverly Hillbillies where grandma always sat on a rocking chair outside on the porch.
Is that what growing old is? Getting to a certain age and just sitting and rocking and let life pass you by?
Our bodies were made to grow and hopefully our minds also. We want and need to experience what life has to give us. The first day of school, your first kiss, falling in love, getting married, having a child, your first grandbaby.
Our bodies were never meant to be alive forever. Our hearts and lungs can only stretch so long before the elasticity quits. Loot at a rubber band and stretch it over and over again until finally it snaps.
But our minds are different. We need to be careful what we put in our heads. We can harbor hate and greed which only seem to make our bodies grow old faster and our faces sour looking much younger and longer. If money or power is what motivates you, remember you can’t take it with you when you die. And the big question is ‘Are you happy.’
We can be humble and kind which will put a smile on our face along with the others we are helping. We find that we have more energy due to the excitement we hold onto for the next day. We take each day as a blessing and make the most out of it enjoying our job or families.
Growing old gracefully, is something we have to work at. I remember at the age of forty, I thought wow I am in a good place. I want to stay here forever. I am still young enough to look young yet, and have lots of energy and my mind was on top all the time. Then fifty came along, and I tried to keep up with everything I did when I was forty. The lines started showing around my eyes, and my body would not move the same anymore without aches. Of course, like all of us, I was in denial, I am not getting old, it is just a state of mind. But when sixty came along, I could see the changes. Wrinkles down my cheeks and I can’t jog like I use to without getting tired or pains in my knees.
Old age caught up to me, overnight, I don’t think I saw it coming. I decided I had to do something to try and grow old slower. Haha Putting creams on my face to try and soften up the lines. Get some extra sleep to help my mental abilities. And of course, to keep up my energy, exercise. I ride my bike now instead of jogging. It is easier on the knees. I find that as I make myself exercise, I am also giving myself more energy. My husband thinks I am crazy, why would you get up in the morning and jump on a bike for six miles when you really don’t feel like it.
What do you do to grow old gracefully?
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