I did see you flinch!
Think on it. If you weren't aging as you read this, you would be dead!! Aging is something to celebrate!
Ok, ok, I won't keep this up all month - like Death and Destruction for D or Pestilence and Plague for P (although Pestilence ... maybe ... has possibilities ...). Nope, I am sure I can't make case for those being cheery topics.
But Aging - well here is my "take" on it.
When do we start Aging?
The moment we are conceived! True. We start to age before we even are aware of our own existence ... certainly before we have the opportunity to buy face creams, purchase gym memberships or worry about our weight. Actually gaining weight during those pre-birth months is a good thing. Don't you wish you could have enjoyed it?
Why do we resist aging?
This is an easy answer! Our culture doesn't value aging. You would need to be living in a paper bag to not know that!!
What is the most frustrating thing about aging?
The body begins to slow down, fall short, and malfunction just about the time you become mentally and emotionally mature, knowledgeable, and professionally successful. The mind - now the mind can keep on going just fine! Hence the phrase - "the mind is willing but the body is not!"
Doesn't that seem like a really bad joke by our Creator? Do you think She chuckled to Herself when She created us and set this physical decline in motion? I don't think She chuckled. I think She laughed right out loud.
Can we do anything about aging?
Yes and No!
No, you can't stop aging. Remember, aging started before you took your first breath!
Yes, you can age effectively, purposefully, and gracefully. But it takes work (more and more work as time goes by), and there is no magic pill or short cut (believe me, I have checked them ALL out). Volumes of "how-to" books have been written about how to age well. But, really, it is pretty simple - it comes down to a few easy-to-remember points.
- Take care of the body and mind you were given. You get only one. Don't mess it up.
- Focus on the basics: keep your body and mind strong and active. Inactively is poison for both! (You will notice I didn't mention wrinkles, gray hair and skinny clothes. That is just the window dressing of aging - not the meat of the matter.)
- Don't assume that everyone over the age of 60 is mentally slipping! If you are lucky you will also reach 60 years of age! You will marvel at how young 60 feels when you get there. You will be shocked that anyone thinks 60 is "old". You will feel strongly that 60 is just the beginning. Don't box yourself in now with the label of "mentally slipping" when you turn 60 in the future. You can be sure that someone will remember you said that. (Actually I will remember. I have an active list going now. You don't want to be on my list!)
Aging is Great!!
And if you don't think so, feel free to check out of living any time!
The choice is yours!
So since you are alive, aging, and reading this post,
you should have some opinions!
What are your answers to these FAQs?
PS - I do like Pestulence for P. Maybe, just maybe .. come back later to see :-)