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Yep I get that feeling of grasshopper again, Chan I love your mastery. You are so right about the choices of being active and inactive. Maybe our soul has something to do with how we feel as well. What we do to keep our soul feeling youthful or is just that way? If we look after it well maybe thats why we get that feeling of youthfulness. I am kinda in that middle bracket don't feel young in age don't feel old. My soul definitly feels youthful. I am active in some ways and inactive in others. I guess we are always improving. This sight is soooo good for that. Improving. Thanks for the great insights. Cheers.
I was born in the year 1946, the very beginning of the Baby Boom generation. My generation will never be "senior citizens". That is a name reserved for people who think of themselves as old. Our songs said that "we were going to live forever..." and we believed them. My local "Senior Citizen Center" is now the Adult Education Center. It is no longer just for people playing bingo. It has aerobics classes, French language classes, Tai Chi classes, etc. It is place for people to go to learn new skills, not just think about "the good ol' days". We live in an exciting world whose barriers have been removed by computers, where vast virtual communities can gather learn, inspire, and be inspired. I rowed on The Iron Oarsman virtual rowing team that ranked fourth in the world last year. Age was not a factor. A team that I used go be is called "Age Without Limits" (a name that I suggested to replace the original "Senior Citizens", It ranked number 2 in the world. At 61, I was in the top ten of each team. Age is not a number. Age is an activity level. If you are inactive for a long time, you will be old very young. If you are very active, you will be young for a long, long time. Young and old are choices, not numbers.
Edited by: CHANETC at: 8/1/2008 (18:37)
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Interesting discussion! I love being 37. I also loved being 36. And 35, 34, 33, etc, back to my teen years when (of course) I yearned to be older! So nice to live in the present as much as possible.
BTW, I recently realized that I haven't been "carded" in a few years... People always told me I looked younger, say 10 years younger than I am! They still say that, but now I guess I look 27 so I don't get carded.
HOWEVER, I AM starting to see my real age in the mirror. Wrinkles, sags, grey hairs... and you know what? I LOVE IT!
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Age is a Number for sure, I never really pay much attention to it either, age that is. I always had a Grandmother that said you are as young as you feel. I guess I feel Younger than I am. 46. I never pretend that I am not 46 as that is how long I have been on this earth. I am not ashamed of that. I am really proud of it infact. I recently had an experience with numerology and found it quite interesting I was in contact with a master mathematician and he pointed a few things out to me. When you understand numbers it is quite fasinating. Guess what if you and I add our two digits together we are Both 10 which reduces to 1. Number 1 means. creative, alpha, leader, ambition, initiation, individualism, Happiness, fullfilment, unique, omniscience. There are a few other meanings but that will do for now. Hope you enjoy.
Edited by: BISHOODLE at: 8/1/2008 (04:46)
Age is but a number, and I was never very good at Math!
Like with everything else in life there are different attitudes regarding age. Take my mother for example (may she rest in peace), bless her heart I believe she was born old, at least I felt that way around her. She had very old fashioned ideas, she never drove or worked, and I can still remember how upset she was when she saw my first boyfriend kissing me.
I can recall feeling very self-conscious going into my room at my parent's home with my husband on the day we got married to change clothes after the wedding, to go off on our honeymoon.
Then there’s my ex-father in law, ‘Poppo’, he always talks about his high school days as a star athlete and the time he spent as a Marine; it seems those were his favorite years since he keeps on referring back to them, and the one thing he keeps on stressing to me is how fast he feels his life is going, since he is still holding on to those years.
To tell you the truth for a long time, it wasn’t that I didn’t believe him, but I just couldn’t relate to what he was saying, I kept on thinking that he should try to live and enjoy the present and stop looking back, and in many ways he is, since to this day, getting closer to his late eighties, he is still handsome, in good health, great spirits, has a good group of friends, he travels, he works-out and looks good, and maybe his re-living those years is what’s kept him feeling and looking younger.
I, on the other hand, live very much in the present, and it was only recently that I started to relate to what ‘Poppo’ has been telling me all these years regarding how fast life goes, since I’ve never really paid too much attention to my age. That was up until about a year ago when I turned 55 and acquired the label of ‘Senior Citizen’.
How could this be? I thought to myself, wasn’t I just 20 yesterday? Who’s that older lady in the mirror looking back at me? I don’t feel any different; I haven’t stopped wanting, needing, feeling, caring, hurting, enjoying, and most of all dreaming!
At that point I realized that I could either become like my mom and stop enjoying life, or start thinking about the good old days like ‘Poppo’ or simply realize that “Age is but a number, and I was never very good at Math!”
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