"I still feel so young inside."

Monday, August 24, 2009

In answer to the question: "Can Streisand, so strong and beautiful at this stage in her life, now look in the mirror and see that?", Streisand responded by laughingly admitting to getting older...then said something that struck a nerve in me. "I still feel so young inside. And that's me in the mirror?"

How many times have I looked in the mirror the past ten years or so and said that very same thing? How many of you have done the same? I suspect enough of us to number in the thousands.

It suddenly hit me today, as I read this article about a woman I admire greatly...that many of us may face this dilemma. The aging of our bodies while inside we feel much younger than our chronological years.

I don't mean to say that I want, or am aiming at retrieving my youth. Nor do I expect on my current journey here at SparkPeople to get back into the bikini I wore in my twenties (even if I still had it). I guess I am talking about a state of mind. Yes...in my mind, I am still young...perhaps late teens or early 20's. I still have aspirations for myself and continue to have dreams of continuing with my art. I still have hope that we as a nation and a country are evolving in a way that our children and grandchildren will have something substantial to build on. I am still certain that I have much to offer my friends and family. I love to laugh hard with my children/friends and giggle uncontrollably with my grandchildren about...well...nothing.

I am, by very nature, young at heart...and I had the sudden epiphany today that I probably share that trait with many, many others...including Barbara Streisand. What I look like to others, and what I look like to myself bears very little resemblance to the "me" I am profoundly grateful to know intimately.

This journey I am on is a necessary one for my future health and well being. I am grateful to Sparks for their wonderful support and nurturing of all my health and exercise needs. But I am most thankful for that youthful spirit inside me that allows me unlimited belief in myself and my ability to succeed in this part of my journey.

"I still feel so young inside." And for this, I am grateful.
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    That's just the message I needed to hear today. Keep that youthful spirit alive ... and you can accomplish anything.

    4320 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/26/2009 4:40:27 PM
    Lovely words to live by. Don't act your age...act what you are inside. You've got the secret Christine.

    4321 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/25/2009 7:24:09 PM
    Undoubtedly your youthful spirit comes through. I'm sure that when people see you, you GLOW! :) Age is just a number that chronicles the years, not something by which to be imprisoned. (Coming from a woman that is 31, but has felt 45 since she was a teenager.)

    Good for you for embracing yourself exactly as you are!
    4321 days ago
    You have so eloquently articulated what I feel inside. Thank You!
    4321 days ago
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    Being a huge Striesand fan I read the article as soon as I opened the paper. Yes, I often feel the same. How could I possibly feel old? i am healthy active and working daily towards my goals and my mission. Only when i get a sidelong glance or see a photo do I realize I do not look like I did years ago.
    4322 days ago
    OK, I have a picture in my clipart that shows an old lady dancing and saying "If you haven't grown up by 50, you don't have to" That says it all. I remember distinctly wondering at age 50 if I would ever grow up. I'll be 70 in Sept. and if you read my blogs you'll know that I'm not thinkin' 70.. emoticon
    4322 days ago
    Your blog is well written and heart felt. I, too, feel young inside, and nor do I want to go back to a certain age. I have looked at my hands and have asked myself when I did get my Grandmother hands, or my mother hands. I am almost 63 and I think about my Grandmother when she was 63 and the differences are endless and I now ask myself did she feel 63 and what does 63 feel like. I have a feeling she'd answer that she too felt young inside, too!
    4322 days ago
    I'm 30 years old and in the last two and a half years I have found the woman of my dreams, married her, proudly accepted her two sons and treat them as if they were my own, and just over two weeks ago had my first child. And yet, with all of these changes, I still feel like I am in my late teens/early twenties as well. I miss those days so much at times, but I do love my family very much and know that the right things have happened in my life. Of course, I haven't completely let go of the fun times of my youth... I still play in a rock band! So at least I have those moments to keep me young! (Though, my age really shows when we play a long night of music and I am completely exhausted now!)
    4322 days ago
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