"Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul." ~Samuel Ullman
"What a drag it is getting old." ~Rolling Stones
Growing old’s a real bitch isn’t it? One moment we’re little children without a care in the world, running through sprinklers on a hot summer day, playing hide and seek and chasing butterflies. The next moment we’re teenagers having the time of our lives, listening to Iron Butterfly, Jim Morrison’s ‘scream of the butterfly’ and chasing Bob Lind’s ‘Elusive butterfly’ of love. Loud, annoying and rebellious teens, who longed for independence, questioned authority, and vowed to change the world.
Then as if over night we become adults and gain our independence. Free at last to make our own way in the world, able to do whatever we want whenever we want and no longer need anyone’s permission. But along with that new found independence comes all the responsibilities associated with adulthood, personal, social, financial and so much more. So we begin getting serious about the rest of our lives, most of us anyway, and we begin to wonder why we were always in such a damn hurry to be older. We’re kid for only 12 years and teens for 7, but we’re adults for the rest of our lives.
Our adult years pass quickly, our careers and families see to that. Just like that a string of decades have passed and we wonder where all the time has gone. Yep, the Baby Boomer Generation is really showing its age. The eldest of us are now 69, the youngest 51. In just six short months the first of the Boomers will begin turning 70! Can you believe that? 70 years old! Soon it will be more appropriate to refer to us as the Geriatric Generation rather than Baby Boomers. Our generation is aging fast. We may be the generation that was born free, born to run, born in the USA, and born to be wild, but we’re also the ones born under a bad sign, born to lose and born to die.
Of course we’ve all heard that ’70 is the new 50′ but that’s just wishful thinking. I think that rumor was started by a bunch of 70 something’s looking for a little comfort and reassurance in their old age. I’m a firm believer in the old adage “you’re only as old as you feel.” Someday’s I feel younger than others and someday’s I feel much older than my years. Much of it depends on my aches and pains, and my mental attitude. Age isn’t about the number of years you’ve lived, age is an attitude. We may not be able to stop the aging process, slow down those wrinkles or move as quickly as we once did and that’s okay. And we may make occasional old people noises when getting up off the sofa or out of the car, but that means nothing. It’s all about how you feel about aging that matters. Only you can make yourself feel youthful and full of vigor. You are in control. Remember attitude is everything! Strive to be forever young!
But on those days when you’re feeling truly young at heart, do what I do, avoid mirrors. There’s nothing worse for killing a youthful mood than seeing that old guy in the mirror.