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Growing Old Is An Option

It is stock-taking time again. (and no – it is NOT my birthday!)

It is just that the other day my 11-year old Vidur asked me this fabulous question:

“Suppose you didn’t know your birthday, how old would you be, according to you? What would you do and how would you behave?”

Ah – pretty profound – but as they say, out of the mouths of babes. This got me thinking. I seriously took a good look at my attitude (as if I would admit any shortcomings – ha!). Biologically, that clock is ticking away; yet, as am often fond of saying (and so was the late Aaliyah) “age ain’t nothin’ but a number’.

We are all so conditioned into certain beliefs that dictate how we feel. Come to think of it, a lot of what we do has nothing to do with our age. Take our creativity, talent, mind, health, and ability to do our bit in society – all these revolve more around our attitudes and beliefs rather than with age.

Getting old really is optional – it is a state of mind and an attitude. Just don’t let that ‘old’ person invade your body, no matter how old you are. In fact, just go ahead and pretend you have no idea when you were born! It is a matter of attitude.

Practically everyone I talk with harps on the state of the economy, the recession. They enjoy blaming EVERYTHING on the recession! How awful to sit there and crib about how bad things are!

Why should we behave like victims when we can be decisive and take action? Believe me, it feels so much better, so much healthier, and so much more fun!

Here is something I read somewhere recently – one of the instant cures for feeling low is to just take off on a jog. Jog steadily for 5 minutes. Focus on how you feel – it doesn’t matter if you are panting and puffing. Get that adrenaline to kick in. As the blood flow improves, so will your mood. Your brain will release those endorphins, that will lift your spirits. Suddenly all you can think of is enjoying that jog – observing things around you – nature, people – and perhaps appreciating what you have got.

Try it. It works.

And let me know – what are your beliefs about aging?

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Cheers!

Vidya

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1 Comment

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    DiehardKedar
    June 9, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Nicely written. I couldnt agree more.
    I feel young in my mind and always fight to keep my body young too!
    Feel sad to see so many old people around, people who are old already in their mid thirties!
    Maybe they should read your article.

    Cheers!
    –Kedar

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