“I believe it’s your birthday today? Happy birthday!” I tweeted to a friend on Twitter.
“Thanks. Though given the number I’m in two minds about being ‘happy'” he tweeted back.
This is a common reaction among us who are approaching an age that we believe will have our best years behind us.
In the West we are lead to believe that the older we get the less appreciated and required by society we are.
We are taught that the older a person is the less they have to contribute to society. The belief is they are from a less intelligent bygone era and are too stuck in their ways to embrace the new.
In old societies, elders were revered because they had reached
In modern times we don’t fear being eaten by a large animal and food is surplus so there is little chance of dying of starvation.
We have better healthcare and we are more civilised which means we are living longer than ever. There has never been a greater time to be alive.
I think of old age as a gift and a privilege. What other way is there to look at it?
But we should never take it for granted. We should always be pushing ourselves to evolve with the times spiritually, mentally and physically.
Keep pushing your body to grow. If you stop it will begin to rot. Lift weights, run, swim, stretch, whatever. Send those signals to the body to tell it you’re alive.
Keep educating your brain. When the brain learns something new it creates new neurons regardless of how old you are.
Keep nourishing the spirit. Work on your inner self, mindset and your own personal philosophy to life.
Instead of dreading each year getting older we should relish it.
Going bald? Shave it off.
Going grey. Embrace it.
Eyesight fading? Get glasses or contacts.
As long as I can stay of sound body and mind I want to live until I’m at least 100 years old. Ideally more.
To me, old age is a privilege that many people never get to experience. Their lives cut short through unlucky circumstances or personal neglect.
When I pointed this out to my friend on Twitter he, of course, saw getting older as better than the alternative. But that’s still a less negative way to look at it.
Instead, we should look at getting older as an opportunity for growth to be a better person tomorrow than we are today.
There is no other way of looking at it.
Quite clearly what the gentleman in this video has done too.
“I’m getting old!”
“No I’m not. I’m not going to do that.”
“The best Armour of Old Age is a well-spent life preceding it; a Life employed in the Pursuit of useful Knowledge, in honourable Actions and the Practice of Virtue; in which he who labours to improve himself from his Youth, will in Age reap the happiest Fruits of them; not only because these never leave a Man, not even in the extremest Old Age; but because a Conscience bearing Witness that our Life was well-spent, together with the Remembrance of past good Actions, yields an unspeakable Comfort to the Soul” Marcus Tullius Cicero