Young or old?
Or more to the point do you feel young or old today?
I’ve noticed I’ve felt different at different times over my 88 years and I was trying to work out what the difference is and whether my actual age plays a part or not.
If my feet are being particularly painful (I suffer from a condition called Vasculitus which is a constant tingling pins and needles sensation in my feet) or the British weather is blowing an icy cold and wet wind straight into my eyes making them sore and watery I feel old as I battle down the street.
When life is going well and I’m fit and healthy (and the weather is more amenable) I feel young and vibrant. Luckily, I’m fit and healthy and I refuse to let my painful feet get the better of me most of the time – so they don’t. Being naturally a cheerful, curious and optimistic person I’m usually found rushing around feeling like a teenager! I usually say ‘yes’ to new opportunities which is another way to keep feeling youthful and alive.
I’m fortunate in having a robust health due in some part to my genes but encouraged by a good lifestyle so I’m not often feeling old. I see that you can be of a very young age and still feel old when life is harsh and you are coping with an illness or big stresses – hopefully these will pass and you can make choices that will help these things disappear. Therefore don’t confuse your life and the choices available to you with your actual age – a number which is only going to increase. Getting to a ‘big number’ is a priviledge not available to everyone so enjoy this life we have each and every day – young or old and throw away any notion of a number of years meaning anything more important than it is – just a number.
What do you do to keep a youthful outlook? I’d love to know what your tips are and if this has struck a cord with you. Please do let me know in the comments below and share with your family and friends.