Young or old

Young or old

Young or old?

Or more to the point do you feel young or old today?

Daphne Selfe

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.

Young Daphne Selfe

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.

Young Daphne at 88

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.

Young Daphne

Young Selfe

Daphne photographed by Grace
Photos by my Granddaughter Grace – My 88th Birthday shoot

8 thoughts on “Young or old”

  1. It is so lovely to see you so happy, healthy and enjoying your 88th birthday! Your granddaughter did a wonderful job at capturing you in these shots. Again, it was an honor to meet you in London this past April and I can’t wait to get together again! Happy Birthday and cheers to your health and loving what you most enjoy! Send my regards to Claire… XOXOXOXO Irene, your USA Model student/graduate.

  2. Darlin’ Daphne, fabulous photo shoot for your 88th Birthday, by lovely Grace. You are never any older to me, always the same beautiful person that I met some 32 years ago, always glowing with happiness and optimism. As you say truly a privilege to get to a good/great number – a happy person makes for a happy healthy life 🙂 love you Lindy oxo ps: see you soon

  3. Ms. Selfe, happy fabulous birthday. You are a goddess. Thank you for always sharing your brilliance and beauty….you make a positive impact in many lives. Thank you!

  4. You are such an inspiration to all older ladies. Belated Happy Birthday!

  5. Looking as beautiful as ever Daphne! Belated Happy Birthday wishes.

    Aside from a good haircut and well fitting clothes, a smile & positive attitude helps to make me feel young.

  6. Graceful, elegant and fantastically stylish, Happy belated Birthday Daphne. You always look amazing and prove age is really nothing but a number….always reminding me of my mum x

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