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Right idea, wrong method?
As people age, they pine for the freedom and fitness of youth. Often, they pursue 'solutions' that are far from ideal:
Exercise methods that brutally punish the body
approaches fail to address the underlying issues and seldom result in a
long-term positive change. The main concerns need to be: mind, body,
attitude and lifestyle.
Clinging to the illusion that beauty can only be found in youth is one folly of modern society. People pay for plastic surgery and expensive cosmetic products in the hope of looking younger.
Yet, youth is just part of the aging process. Once it has gone, do not chase it. Instead of pining for what has been, enjoy what is happening now.
There is a time for putting
And another time for taking apart.
He who understands this course of events
Takes each new state in its proper time
With neither sorrow nor joy.
The Ancients said: "The hanged man cannot cut himself down."
Spa day, plastic surgery, cosmetic treatments, poor exercise and dyeing your hair are not ideal methods for rejuvenation. They typically only address the superficial.
Your face may look younger, but that is all... an aesthetic change is a surface change.
There is no miracle cure for aging. We will age no matter what we do. But we can address the quality of our lives. We can age with dignity, strength, a sharp mind and reasonable fitness.
One major area to consider is lifestyle. Our lifestyles choices and habits reflect how we think and what is important to us. Much of what we do is the outcome of familiarity.
We do what we are accustomed to doing. Change is often met with stubbornness, pride, suspicion and fear.
we move conveys energy and
youth – not how buff we are.
Why not re-discover what really makes a person youthful? Look at the characteristics of a youthful mind:
Indifferent to time
Appreciates the simple things
Commits to things they enjoy
Finds things out
Has few habits
Fascinated by the ordinary
Loves to rest/sleep/relax
No real sense of 'self-image'
Keen to learn new things
Does things for themselves
Not thinking about the future
Keen to try things out
Willingness to change
No fixed opinions
Keen to listen
Not political, not interested in the news, gossip etc
Embracing new things
Keen to make friends
Celebrates without the need for alcohol or drugs
Enjoys a challenge
Does not expect things to be easy
Asks lots of questions
Exploring the immediate
Page created 21 May 2007
Last updated 04 May 2023