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Saturday, October 18, 2014

growing old and staying young....



This might seem like an impossible thing... 
And for those of you who knew me, you know I as afraid or getting old most of my life...  not so much anymore...  I am not quite sure why but ever since I decided to let go of coloring my hair and fighting the physical sign of aging, I feel younger then ever! Ever since I regained control of my health with lifestyle and diet changes I am not afraid of getting sick...

A girl I work with even told my I was young in spirit (or something to that effect)....  Some may say immature (some actually said it!)... but I like young in spirit! It is true that when you look at my physical body and the way I act there's a clash...  I look like a 40something women...  And I act/think like a 20something... and that is FINE!!!!

You know why?

Because you may not have control, or not as much as you'd like, over the aging of your physical body but it should not dictate how you dress, think and act! What you do with your life... and how you choose to live it!

Of course by eating a plant based diet you do age slower and your physical body looks younger and stays healthier much longer. There are tons of scientific evidences to that effect. Another thing that can help is moderate exercise... like walking, biking, swimming and yoga.... Add to it meditation and breathing... and there you go! You can keep your body in excellent shape! Just like a car that gets TLC and proper maintenance.... It can ride for many many decades! More than average!

There are so many rules as to what you should and should not do according to your age...  Who wears torn jeans and ride a bike to work at 42???  Who moves 1000km away from where they spent all their lives with their son and husband at 41? Who becomes a coffee shop girl as a mature adult? Who works part time or pre-retire at 41 (in their prime)? Me, me, me and me....  Because this is the life I chose for myself... never mind the "rules"... Because this is what I want... what suits me... 

Nonetheless, your body will age... there is ultimately nothing you can do that will STOP it completely... 

In my experience, people who remain young spirited and young at heart do age more gracefully... despite the physical changes.  They look younger, healthier and happier... They are the kind of older people I want to be... not the resentful ones... the ones that are frustrated because they did not live their lives... and regret it!  The ones that criticizes and advise against following your heart... 

You should always follow your hearth... not your brain!  If you want to be happy....  Follow your heart, and the brain will finds ways to adapt...  Follow your hearth and you will be young in spirit... and you will be happy...

I want to be a nice, happy, healthy and joyful older women... someone younger people look up too as an example of how they want to live their lives....  not as an example of what they want to avoid!

I want to stay young in my head... meaning I want to stay open to new possibilities... new adventure... never stay put and take things for granted...  move along with life and time...  like the water that follows the river... not like the stone that resist the current... and never sees what is upstreams.   I want to be free, move along, go around the stone and see what is beyond... what is coming up and embrace it!  Embrace changes.... opportunities...  challenges... learn... move on....
No matter what the age of my physical body is!

I want to be the kind of person that knows and truly believes that there is always hope...

I will not get any younger...  anytime soon!  No one does...  We're all heading in the same direction...  but I want to be an inspiration to younger people... and show them that there are no right or wrong... that there are no mistakes... no wrong path...  you can always change and make new decisions... and take up new challenges... it is NEVER too late...  Not at 30! Not a 40! Not at 50!  or ever... as long as you take care of your physical body, it will serve you well and you can make you life the life you want...  Even if some things are too late to be done, there are alternative...

For example, kind of hard to get a kid in your 50s...  but you can work with kids, volunteer, be a big sister (or big brother)...

I've heard of people going back to University once they retired...

I've heard of people ditching their well paid career and do their dream jobs in their forties (rings a  bell?)... but I am not the only one...  we are an ever growing number of people in their 40s doing that.  This is what Generation X does.

You can always change your life... as long as you stay young in your heart... and you spirit... 

be young...
live your dreams...

love&peace,
nath
xox

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1 comment:

  1. Great post and lots of good to think about! Thanks for sharing :)

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