Time plays many tricks on us. When we are young, age seems irrelevant. As we pass through the adolescence, time management becomes an issue to tackle. And when we grow old, how to manage the time is a hot topic. Age and time have always played hide and seek with each other. Additionally, aging is also a game – a mind game! You are as young as you want your mind to think you are.
As Mark Twain said “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you do not mind, it does not matter.”
Time is precious, and once you lose it, you would never get it back. Similarly, age is just a number; you are as old as you trick your mind to be. What is more important is how you perceive yourself.
Easier said than done! Most women and surprisingly some men too are afraid to grow old. Every year since I turned 30, I also have had this fear of aging. What I never realized is that I am letting this worry age me more than the actual time. It is a mental, psychological transition apart from physical changes. The existential question is- why are we so afraid of the word ‘Age’ and why are we terrified to grow old?
Society and the culture limit the individual. In many cultures, a person retires at the age of 60 to 65 making them obsolete as if their capabilities have suddenly declined. Beauty and aging are all about the perception! If you believe you no longer are meant to do something in life, just because the societal norms made you feel inadequate and unhealthy, it is something you need to rethink.
Several countries especially across Europe, might not have similar conditions. The norms changes and you find that men and women are trying to learn a new art, even after the age of 70. This lifestyle is because they want their mind to be eternally young. It is indeed inspiring. They have all the time in the world to start fresh. Just as wine gets better with aging, be better and better before yesterday!
Aging is in mind; all you need to do to age graciously is to follow these simple life rules:
Easy Ways To Deal With Aging
1. Love thyself
Don’t put your soul in a box labeled as “your age.” Yes, physical appearances do matter at times. But they are not as important as your mind and spirit. Never put them in a compartment that defines how you should feel. Aging would then turn into a burden. We tend o use the words ‘Youth’ and ‘Beauty’ interchangeably. Snapchat and Instagram filters are all its contributors. Many cosmetic companies make huge profits out of the pressure it has on the people. Why should one fit in a particular parameter that is most of the time fake? The primary fear feeds these businesses that sell youth and beauty.
Our bodies are indeed nothing more than a vehicle for our soul. Take care of the vehicle and the spirit will automatically be looked after. You tend to live longer and happier when you love yourself. Love your body, mind, and soul.
2. Change your perspective
Once you change your outlook, the life starts looking up. The frown turns into a smile! Take aging as a gift and a time machine. You get to have all the time in the world, like once you had when you were a child. Travel, dance, learn a new language, make new friends or practice an old hobby. It is indeed a gift! You have been in a rat race all your life, and now once you are retired or even a non-working parent, you can live your life once more, the way you want it. Revise how you perceive aging and leverage the time to strike off your todo’s on the bucket list.
3. Recognize – your actions makes you
Let the society norms be! They would want younger generation; they are hard working no doubt. But the older generation is more experienced and wise. The quality of life decreases when a person becomes inactive. Life holds no meaning for them, and they usually become depressed as their mind tells that there is nothing left.
We usually evaluate a person’s worth by the kind of work they do. We are all so fixated on the job and money; we often forget that we should look for happiness too. Pursue those things that bring joy. Your actions define who you are and not your age. If you are happy, your age would not matter as much.
4. Believe in what you want to
Don’t follow the assumptions. Never be fooled by expectations. Old age, just like any other prejudice is just an assumption. If I believe I am beautiful, smart, sexy, then no one can deny that. Choose to believe in your own experience. Follow your heart and not someone’s expectations. This ideology holds true for all the people of all the ages. Never limit yourself. Broaden your horizon.
5. Keep good company
A great company does not mean you need to hang out with people your age. Spend time with people who make you happy. Be it, a person from the younger generation, a kinder going child or even an old retired person. It is an exhilarating feeling to engage with people. You get to learn in the process. By keeping company with curious, funny, and kind people, you would notice that people of all age group have something to share. With a diverse group, you learn as well as teach a few things. It makes you active.
6. Have unlimited fun
Why should youngsters have all the fun? Who said having a jolly time is limited a particular age group? Be silly, be goofy, be a child, be full of surprises and be surprised. Let others question your sanity. What has age got to do with being happy and beautiful? Getting old graciously by accepting it, and yet not let it bother you. Embrace it with love, love everything about it and be happy and stay crazy. It is not age restricted. We get old but how we age is only in our heads!
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