I’ve heard it said that you’re only as young as you feel. There’s how you feel in your body, of course. Do you feel creaky? Limber? Pained? Strong? Since starting to exercise again, I feel younger physically than I did a year ago. Even six months ago, I felt sluggish and my back hurt most of the time. Amazing how much difference even twenty pounds can make. Even though I’m still in the obese range, my blood pressure is lower, my back doesn’t hurt as much, and I feel younger. It makes me want to lose more and become stronger. Exercise helps me shed my premature age.
Youth is a mental state as well. You can be naturally young due to age, you can freeze in time at a certain point, perhaps sixteen or twenty, and not age from there. You can be eighty and enjoy a second childhood – whether from dementia or enlightenment. I aim for a conscious maturity, though I never want to devolve into ossification. I stay active, mentally and physically. I want to be like the willow, strong and supple throughout my life.
How old do you feel?
How old do you want to feel?