Who Decides When You Are Old? ~ You Do!
How old are you? No not your calendar age, how old do you act, feel, your attitude these are the things that will govern your desire to live to 100
Tradition views, general consensus, custom, friends, the media all conspire to the outdated mode of three score and ten. Yet we now know that 70 can be the start of a golden future.
Until recently tradition and culture have established how you ought to be at a given age and most fall into line. Too many seem unaware of this influence, but you don’t deliberately have to adopt old thinking and behaviours.
How fast or how well you age is all in the mind..
Its how you decide to behave.
Its your attitude about life.
Its how you feel about yourself.
Its about what you think is possible.
Its about what you think is important.
Briefly, it comes down to choices you make about how you live your life. However, there is more to it than that.
For example, society tells us that about age 65, you are a senior citizen. If you accept that categorization of yourself at age 65, you will experience oldness signs far earlier than necessary. That’s because acceptance carries with it adoption of approved oldness thinking and behaviours.
Close friends who have fallen into line reinforce old thinking and behaviours. We learn from each other without being aware of it.
It does not have to happen.
Remember, controlling old age begins in your head. Regardless of friends or cultural influences, you can march to your own drummer.
It may not be easy if belonging is important to you, or if being different is difficult for you, but you can control oldness influences.
Instead of becoming a senior (or whatever word describes or categorizes people beyond age 65), you can remain an ageless mature woman or man in a constant state of growth. You don’t need to be in a category.
Its absurd to call anyone at age 65 old. It may have been appropriate 50 years ago, but it no longer makes sense.
Consider that in 1950 there were possibly 2,300 centenarians. Today there are over 40,000. By 2050 there will be close to a million people 100 years of age or older. We are living longer that’s a fact. So why cling to horse-and-buggy thinking that results in limitation of your potential?
Why do we continue to relegate people at age 65 to all the old baggage that goes along with it?
You don’t have to succumb to tradition, conventional wisdom, or whatever you want to call it. You don’t have to see yourself or accept yourself as old because society says you are old.
The bottom line: You can triumph over oldness, regardless of your age, if you take control of what goes on in your head, and challenge antediluvian attitudes, thinking and behaviours that no longer make sense.
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Further reading can also be found with Barbara Morris’s book Put Old on Hold.
Curated from Barbara Morris R.Ph