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How Do You Stay Young?


Posted by Non-Hamster on March 29th, 2011

I think it's a legitimate, and very important, question.  As the years pass by and the body gets older the toll of the years starts to add up.  A creaking, aching joint, stiff knees, slowed reaction time, an increased sensitivity to cold weather, one's hair turning Grey or even falling out.  All these and more are just some of the physical signs that you're "getting past a certain age" as I heard it put in a movie once.

Others include a very noticeable tendency to think of people under 30 and even 40 as "kids" or worse, "Damn kids" or "Whippersnappers".

One becomes more and more set in one's ways with an ever increasing refusal to accept changes started by "those damn whippersnappers".

In all that you're fighting to hang on to every shred of youth you have left.  In this fight one of, if not THE, most important aspects is your attitude.  In fact I would go so far as to say that a proper attitude is one of the very best anti aging product that you can have in your arsenal in the fight against growing old.

Poets and writers sometimes tend to wax poetic about how wonderful it is for a man and a woman to "grow old together".  BAH!  I don't want to grow old with a woman, I want for us to keep each other young!  I want to make the most of the time we have together and be able to enjoy it as much as is humanly possible for as long as possible.

They say youth is wasted on the young.  When I was in my teens and twenties I didn't really understand that statement but now that I'm in my fifties I understand it perfectly.  The young waste their youth on pointless, meaningless things for the most part.  Things that, as a person with over fifty years experience at life, I can tell you I wouldn't waste one second on.

If I could somehow now have the youth I had at that age I wouldn't be wasting it on pointless crap that won't mean anything in twenty or thirty years.  I'd use it to get the very most out of life that I possibly could.

Even without that devoutly to be wished for gift, I still fully intend to make the very most I can out of every day for as long as I draw breath and life on God's Earth.

Life really is too short to waste on meaningless bullshit.

However at the same time I reserve the right to continue using terms like "whippersnapper", "kids", "young'uns", "damn kids", "damn whippersnappers" and acting both crotchety and wise toward the younger generations just to keep 'em confused and guessing.

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