Contrary to popular belief in our society, age is not a disease. Everyone gets older – there’s nothing we can do to change that. But, HOW we choose to age (and live) is up to us.
When we’re young, we think we have all the time in the world. But instead of being joyful about where we are in life and making the most of every minute, we tend to cling to a false sense of security: we think because we’re young we have lots of time. But the truth is that none of us know how much time we really have. There’s no promise of tomorrow, no matter what age we are.
And, if we’re not actually living and going after our desires and dreams – it doesn’t matter how old we are. What ultimately matters is what we do with our time at all stages of life.
We all get older and we evolve and change, but we should never stop living. Our culture wants to tell us there are limits to what we can do at certain ages, but the only real limit to what you are capable of at any age is in your own mind.
There is however, a limit to the time we have here on earth. No matter what age you are, you can’t take your time. You’ve got to get moving and creating the life you want today.
For me, it’s about feeling youthful. The state of feeling alive, free, energetic and light. And guess what? These are all feelings that are available to us at any age. We’ve all met the 60-yr old that just defied their age by starting a successful business or running a marathon.
So what can you do to start feeling youthful? These are all things you probably already know, but I find that a refresher never hurts:
I know it’s cliche, but food is a drug and when we’re putting crap in our bodies we feel weighed down, lethargic and the opposite of youthful. Focus on eating fresh, whole and organic foods. Stay away from food that comes in a box as much as possible.
Move your body
This doesn’t have to be grueling strenuous exercise. It can simply be walks, hiking, yoga or stretching. Daily movement gets our energy flowing, and helps us get back into balance which will give you even more energy each day.
Seriously. Laughter raises your endorphins and creates a feeling of being alive. Did you know that there’s actually something called laughing therapy? Spend time with friends that make you laugh. Don’t take everything so seriously. Watch a funny movie. Go hang out with the kids in your life and have some fun!
Learn something new
Tap into your creative or adventurous side. Take a painting class or learn how to rock climb. Find a new hobby or re-engage in a old one. Do something that brings you joy!