Who Told You That You Are Too Old?
Getting old is one of those things in life that we have come to accept whether we want it or not; much like death. But what most of us don’t know is that age (getting old) is a choice.
Now I’m not talking about the physical part of getting old of which there are many studies that have said that our body rebuilds itself every eleven months. Which means that we gain a brand new body every eleven months and if in fact, this is really true then I guess one might say that we have chosen to age our physical bodies as well; either subconsciously or consciously.
Ignoring what science has said about our body renewing itself like a snake; there are still people in this present world who have defied age and have bodies that look far younger than the number of years they have lived on this planet. But this is another topic for another post. Today, I am going to talk about the ageing of the soul.
Age and the concept of time
Have you ever heard the statement “I am too old for that” or “you are too old to do that”? eighty per cent of us at a certain age have heard this. Many a time have we been shut down from dreaming a certain dream because of our age; because of a number… a number. Think about it, isn’t it somewhat ridiculous? Indeed… I say. And the funny thing is that we may even be the one shutting ourselves down from the said dream because of our age.
First of all, I would like to say this; age and the concept of time were created by man… let me repeat myself. Age and the concept of time were created by MAN. A person like you and me… a person with the same biological makeup just like you and me. Ponder on this and ask yourself where the rule book is. Where is the rule book that says you cannot do somethings… especially the things that you love when you reach a certain age?
Where is the rule book that says that you cannot dance salsa when you reach the age of eighty? Where is the rule book that says that you are too old to marry at the age of sixty or seventy? Who will arrest you for deciding that you want to have your first baby at the age of fifty? Who is the age police?
There is no age police but the only thing that comes close to being the age police of our society is Judgement… the judgement that we will get from others for living our lives the way we deem fit. Let me ask you this. In your time on earth has anyone’s judgemental words towards you ever reduced the amount of money that you have in your pocket? Has your bank ever called you to say “we are so sorry bur Mr and Mrs X are judging you for starting a new career at the age of fifty and we would have to debit five hundred dollars from your account because of this”? Has that ever happened to you? I think not.
Of course, it never feels good to be judged and criticized but you know what feels way worse than the judgement of others? Not living the life that you truly desire. Age is only a number but the burdens that we put on the soul is what ages us. Retirement doesn’t always have to be the end; retirement can be the best thing because it is the time to do all the things you never had the time to do when life got in the way. Now you can pick up the photography you have always loved and enjoyed or you can try the stand-up comedy you never got a chance to do.
Don’t end your life because of numbers on a calendar; those numbers don’t mean much… they are only a way for you to keep track of time. Use it but don’t let it burden you.
Below are 18 quotes on eternal youth and getting old.
1. It’s not how old you are, it’s how you are old. Jules Renard
2. Learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity, and a provision in old age. Aristotle
3. I think being in love with life is a key to eternal youth. Doug Hutchison
4. Snakes in the ancient world, because of their skin-shedding ability, often symbolized immortality or eternal youth. Alice K. Turner
5. Some people are old at 18 and young at 90. Time is a concept that humans created. Yoko Ono
6. The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age. Aldous Huxley
7. You are never too old to be young. Snow White
8. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty, never grows old. Franz Kafka
9. We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. George Bernard Shaw
10. To forget is the secret of eternal youth. One grows old only through memory. There’s much too little forgetting. Erich Maria Remarque
11. Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young. Henry Ford
12. Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are. Muhammad Ali
13. When our memories outweigh our dreams, we have grown old. Bill Clinton
14. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. C.S. Lewis
15. And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. Abraham Lincoln
16. Age is a matter of feeling, not of years. George William Curtis
17. To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old. Oliver Wendell Holmes
18. Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. Mark Twain
So, it is time. It is time to bring out that old dream and start working on it; it doesn’t matter what it is as long as it brings you bliss. Sing, dance, write, travel, exercise, paint, learn a new language or even a new subject like Chemistry; whatever it may be, it is not too late to do it and when people tell you that you are too old to do it, tell them that they are too young to say such things.
If you are strong enough to live the life you desire; a life different from that expected by society, then you are strong enough to forget your age and live your life. You are not too old to do anything you desire to do (there is always a way) but if you don’t do it; one day you will be too dead to do it at all.