There is a huge emphasis on women (and some men) to stay young forever. Of course, most of these women are trying to look twenty-five when they are fifty, and that is certainly their business. What Iíd like to do is to stay mentally young and feel good as long as possible Ė hopefully forever.
Staying Physically Young
Iím sure Iíll be outraged at every wrinkle and line someday, so I throw on some sunscreen. But while my face is important, whatís more important is the state of my body. After the teenage years, our bodies start to lose muscle tone every year unless you physically work to put it back. It is the muscle in your body that makes you youthful and limber. It is the muscles that help you stand up straight and give you energy. So I plan to focus most of my ďstay young foreverĒ energies on weight training and my overall health Ė not a particular face cream.
If you want your body to feel young forever, there is never a point where you can stop exercising, by the way. There are seventy-year-old men (and women) who run marathons and there are people of the same age who can barely move. Exercise over the entire lifetime is the big difference.
Staying Mentally Young
So Iíll be exercising with a focus on building up muscles for the next ninety years, but what Iím really looking forward to is keeping my mind young forever. I enjoy my life now. I have minimal responsibilities and I enjoy the ones I do have. I have hobbies that I really like and am good at and Iím more focused on having fun than on ďacting my age.Ē Think of the fun loving grannies in movies or maybe youíre lucky enough to have one in your life Ė these women donít suddenly become fun at eighty. They work on it and so will I. Hereís how:Iíll Make a Career Out of Having Fun
I need money and will have big bills, of course, but if I can pay those bills doing what I like, why shouldnít I? Taking a job for money will certainly pay the bills, but taking a job because itís fun and happens to also be paid is so much better.
I Wonít Worry About MoneyIíll Be Silly
I think the happiest people are the ones who make do with what they have and move on with life. The ones stressed about money all the time wonít be enjoying life the way Iíd like to. However much I make at my fun job, Iíll set up automatic bill pay, let the bank take care of it, and get back to my life with whatís left over.
I think itís important to be silly and not worry too much about what others think of you. Of course, itís best to be silly around friends who are also comfortable with a bit of craziness, but if Iím not lucky enough to have friends to be crazy with, Iíll borrow someoneís kids.
Iíll Laugh Everyday
Laughter is the best medicine and the most you laugh the happier and younger you feel. I will find a way to laugh every day and most importantly, Iíll be able to laugh at myself.