Prompt: Young At Heart
What are your thoughts on aging? How will you stay young at heart as you get older?
The consensus about aging among my acquaintances about growing older is: It sucks.
We are, of course, talking about the physical effects of aging. All the usual: wrinkles, grey strands, aches and pains, concerns like heart health, peeing, and sleeping; and serious illnesses become more likely, while our ability to withstand them diminishes. Yeah, it sucks.
As for staying “young at heart”, what does that mean? I really do not want to be a frivolous, callous, selfish, overly emotional young sprout again. That sucked too, being, if not stupid, then at least not as brilliant as I am now!
I try to stay physically and mentally active. It’s a challenge, but that is part of the fun of getting older. You pick your challenges. You decide if, how and why you do anything. Choices are virtually endless, and you are much better equipped to make pleasurable, productive, and exquisitely personal and quirky decisions, with some degree of perspective and yes, even wisdom. I don’t have to take up golf, or bridge, or learn square dancing, or fret about the younger generations. I can paint, write, snowshoe, form a band, feed the homeless, start a political party, read twenty trashy novels, or pretty well anything I want. That part doesn’t suck.