Aging – A Simple State Of Mind
“Your Age is just a number…It’s simply a state of mind. You make the choice….Either you control it…….Or it will control you!
“Every time I look in the mirror,
All these lines on my face are getting clearer,
You gotta’ know how to lose to learn how to win,
You gotta’ be lost before you find your way home,
I lived and learned from fools and from sages,
You know it’s true,
All these things they do come back to you.
Sing with me today,
For tomorrow the good Lord will take you away.
Dream on, dream on,
Until all your dreams come true.”
(Aerosmith, 1976 and Gar, 2016)
“It might have been”, unfortunately, describes a lot of our lives….growing old and ruminating over a life of unfulfilled dreams because of any number of reasons:
a) Financially challenged,
b) Not grabbing the personal or biz opportunities at the time when you were young, and had the energy, resources, and time,
c) Family priorities (i.e. the birth of your kids),
d) Education – not getting the best, the right, ‘expensive’ higher education,
e) Coming from a broken home,
f) Marginalization” – ‘excluded’ from an opportunity because of the color of your skin, your race, nationality, religion, gender, because you’re gay, or “Differently-Abled”, physically or mentally
g) Perhaps because of substance or alcohol abuse, h) A lack of self-confidence,
i) suffering from bipolar II disorder coupled with a state of mental paralysis
j) Inadequate moral or support system at home,
k) and last but not least, negative peer pressure!
You know, it’s never too late to reach to the top, to self-actualize your innermost dreams that you’ve had swimming around, pushed down, in your head, since you were a young kid, green behind the ears.
As Yogi said, “The game’s not over until it’s over and the fat lady sings!”
Whether you just turned 21 or 41, just reached 65 or 85, or even 101, and you’re feeling old, it’s no matter……..it’s all in your head, it’s all in your attitude, and which set of lenses you’re using to see your life…….Through looking thru ‘watching’ through your life’s rear view mirror or seeing straight ahead through the eye of the tiger?
I know aging sucks but……..
AGE IS JUST A NUMBER……..
IT’S JUST A STATE OF MIND!
* Keep your emotions in check,
* Always feel, “IN L.O.V.E.
* Keep the mantra……..
“MAY I STAY FOREVER YOUNG!”
The most successful people are those who have RE-INVENTED themselves, experienced failure over and over again, yet, despite this, remained……..
True to themselves,
Always Keeping The Eye of The Tiger!
And in spite of a perception by others that the odds were not in their favor…..
KEEP THE FAITH AND KNOW IT, BREATHE IT, FEEL IT, BE IT……..
“THE ODDS ARE ALWAYS IN YOUR FAVOR!”
It’s more than anything else…
* Your State Of Mind
* A Never Give-Up” Attitude!
* ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING!
Even when things look the darkest…
“What Goes Down, Must Come Up!”
No matter your numerical age, your self-perceived disadvantage!
I CALL IT:
“LIVING LIFE THROUGH YOUR INTUITIVE HEART INSTEAD OF THROUGH YOUR (E.F.T.) BRAIN AND ALLOWING YOURSELF TO BE PULLED AROUND INSTEAD OF LEADING NEW GROUND!”
Tried, failed, succeeded, tried, failed, succeeded, alas, success….no matter how old they were and no matter how many naysayers said, “Give it up, you’re way too old, just sit out your remaining years and leave innovation and new ideas and new inventions to the younger population”, these brave, courageous “seniors” pushed on through, undaunted!
I listed a few models of inspiration that refuted the naysayers:
- Julia Childs – American author, chef, television personality, who brought French cuisine to the American public – her career jumpstarted and 50.
- Elizabeth Jolley – Critically acclaimed Australian novelist, wrote extensively about alienation, loneliness, abandonment, entrapment – first book published 53.
- Mary Wesley – One of England’s most famous novelists, selling 3 million copies of her novels, including 10 bestsellers – her first bestseller at 71 years old.
- Harlan Sanders – “Colonel Sanders”, founded the fast food restaurant chain, Kentucky Fried Chicken, opened his first franchise when he was 62 years old.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder – a 19th century American author, ancestor to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and to the original Mayflower family, that sailed to America in 1620.
Grew up in a log cabin, in the 1800s, in Kansas and Wisconsin, and wrote, “Little House on the Prairie” children’s novel series when she was 65 years old, that became a hit TV series for almost 20 years, starring Michael Landon.
- Anna Mary Robertson Moses – “Grandma Moses” – Acclaimed American folk artist, began painting diligently and passionately, at the youthful age of 78 years!
- A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada – founded International Society for Krishna Consciousness – aka “Hare Krishna Movement”, ISKCON, at the age of 70 years old.
- Edmond Hoyle – A 19th-century Brit, wrote the rules of card games, derivation of the expression, “According to Hoyle.”
Born in 1672, and at the old age of 69.
(Note that 69 was very, very old in early 18th century England, where the average life expectancy, at the time, was about 35 to 40 years old).
- Jack Cover – in 1970, Jack Cover, a nuclear physicist, at the age of 50, invented the electroshock weapon, the Taser gun with a purpose of incapacitating assailants without killing them.
- Ronald Reagan – Raised in a poor family in Illinois, at 55 years of age, he ran for public office for the first time, and won as governor of California. Sixteen days shy of his 70th birthday, Ronald Reagan was sworn in as the 40th president of United States, the oldest President in U.S. history.
- Jack Lalanne – At 51, Jack Lalanne beat the then, 21 year old Arnold Schwarzenegger to a fitness contest, and won. Jack Lalanne was an American fitness, exercise, and nutritional expert who’s called “The godfather of fitness!” He believed that America’s overall health, the overall health of America, was contingent on the physical culture and nutrition was the salvation of America. He publicly promoted the health benefits of regular daily exercise and good nutrition. Jack Lalanne died in 2011 at the age of 96, unfortunately, developed pneumonia, yet was still in the physical shape of a 50 year old!
Peace, Grace, Love, and Namasgar,