“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” Betty Friedan
We directly relate life to aging. Many fear to get old since they view old age as a sign of retirement, missed opportunities, elapsing time, and transition from this life only to mention a few. However, some appreciate the process of aging, accepting it as a part of life and enjoying the process, the journey of the present moment understanding that every moment is an end in itself and old age, just a part of the process same as birth is.
A wise man told me something interesting about life in regards to age. According to him, we begin to age the moment we are born. What happens over the years depends on how you live your life. We either delay the aging process or wait for it to arrive. Almost like a paradox, the more you use the body for good, for example, healthy activities of exercise, good eating habits, and rest. The more you enhance the life of the body and vice versa.
“Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.” Eleanor Roosevelt
When we are children, we produce millions of more cells than when we grow older, and the number grows smaller the older we get. A time comes when the number of cells that are dying is more than the new cells produced, this is old age or a gradual process of aging. But they say it is not how old we get, but rather how old we feel.
The aging process can be graceful and serene or scary, depending on perspective. I think it is a beautiful journey if you allow it to be. We have many experiences some good others painful, but they all help steer us towards growth. We collect memories and vast knowledge. We are privileged to live in a beautiful world and get a chance to contribute to its beauty in the little acts of kindness and love towards everyone and everything. Enjoy the process of aging, by being present from moment to moment, and maybe you will be able to capture the many hidden magical moments that we let pass us unnoticed. Remember to live and be joyful.
“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” George Bernard.
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