Opinion Topic: Age - A Number, or A State of Mind?

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Age.

With each day that passes, our bodies face a slow and steady decline. It doesn't happen overnight, but rather over a period of time. Many of us are familiar with the infamous cliche's in regards to aging. "You're only as old as your feel." "Age ain't nothing but a number" etc.

As I've progressed in age and wisdom during my time here on this Earth, I've noticed a constant - at least from people that I'm around. Age as a number itself is a very important factor to them. However, it never really dawned on me how important to others age number wise, and age body wise until recently. Okay okay - I know you're probably already tired of me beating around the bush on this topic, so I'm bout to air out what I mean.

Turning Another Year Older.

Last month(March), I celebrated my 32nd year on this planet. Now depending on what type of person you are, you may become excited whenever your birthday rolls around. On the flip side, you have some people, who oddly enough in my opinion, hate to see their birthdays come. The thought of turning a year older scares many people. I really don't get this, especially since you can't do anything to change it.

As far as my own view on birthdays, I always enjoy my birthdays - but I don't see them as anything special like I once did when I was younger. It's kinda like Christmas in a way; You enjoy it more when you're a kid but as you become older, you realize the true meaning of it. Therefore, you view it as just another day. Not speaking for everyone, but that's my view on that. Okay, back to the topic. So my birthday was last month, and all I heard from people was; "Dang man you're old", "You're getting old" etc. Uh yea, but no.

The way some of these people were talking, you would think that I was turning 100. What was even more amazing to me was the fact the the majority of the people saying these things were either a few years older than me, or around my age. Now lets analyze this. So if turning 32 makes a person old, what does that make a person turning lets say, 60? Ancient? All of this talk kinda got to me a bit, and I found myself wanting to be away from people harping on how they're so old, despite the fact that they haven't even made it to 50 yet.


You're Only As Old As You Feel?

I know and recognize that it's impossible to beat or turn back the clock. We're all going to become older in age, mind, and body if we continue to live. However, I personally view age as a state of mind, rather than just a number. Now before you ask how is that possible, allow me to explain my reasoning for feeling this way.

Although I'm 32 years old, people that don't know my age believe that I'm in my 20's. As a matter of fact, I took a trip to a casino on my birthday, and was carded by a security guard. He couldn't believe that I was even in my 30's. I used to get frustrated at the thought of getting carded, but I've learned to view it as a compliment.

Some people have naturally good genes, but you'd be surprised at how little things can keep you looking younger than what you are. Regular exercise, staying away from alcohol and smoking, and a good night's rest are invaluable. Oh yea, there is another thing called 'stress' that can take it's toll on you. Although it can be hard not to stress in these difficult times we're facing, it's important not to let it tear you down completely.

I live by the saying "You're only as old as you feel." That is honestly one of my favorite slogans. I feel like this; If you feel like you're old, then you're probably going to act and feel that way. If you feel like you're not old, then your mind and actions will convey that as well. There are people out there in their 70's and 80's, who are able to run marathons, or walk for longer periods of time than people younger than they are.

As a matter of fact, I recently read about a man who was 101 years old, and ran a 10K race. I'm 70 years his youth, and I've yet to run a 10K. There are people out there who don't let age as number stop them from doing the things they want later on in their lives. However, we have people in their 20's and 30's acting as if life is completely over for themselves. All of this because you're listening to what society and other people are telling you? I don't want that to be me.

Final Thoughts.

In my personal opinion, age as a number isn't what makes you wiser. I feel that circumstances and situations that we're put in, and how we react to them are what make us wiser. For example, there are people out there who are in their teens that are probably wiser than some of us. Maybe they came from a rough background, or had to grow up at a young age. The fact remains that we're never too old to learn from someone younger than we are, so it's important to listen.

Although I'm against age as a number, I won't count out that there are instances where age does matter in life. I think that most of you already know what I mean, so there is no need to delve into that. Now that I've gotten all of that out, I would love to see what others think in regards to aging and getting older. All ideas, feedback, and viewpoints are welcome. Thanks for reading.

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janshares 3 years ago from Washington, DC

Hey prospectboy. Funny, I just updated my hub about women celebrating birthdays and getting older. I went to my feed page and there you were! Great timing and great hub. Your points are good, some similar to mine about circumstances making us wiser and how society impacts our perceptions about aging. Thanks for this. Up and useful.


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hawaiianodysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

Hi, Brad!

You're blessed in looking young as well as thinking young. Good for you. Happy belated 32nd, by the way! God bless you with many more!

I'm going on 61 (July 27), and I tell you, my mind's a lot younger than that number. Truthfully, I feel more aches and pains than I did decades ago, but human beings rust just like cars do. Oxidation knows no boundaries, right? Point being--I don't waste my time worrying about something I can't change...just like you adeptly pointed out in your terrific hub and in accordance with the serenity prayer. I like your maturity and your open perspective. Above all, the respectful way you treat others tells me that one or both of your parents raised you well. It's always a delight to engage in social exchange with you because of your respect for self and others. Thanks, my friend! Keep crankin' these great articles out!

My best to you!

Joe

PS If I've erred in calling you by a shortened version of your name, please, by all means, let me know. Thanks, my friend!


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gmwilliams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Great and excellent hub. I also have written hubs regarding aging and the aging experience. Age is both components -chronological and attitudinal. There are ageless sagers while there are old acting young people.


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Annette Hendley 3 years ago from London, United Kingdom

It is a state of mind. It depends on who and what you surround yourself with.


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas Author

@janshares, Hey there friend. Thanks a lot for stopping by. Glad you found my hub, and that you think my points are good. I know that if I have your approval, then I must have made some decent ones. I'm going to have to read your hub on this topic, and I'll be sure to leave you some feedback like you did for me. Thank you very much :)


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas Author

@hawaiianodysseus, Hey there my good friend Joe. I always appreciate your thoughts. Thank you very much for the belated birthday wishes as well. You definitely don't look like you're approaching 61 in my opinion. It's clearly obvious that you've taken good care of yourself, and have aged really well.

I can relate to what you mean in regards to aches and pains. Even at 32, I notice changes in my body from years ago. For example, I used to be able to comfortably run a mile in about 8 and a half minutes. However, my miles times are like a minute or so slower now. My mind tells me that I can go faster, but my body doesn't respond that way.

The comparison of the human body to cars is a great analogy that you used. I notice that you use a lot great ones in your writing as well. Kudos to you! I also agree wholeheartedly with you about worrying about things that can't be changed. I actually had the serenity prayer in mind while writing this. You're easily one of my favorite 'hubbers'. You always provide amazing and positive feedback, and I appreciate it a lot.

I was raised by my mother and grandmother. Despite not having a solid male figure in my life, they always taught me to be respectful of others. That has carried over in my adult life as well. Just like you, it's always great to engage with you on here. Thanks again my good friend, and continued success to you.

By the way, calling me Brad isn't a problem. Some of my friends already call me that :)


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas Author

@gmwilliams, Thank you very much. I'm going to have to check out some of your hubs on aging. I'm looking forward to seeing your perspective. Thanks again!


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas Author

@Annette Hendley, I agree with you totally, which is why I try to surround myself with people who don't constantly harp on how old they are ie, the people I mentioned in this hub. Thank you for leaving your thoughts :)


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Age has nothing to do with the way one lives, a positive and active lifestyle can be good for anyone so interesting about how some people feel about their ages. Everything one thinks is from a healthy mind how one chooses to live it is entirely up to them


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prospectboy 3 years ago from Texas Author

@DDE, Thank you much ma'am for stopping by. I agree with you totally in your views on age. It all starts with a healthy mind. That's the foundation for good health in general. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this topic.

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