I AM NOT OLD

During my childhood I always wondered how soon I would grow up and look like a man !

I used to see my young uncle who had strong built body and a big moustache and he became a model to me , I wanted to look exactly like him.

One day, I can remember, I drew a moustache with the help of a black pencil which my elder sister used to use on her eyebrows, looked at myself in the mirror and stood there for sometime.

‘Wow, don’t I look like a Man ?’ I asked my sister. She laughed and said “ You look funny and still a little boy”. I got angry and chased my sister who ran upstairs laughing loudly all the way and asked father for help.

My father listened to everything patiently , smiled and told me that my sister was absolutely right as to what she said. Then he said ‘ Look my son, I was a little boy like you years ago. Stay as you are , your time will also come oneday, you shouldn't be impatient.' My mother told me the same thing and so did my grandfather, uncle and all my elders.

I returned to my room feeling very unhappy , I just wanted to grow up fast !

My grandfather came and sat beside me on the bed. He laughed and tried to cheer me up. And then he said ‘ I wish I were a small boy like you ! ’

I laughed and knew that my Grandpa was kidding.

He looked at me and then said ‘Well then, tell me will you be happy if you are say 60 years old now ?’

‘ No Grandpa I don’t want to be 60 years, I want to be like uncle, 26.’

Years gone by and by the time I attained the age of 26 years I had grown moustache and got myself established in life. I was a ‘Man’ with good physique and I wanted to stay that way.

The fact that on each birthday I became one year older was something which bothered me a lot but then I considered that I would be called an old man when I became 60 years old. But later when I reached the age of 55 years I tried to think that I would be old at 70 years and so on but now at my presentage of 60 years I consider myself still young . Yes my hair is now grey but that does not mean that I have gone old.

I tell others ‘ Look all it depends how you feel, you can be old even at your age of say 25 years'.

Time seems to have flown fast, I am now physically not as strong as I was at the age of 25/26 years but mentally I feel young and I know that one way to keep myself physically fit is to take regular exercise, go for a walk , practice Yoga and keep myself busy and active all day and these things I am doing religiously and I feel fine. Also, most importantly, I try to mix with the young generations and have fun with them. There are some persons of my age who only talk about their past, some of their mistakes and failures and so on which irritate me a lot. This reminds me of a funny incident.

One day I met a gentleman for the first time on the road when I was returning from morning walk. He would be about 70 years. Wanted to know a lot about me from the very beginning - when did I move in this town, where I was before , how I spent my evenings etc etc and when I mentioned that I played badminton in the evening he said ‘ You play badminton at this age ? No No you must not. Running and jumping at this age is very risky . Why not join our ‘ Old Folks Club’ this evening , I can introduce you to many of my friends. We can play cards. ’

The name of the club itself was something which I did not like at all. No, surely I would not enter that Old Folks Club, I said to myself. The gentleman was looking at me awaiting a positive response but somehow I managed to change our conversation to some other important issues. What a relief it was, right at the time when I was about to find ways to escape, two young men, who I knew very well, came and handed over to me an Invitation Card.

‘ Uncle, this evening do please come to our Club, well its your club too. we will make you a member. Anyway, this evening we will all have a real great time, Food and drinks apart we will have Badminton competition and we are sure you will participate'.

I thanked them, promised I would.

The gentleman stood there listening to our conversation and slowly disappeared from there whilst I had good chat with these two young folks. Later in the evening I went to the club and had a very good time.

I try to spend more time with the younger generation, play with them , have fun with them, , hear their plans for the future and their efforts in attaining their goals and their positive attitudes make me feel happy and help me look at the bright side , positive side of life even at my age of 60 years – Yes at 60 years I feel young and this is the way I am. Some people may call me crazy but I don’t care. I would try my best to remain fit and young for many years to come , yes for many years to come.





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Pritam 5 years ago

Its a good one and I have enjoyed. Keep writing Kamalesh.

God Bless you.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Thank you Pritam for your good comment.


Angela 5 years ago

Very interesting and inspiring. Written excellently.

Very well done. All the Very Best Wishes to you.


Zenifa 5 years ago

Very well written. It is something different and indeed so interesting. Best Wishes to you.

Voted Up Beautiful


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Many thanks Zenifa. God Bless.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Angela, thank you very much.


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crystolite 5 years ago from Houston TX

Great ideas that is well shared,thanks for writing.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Thank you so much crystolite.

God Bless you.


Jasmin 5 years ago

Very interesting. Yes, Stay Young Always !

Best Wishes to you.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Thank you for the comment.


Debjyoti 5 years ago

Life is so strange..isn't it?? When we are kids, we want to grow up fast, and when we become young guys, we want to remain like that. But unfortunately, time never waits and we grow old, but we want to defy the law of nature and wanna become young again. But hey, chill...its said life begins at 40, hence youth can never elude us, if we think in that way. Its all in your mind honey...I thoroughly agree with you Kamalesh. Well written, enjoyed it very much...!!:-)


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

@ Debjyoti --Yes life begins at 40, so rightly you have said ! I like your comment and I thank you. God Bless you.


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tomy101 5 years ago from Midland, Texas

Great Article , very rare for me to comment I am now on this day 48 and I was you , I can relate to the growing up story. Its amazing how time flies bye or it can pass us by. Thank You for my birthday ,this made me feel ....normal..


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Tomy 101 - Happy Birthday to you ( A belated one though ). You are young - definitely young and always feel that way. Remember thre is a saying, 'Life starts at 40 ' !

Thank you for the cmment on the story. Very kind of you. Do please read my other hubs if and when time permits.

May God Bless you and grant you a long ife filled with a lot of happiness and peace and make all your dreams come true.

Take care.

- Kamalesh


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PatriciaTL 5 years ago from Lehigh Valley

I enjoyed reading your article. It does seem that, the older we get, the more we focus on aging. I like your attitude!


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

I am grateful for your comment. Thank you for the kind words. Kindly read my other hubs as and when convenient.

May God Bless you.

- Kamalesh


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

It's funny how when we were a child we thought 60 was old. Now that we have reached that grad old age it doesn't seem old to us. Great article.


Dipika Sen 5 years ago

Excellent article. I like your way of thinking and fully agree with your views. I also like your style of writing.

Keep writing and take care. Best of Luck.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

@KoffeeKlatch Gals - Thank you very much for your comment.

I am glad that you have enjoyed the article.

Best Wishes,

Kamalesh


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

@ Dipika Sen - Thank you so much,I feel great and inspired !

Best Wishes,

Kamalesh


Sonali Bhatt 5 years ago

Superb ! I must admire your way of thinking and your writing skill. Keep writing my dear.

God Bless.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Many thanks for your kind words. I am so glad that you have liked the article.

Best Wishes.


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Fiddleman 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

A great piece of writing.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Fiddleman - Thank you so much for your kind words , I feel great !

Best Wishes.


Paramjeet Kaur 5 years ago

Well written article, Great ideas, Enjoyable read.

Very Interesting and Inspiring.

Best Wishes


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Paramjeet Kaur - Thank you very much for all your kind words, I feel great !

Best Wishes.


Natasa 5 years ago

Excellent. Very interesting.

Best Wishes.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Thank you Natasa for your kind words.

Best Wishes,

Kamalesh


Nitish Nandy 5 years ago

I like your thoughts. Very nice hub. You have made me feel young ! I must try to adopt your way of thinking. You have a very positive attitude and this is admiring. Take care.

My Best Wishes to you.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Thank you. I am so glad that you have liked the story.

Best Wishes.


Taher 5 years ago

I like your attitude and have enjoyed the article written beautifully.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Many thanks, I am so glad that you have liked the article.


Timothy Jones 5 years ago

Good article, good thoughts. Your attitude is commendable.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Timothy Jones - Thanks a lot for your comment.

Best5 Wishes.


Rajeev Thakur 5 years ago

This again is a beautiful hub. Your positive thinking and attitude of life are praiseworthy. Stay well my dear friend and remain 'Young' always. Keep up your good work.

All Best Wishes,

Rajeev


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Thank you Rajeev, I am so glad that you have liked the story.

Best Wishes.


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Stardash440 3 years ago from Sharjah U.A.E

I love your story pisho! and yes I love the title and hope that you are not old at all!!!!!;D


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Kamalesh050 3 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Stardash440 : Thank you very much for the comment. I am glad that you like the story.

Trust you are all well. Best Wishes, Kamalesh :)


Deep Rana 3 years ago

Excellent article and I like your attitude.


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Kamalesh050 3 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Deep Rana - I am delighted to have your kind comment. Thanks a lot. Best Wishes, Kamalesh


Christopher Hyer 3 years ago

I can relate to this article as a man of 50 and a youthful mind of a sixteen yr. old. It is so excellent to read what was on my mind while waiting for my car the other day. This piece you wrote, was me talking. Thank You for such a pleasant article, it made me think about age and how some of us may be older we are not old....lol..God Bless You..


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Kamalesh050 3 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Chrisopher Hyer - Thank you for reading and commenting. I am glad that you have liked the article. And I am happy that you feel the same way as I do! Hope and pray that you continue to have your youthful mind and feel Young always. Take care and keep smiling.

May God Bless you and be with you Always.

Kamalesh

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