Like giving birth, no one wants to tell you what old(er) age is like.
Then boom, you are experiencing it, wondering," Why didn't anyone TELL/WARN me?"
I know no one wants to talk about this. I think we should force ourselves to.
I have a theory about what causes old age.
Maybe its the same for every person …
Dare we discuss it?
Shall we tell/warn the Youth?
Probably definitely not.
Now where did I stash my darn surf board ...
Becoming old is a fact of life. It cannot be escaped unless we die young. However, becoming older is what we make of it. Some approach and see old age as the end and adopt the attitude that all is lost and what might have been while others see old age as a continuing evolution of life and act accordingly!
I like what you have to say here and this woman seems to know how to make the best of her assets.
But what are we actually dealing with in isolating the difficulty?
She has assets. How does she maintain/achieve them?
What is she actually fighting against?
While some give up, (why? based on what?) others refuse. I see them on the beaches in Ventura where old and young, boys girls, women and men are enjoying the sand and the ocean. Grandfathers are having fun with their grandkids as they body surf, boogie board or surf. And Grandmothers in bikinis join their grandkids from jogging and playing frisbee to wind surfing and kayaking. What has enabled these older folks to rise victorious ...
and against what enemy?
" Growing older " is an inevitable process related to our physical bodies- they are earthly. Everyone has to consider it seriously - the sooner the better. Wise will do research, thorough study own physical condition and set a rigorous plan mentally / spiritually plant toward the end of earthly journey. A 120 years has been mention by the Creator in anger when corruption of that time population became disgusting to God himself. Despise the 'limitation' , as we read after that proclamation many " righteous" have lived long past 120. What is the catch? Either choice or decision what do "I" want? Do " I " want to be healthy, happy , active, productive, living long, and how long. Those of us who catch the idea on time and find our way to the " beginning of wisdom" we have chance by disciplined lifestyle, follow the rules walking with the Master. As a first step, we have to be carefully of our tongue what are we talking, then to our ears what are we listening to. Some might suggest " positive" yes and never contradict or being in agreement with the others negative- disagreeable with the Word. Practically , in my case at the age of 29 I have realized how fast time is flying and some friends of my age group spoke of thirties '' getting old..." My derision was not to pass 29. Next my birthday I was celebrating 29th again. Not only confession but living in every possible detail... At the time our oldest son has reach 29 we had some discussion and comparison concerning our choices.... Now, 120 isn't that distant number at 2/3 of it being alive and healthy, in full production capacity, eating right, drinking right, exercising regularly, carefully choosing proper vocabulary, and leaving the company when conversation displeases the inner man.
There might be more unknown secrest to the "longevity" in the body, my knowledge is limited; I do not know for how many more years my heavenly Father will leave me here, for that reason I am thanking Him every day that he will vake me up tomorrow with continuing blessing...
… well, as a favor/service to the Youth here is what I have to tell them:
Do not take your Youth/youngness for granted. Ever, not even a second.
Let's say the Bible is correct and God did plan for us to live to be 120. (It says that somewhere.)
Most do not live to be that age, but recently a woman, whom Obama had made a point to meet, died at 110. Maybe we will eventually figure out how to live to, at least, 120.
If 120 is our intended life span, it would seem that 60 is the halfway point. From birth to 60 the cells in the body are building, growing and replenishing, living grandly and vibrantly. Sleep is required for this rebuilding, repairing and re renewing. And check it out: In youth, the sleep mechanism in the brain works beautifully.
I have a dog who is 16 in human years, (92 in dog years,) and is still young and happy like a puppy. Her white coat is beautiful and her eyes still sparkle. Her secret?
She sleeps a lot to this very day.
While that seems like a simple explanation there is more to it. Much more.
And the question to be answered is this:
What enables sleep … especially after 60?
< "I do not know for how many more years my heavenly Father will leave me here,
for that reason I am thanking Him every day
that he will wake me up tomorrow
with continuing blessings…">
Why are my posting privileges being blocked?
following comment has been blocked by the Team : Stop it Kathryn, please.Those are most damaging words one should ever hear "drives me crazy." Do not think of death. Think life. Think of life. The Life. Don't you know that because of believing in Jesu have passed from death to life ?! I did. The physical death for God's child is total freedom, no more earthly struggle, no more flesh related problems. The separation moment called "Death" to us means GOING HOME. HOME.
It is a natural affliction for the youth to consider themselves immortal , you cannot change them although living LIFE will ! It is also natural apparently , for the aged to want to reverse the inevitable . For me we're born , we live and we will die of old age , IF we are lucky .
I agree: "we will die of old age , IF we are lucky ."
If we are not lucky we will die in young age.
I wouldn't mind if I live to be 120 years old, IF I am perfectly healthy.
Do we have this kind of control over these bodies? If not, why not?
Kathryn, there are several factors contributing to living longer into the "old age" ( whatever it means) but 'luck' isn't one of them. In my thus far fairly long life on this planet, dozens of my childhood friends gone -' died' too prematurely as I positively know, by their own choice. See, it depends of ' perfect' lifestyle , following the principles given us by the Creator. If one is carefully reading the manual given by the caring Father, will have desire to apply everything making him happy, healthy and prosperous. The people I know, they choose different " 'pleasure ' of the flesh, ( even less popular this generation knows and is dying from.) There isn't " good luck " or "bad luck" to be alcoholic, addicted to a drug, sex-perversion, living in immorality, being lazy, cheating, steeling , killing and such.) Simply it is a choice of self-destruction where the enemy of life and prosperity rewards the people with shorter miserable life span. Obviously " we do have control over these bodies." You might recall, earlier I have pointed on controlling what we listen to and our own words we say ,"Death and life are in power of tongue , and he that loves it will eat from its fruit."
Well, lets just say you continue living a "perfect" and moral life doing all you say. Guess what? You will eventually die of old age.
I just wonder what that process is. Consider an orange. The longer it sits, the harder its skin becomes, the more wrinkled and dry … the smaller it gets and the harder it gets.
Are human bodies like oranges over a destined period of time?
Again I ask,
Obviously not. Oranges are oranges, human bodies are 'living thing' indwelling by the soul and the spirit for whose 'maintenance ' each of us is responsible to keep it beautiful, healthy and vigorous. In my native language we have this saying " in a healthy body healthy spirit." Though the body is created of earthly components, originally meant to live forever. The book of Genesis is reporting humans living very long- since - for among many others reasons, they didnt know how to die. Period. (Not a matter of debate, because there isn't another conclusion , and arguments are unproductive.) It happened after period of time the Creator set a limit because of ' wickedness of man on the earth and every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time...' No, it is not only that, that from the "heart" came only evil, it was corrupted unhealthy (?) lifestyle bringin body ''eventually die of old age." A science won't tell us, the theology doesn't goes that far to explain that after the ''fall" - man's breaking trust with the Creator- the 'sin' brought into the flesh slowly working deteriotion , which by the Creator's design the body cells renew themselves within eacvh 7-10 years, if we do insist on ' renewing by following the principles of living healty .(Whatever it means.) I only know a little of medical science, by studying my body to keep it in best health possible. And "gues what?!" as you say we will eventually die of "old age"... When time comes it will be in dignity and a happy ocasion to say goodbye to the famly and friends and to the "old good body."
<"There might be more unknown secrets to the "longevity" in the body,"> M.M.
This is what I wanted to brainstorm.
Agree, there are more unknown secrets to the longevity in the body...
I believe that it is the attitude that we allow ourselves Kathryn , You are a happy and vibrant soul ! U will live long and gorgeously!
I strangely just came across this book in my book case: The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, Edited by Edward Mac Curdy
Chapter on Anatomy:
"Veins which by the thickening of their tunicles in the old restrict the passage of blood, and by this lack of nourishment destroy their life without any fever, the old coming to fail little by little in slow death and this happens through lack of exercise since the blood is not warmed." Leonardo Da Vinci. 1452-1519
"I have found in the decrepit how the vein which proceeds from the door of the liver crosses behind the stomach and ramifies in the spleen, as this ramification, the veins in the young, being straight and full of blood, and in the old they are twisted, flattened, wrinkled, and emptied of blood." Leonardo Da Vinci, (page 135.)
"The colon in the old becomes as slender a the middle finger of the hand, and in the young, it is equal to the maximum breadth of the arm."
"And thus the liver which in youth is usually of a deep colour and of uniform consistency, in the old is pale, without any redness of blood, and the veins stay empty amidst the substance of this liver, which substance may be likened for its thin texture to bran steeped in a small quantity of water, and so readily disintegrating on being washed, leaving the veins that ramify within it freed from all the substance of the liver." (Page 135)
Perhaps exercise and allowing the blood to flow about the body is very vital to long *life* …
Naps may be good too.
"... some research suggests that instead of fretting about napping more as we get older, we should plan on adding daytime sleep to our schedule as a way to make up for the normal, age-related decay in the quality of our nighttime sleep."
http://www.health.harvard.edu/newslette … ch-a-no-no
Often research's results are limited, not covering every singular need: As we advance in maturity, our working habit along with eating habit chafes and is subjected to a thorough study of "my" body... It took me by surprise when in four quarter of my lifestyle my body called for a nap occasionally. Medical science is giving ample information sound reason to that ; it is in the package of privileges for older bodies. A commonsense again?
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