Daily Prompt: Young At Heart by Krista on March 22, 2014
What are your thoughts on aging? How will you stay young at heart as you get older?
My thoughts about aging have very little to do with mitosis. Assuming that I’m not hit by a bus, smashed to bits by a subway train or devoured by a grizzly bear or grizzly disease, my body will eventually get old all by itself. Hopefully my aging process will continue as it has done so throughout all of my previous years of life thus far — incrementally and will out great notice (save the day I discovered the starts of hair under my arms and between my legs — certainly not incremental!) .
Of course, I will put forth the effort to eat a healthy diet and exercise. It would help if I got more sleep, but, well… a healthy diet and exercise is a collective good step. Aside from death, a coma or vegetative state, if there were some abrupt change to my body or health, I would adapt and move on. It would be a struggle, but I would move on. (I should note that in that struggle I would add steady diet of watching as much Three Stooges, Marx Brothers, Chaplin, Looney Tunes, Benny Hill, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Kroll Show as much as possible.)
Age comes with wisdom — usually. I can safely say that I am wiser than I was twenty years ago. But I am far from being as wise as my elders. So I maintain my status as a student of life and continue learning.
What does get me down the most is people who are stupid, apathetic and self-absorbed. Yes, I now that these are qualities that humans have exhibited for millennia. But as I get older, I see more and more how disconnected many (not all) people are from their feelings. This disconnect causes them to be unaware of how their actions affect the people around them — family, friends, strangers.
I didn’t see so much of this disrespect when I was younger. I figured that people older than me just knew better because, well, they were older so that meant they knew better. Boy was I stupid.
The insensitivity of others brings me down, makes me feel old. To counteract such lethargy, I imagine various ways of schooling these offenders in public. At some point during my aging process, I will start realizing my imaginings.
Actually, now that I think of it, as I get older, what will really keep me young at heart is wearing a red nose.