by Gwen Randall-Young – Recently I read an article about futurist, Faith Popcorn. She says that in the future, we will state our age in biological rather than chronological terms. This is a particularly interesting concept, since there is growing evidence that we can influence the aging process in many ways.
We know that those who exercise regularly can have the physical capacity and stamina of someone decades younger. We all know people who ‘think young’, remaining alert, current and tuned in to the world around them. Similarly, there are those who are ‘old’ way before their time, as a result of negative thought patterns and limiting beliefs about themselves. ‘Staying young’ is not so much about ‘looking young’ as it is about maintaining a satisfying quality of life.
If we take care of ourselves, we have more energy and enthusiasm for life, and are likely to become much more involved in the natural or social world. The more involved we are, the more motivation we have to take care of ourselves. It is a positive, upward spiral. Every part of our body/mind, from our muscles to our brains benefit from use, and will atrophy from disuse. We were designed to move, think, learn, love and laugh, and if we keep all of these capabilities engaged, there is no reason to become ‘old’.
It might be a good idea to take a little inventory, and if we are deficient in any of the above areas, let’s rectify that right now. Our thoughts and behaviors today create our future, and it’s up to us to make it a good one.
Gwen Randall-Young is an author and award-winning Psychotherapist. For permission to reprint this article, or to obtain books or cds, visit www.gwen.ca