Whether you are 40 or 60 or 80 or 100, age is just a number. You know that old cliché about being only as young as you feel? How true it is (maybe that's why it became a cliche!). Even a 20-year-old can feel old if he never exercises, never breathes deeply, doesn't eat right, and doesn't live mindfully.
Wise Yogi Tells Us
The National Council on the Aging and the International Longevity Center conducted a survey of 3,000 adults in the United States, called Myths and Realities of Aging 2000. The survey found that most Americans would be happy if they lived to be 90, and 44 percent of respondents described the present as the best years of their lives—a 32 percent increase over results from the 1974 survey. The survey also revealed that most Americans favor spending more money rather than less on older people; that older people are less worried about their health, finances, and the threat of crime than they were 25 years ago; and that in the minds of many, old age begins with declining physical or mental ability, not with the arrival of a specific age.
Much of what we become is a matter of habit. We get out of the habit of exercising, or eating right, or paying attention, and slowly it becomes part of our lives. The great thing is that it works the other way, too. The more we get in the habit of moving;
eating well; paying attention; and living with purpose, compassion, and spirit, the better our lives will become.
So you say you are too old to be this or that? So what? The world is full of possibilities, opportunities, and joy. If you can't do one thing, do something else. Everyone, at any age, is limited by certain factors in life. Don't let your limits stop you. Let your abilities get you started and keep you going. Open your breath, lengthen your spine, open your chest, expand your mind.
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