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Do You Feel Your Age?

Friday, May 26, 2017

Do you feel the age you are? Or will you always be a teenager at heart?

I am 62. I cannot say that I feel my age. There are physical changes. If I become ill, it often takes longer to recover. However, I am not ill as often as I was in earlier years. My immune system has been boosted by my daily exercise. My muscles in my legs, glutes, etc. are much stronger due to exercise. I have had injuries. Yet I have overcome them.

My mental age seems younger than my years. I feel younger than my age. This is an advantage for me. My mother would never have gone to a gym. She did gardening. She enjoyed that. However, her body showed her age at 62. She died at this age. I know that cancer can invade anyone's body, as it did hers. I remember before the cancer she would look in the mirror and say I look like an old lady and yet I feel younger. I now know exactly how it is for people as they age. It is probably worse for women.

But for me, I refuse to allow age to make me feel differently.

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  • MOM1014
    It depends on the day. But I agree age is not a limitation. I wouldn't be on SP if I didn't think
    all this work to get healthier was a dream. I've been on here almost 10 years have had many health problems but still feel pretty fit despite it . I was surprised in April to wake up and find I was 80. Well heck it just sneaked up on me. So you are right on Linda. Age is not a condition it is the number of years
    we are allowed to be here and what we do with them is important. (BTW I do ache when I forget I am
    not a teeny bopper). Good blog Linda!
    1084 days ago
    Hi My Motivational Members Buddy, I agree.
    1089 days ago
  • BLUEJAY1969
    In my mind I am young and free! My body often feels older than it is due to medical issues but I don't let that get in the way of acting the way my mind feels as often as I can! My DH and I often joke that we are going through our second childhoods and having way more fun than we did the first time!
    1090 days ago
    emoticon I feel old! my body hurts today! I'm only a couple years younger than you.
    1091 days ago
    Interesting question. With the big 70 only a few weeks away it's hard not to feel the changes.
    Sometimes I catch sight of my reflection and think "who is that old lady?" I still feel like the sweet young thing I once was.

    I decided that I look better in dimmer light
    I photograph better with old cameras that don't have as many pixels, so less resolution
    and finally I keep running
    Then nobody gets a clear look at my flaws.
    LOL, yeah, I'm kidding.

    It's not so bad, as they say, considering the alternative.

    1093 days ago
  • SHERRY666
    1094 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    Yes and no. I don't aspire to being an athlete now, but I think I can do more than many of my peers. But I also sometimes think I look more sprightly than I actually do, if I go by youtube videos of me dancing!
    1094 days ago
  • LIS193
    Age is only a number.. if you didn't know your birthday, how old would you think you are??
    Like you I feel younger than I am. I will be 55 next month (yikes!) but I am fitter, stronger and leaner than was in my 30's and 40's. I feel so much better too. Ok, the face and neck may show some "wear and tear" but the rest is holding up pretty good :)
    1094 days ago
    I feel the same way. I'm 45 and I don't feel like it at all. I knock on wood because I have never had any health problems, never broke any bone and have perfect vision. So, I'm doing good so far.
    1094 days ago
    With me its a case of "the mind is willing, but the flesh is weak"
    Cheers emoticon
    1094 days ago
    I'm in my 40s, but people tell me I look like I'm in my early 20s. Which is cool.
    1094 days ago
    Interesting question.
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    It's great you are doing so well with exercise. I agree it helps boost your immunity. I also understand how it is reflect about your Mom. I'm past the age now where my mother died too, and it gave me some time for reflection.

    I had to grow up fast, so even as a kid, I felt older than my age and had lots of responsibilities by the time I was a teenager. I basically "raised myself" through my teen years. As an adult, because I never had children, I don't tend to notice the years going by like people with children do (when they see their kids' milestones, like grades in school, graduating, weddings, etc.). So, I sort of feel like I'm still in my 30s...though I'm in my 50s. Sometimes when I think of how the world has changed, I feel old. And sometimes my body reminds me how I've aged too. But overall, I don't feel a lot different than 20 years ago. Also, kind of funny...I started getting gray hair when I was 20. I never dyed my hair, so now that I'm 50 and gray, I don't look a lot different than I did at 30...hehe. I was so used to the gray when I was young, I don't associate the gray with being old, I guess, and many people tell me they like my gray hair.

    One thing that makes me feel young again, is to listen to some music from when I was younger. It puts me back in a young state of mind! And another thing that keeps me young, is that I'm constantly curious about learning new things. I love watching educational shows on TV or reading about history, science, or art. Curiosity keeps you young!
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    1094 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/26/2017 11:22:06 PM
    I am not sure how old I feel. Good question to ponder!
    1094 days ago
    Most of the time I feel much younger than I am. However, it's a different story when I'm sick or just extremely tired.
    1094 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    I've never felt my age and by a lot of comments, don't look it either. I've been blessed as well and thankful that my parents didn't keep junk food in the house nor took us to a lot of fast food establishments. We would have fruit, celery and carrot sticks, as well as boiled shrimp in our frig for snacks. I eat right and exercise which helps quite a bit. I've never been a smoker nor drinker of alcoholic beverages. Thank God for my parents! emoticon The real age test says I'm 10 years younger than what I am. emoticon I've also learned that sometimes, we can let age define us!
    1094 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/26/2017 10:13:30 PM
    I'm 45, but I don't feel 45 in my attitudes or outlook on life. I feel like I'm in my 20's. Physically I feel a little older, but not for long. My training with kettlebells and bodyweight strength training is reversing the damage I've done too myself!
    1094 days ago
    I am 65 have never really thought about it!! To me its just a number! Sometimes i feel ancient and sometimes I feel like a kid again! So its just a number!
    1095 days ago
  • _LINDA
    I am only 54, but feel twenty years older as disease has ravaged my body despite my best efforts to overcome it. I exercise, eat healthy, but do not sleep well due to constant wake ups.. I have health issues much older people get or women who have had children might expect. Its a constant struggle and extremely exhausting. That being said I do not give up easily and I feel young at heart as I have never lost that child like sense of wonder at being in nature and enjoy the simple things in life. I try to live life the fullest I can. Its all you can do.
    My Mom would never go to a gym either, but her huge garden is her gym, she digs new holes for new shrubs, tears up lawn space, moves huge rocks, all with upper body strength only as she has two artificial hips and can't use her foot for leverage on a shovel. She has to put in new soil every year as hers is clay, so moves in a truck load of dirt every spring to keep everything alive. She also cooks, house cleans and does laundry, washing her dog's various bedding more often than her own. She also takes her dog on long hikes. She starts early in the morning, hitting the ground running at 5 am. She is 80 and never had anything more serious than shingles, caught early to prevent major harm when I told her to get to a DR. fast. I doubt I will live to her age, but she inspires me every single day. She has the bone density of a 30 year old. I have bone density so bad in spite of being on bone building drugs, they are worried about me. My stepdad is 86 never exercises other than riding a bike a few blocks to coffee twice a day and spends most of his day falling asleep in front of the computer. He will do a light chore like sweeping up the cement walk and does mow the lawn. Some people are just blessed.
    1095 days ago
    I feel younger than my age-much younger inside, but my body keeps reminding me of my age. I had perfect vision for many years then needed glasses at 40 and every year it gets worse. NOT a big deal at all, but apparently typical for the 40s. Every time I have an issue a doctor tells me it so typical in middle age! But I am still 21 inside!
    1095 days ago
    I am 63 and though I am blessed to enjoy good health compared to what I had before, some days I do feel my age. Not often though. My 21 yr. old DD lives at home so she keeps my spirit young!

    1095 days ago
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