Growing old: And Accepting It

@limlobin (103)
Philippines
July 16, 2010 10:01am CST
I hate to admit it, but I'm growing older. I see and feel myself getting older, and no matter how much I tried to deny it, I know I'm growing old. It's one of the fact that everybody will face (if they are lucky). At an age of 29, not very old as many thinks, I deemed I'm growing older each day. There are many things that I find difficult to do, worse couldn't do anymore. It's now hard for me to climb a stair up to 6 floors (at my previous office) without breaking a sweat, nor it is easy for me to climb a scaffoldings from the side of a building. Now I can't finish a 50km marathon, which 5 years ago was quite easy for me. Though I got to admit I become less physically active for 3 years now. Most of the time I'm just seating, in a meeting, designing, planning, or creating a proposal. Not much physical work... But it is not just the physical aspect of life that I discern of growing old. In my psyche, I can fathom that I'm older. I'm a lot less impulsive as before, nor I am dangerously risky. A few years back, I could drive normally at 120kph to 150kph, heck I could go beyond 180kph at a whim. These days, I am disheartened to go beyond 100kph. I also ride big sports bike then, from 400cc to 1000cc and race them. Now riding a 125cc bike unnerves me. Yeah, it may be daunting to grow old. Nevertheless, there's no escaping it as long as I live. So rather than sulking about it, I prefer to look at it as a challenge. Getting more physically active again. And perhaps enjoying more life in a slow smooth way than rushing things around. Growing older made me think that I should savor each moment more deeply. And with acceptance, I am very grateful for the chance of growing old. Cheers to all! Memento Mori. ^_^
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@tundeemma (895)
• South Africa
17 Jul 10
i think growing old is one of the greatest challenges all humans will have to cope with, it is a terrible thing to deal with but everyone seems to be helpless on this one , i hope someday God himself will put an end to this unexplainable phenomenon
• United States
17 Jul 10
When we die, our souls go to be with the Lord, and with our new heavenly bodies we will be young forever! I think, I guess we have to die to find out! take care idtrebor
@limlobin (103)
• Philippines
19 Jul 10
I am in total accord with you there idtrebor. I strongly believe that when we die and by the grace of the Lord we shall have a new heavenly body that will be young forever. Free from sins, suffering, and sickness. Tundeemma,I know and feel it too that aging is one of the toughest fact we need to brave greatly. I think aging is God's disciplinary action for our erring nature, and it also serves as a passage through time for us to learn. Try not worry (I'm trying to stop my worries too), and have faith that God will keep His promise and conclude this trial by His Grace.
@idtrebor (53)
• United States
17 Jul 10
Hi limlobin, Gosh, at 29 you are still young! I'm 63, and I have worked out with weights since high school, and still do, light weight, 2 to 3 times a week, the key is to keep your muscles in tone, you will look and stay younger. Ston saying your getting old, and no energy. You will speed it up! You need to think young, say to yourself I am young and healthy, everytime you think old. get it out of your mind! We do change, but if you have your health you have it all..so think young! take care idtrebor
@limlobin (103)
• Philippines
19 Jul 10
Hi idtrebor! Thank you for your inspirational advice. Recently, I started back exercising a bit and it's quite hard to reembark getting physically active again. But doing better each day. God Bless.
• United States
19 Jul 10
Hi limlobin Thanks, remember, keep your muscles firm, and you will look younger while your friends get older looking, and don't get that flabby belly.. You don't have to over do it either, a little every other day.. take care, God Bless idtrebor
@LadyMarissa (12150)
• United States
16 Jul 10
OMG, you're way too young to feel so dayum old!!! We were ALL put here to grow older & then die. I'm not sure why we fight it so hard!!! It sounds to me like you just need to become active again. I'm 60 & overweight & I can still climb 6 flights of stairs. Your wisdom to no longer drive too fast is just that...wisdom NOT old age!!! I can't ride the bike as far as you can; but then again, I NEVER tried so I'm not in shape to do it!!! You've got a long time BEFORE you really become old; but time goes by fast & YES you should cherish EVERY moment!!! Don't give up too easily & cherish EVERY moment you have!!! By the time you actually get old, maybe you will have the wisdom to appreciate it!!! Staying active & taking care of yourself will help make old age MUCH MORE comfortable!!!!
@limlobin (103)
• Philippines
17 Jul 10
Wow! You could still climb 6 flight of stairs at your age. I guess I need to get physically active again soon. Yes, wisdom sways me to drive more carefully. But I also believe that wisdom comes with old age. Or at least that is more evident, younger persons tend to be less wise than a person of age. Thank you for your encouragement, I do cherish every moment more now. I'll look forward to growing old. God Bless.
• India
16 Jul 10
i think though we become old but there are many factors which makes us to feel that we are old ... first and the main thing is experience!!!! experience makes some thing to not to do it!!!!
@limlobin (103)
• Philippines
17 Jul 10
Agree. I believe that experience gives us more wisdom to know what we should do and what we shouldn't.
@cher913 (25837)
• Canada
17 Jul 10
i think you can choose to be upset with your age or embrace it, i choose to embrace it!