How old are you?

I am not asking about your chronological age (measured from birth to present) but about your biological age.

“Your Biological Age is different from your Chronological age because it includes the speed at which a person is aging.

geezerI am wondering about this because the other day I went for my annual flu shot and I encountered more elderly citizens that day than I usually do in a six months period. The clinic looked like a geezer’s convention minus the “escort” girls.
I spent at least twenty uncomfortable minutes surrounded by a bunch of old (at least looking old) people and I started to reflect on that.
Do I look like them? Do I walk like them? Am I (shudder) one of them?

“O horror, horror, horror! Tongue nor heart
Cannot conceive nor name thee!” 

I am not afraid to say it; I am prejudiced. I am prejudiced (among many other things) against boring people, and unfortunately many older folks are.

It is when you lose touch with what’s happening around you that you become boring. Failing to keep interested in politics, finance, technology or sex will make you a dull, uninteresting person.
Then, in a conversation, what else could you talk about besides your blood pressure and your prescriptions drugs?

And you don’t have to be old to be that way.
Some people at 50 look older than some septuagenarians and they are of course excruciatingly boring. In other words, to be given a wide berth.

Ageing is due to many factors, but to slow down that process you need a fair amount of physical activity and mental gymnastic. You need to stimulate your neurons to keep them humming along.

And above all, you need a good sense of humor.

“It took me fifteen years to discover that I had no talent for writing, but I couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous.”  Robert Benchley

It is said that humorless people die young and it is a scientific fact that dead people seldom laugh.

george-burns-09Famed vaudevillian George Burns who lived to be 100 never lost it. He continued to work and be amusing until his demise.

The age you feel often determines your life’s outlook and your attitude.
If you feel old, you will act old.

But if there is a spring in your step, a bounce in your mind and if you still ogle the girls, you are on the right track.
You are not old; you are a valuable collector’s item.

Alain

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One thought on “How old are you?”

  1. I am not young but I feel young. The day I feel old, I will go to bed and stay there. J’aime la vie! I feel that to live is a wonderful thing.

    Coco Chanel

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