Sunday, December 13, 2015

You're Only As Old As You Feel

Learn How to Think (and Feel) Young Again!

What does a striped Supergirl hoodie have to do with thinking young?  Read on to find out.
What does a striped Supergirl hoodie have to do with thinking young? 
Find out below.

The saying goes this way: "You're only as old as you feel." I like it better this way: "You're only as young as you feel" or, better yet, "You're only as old as you think." Let's talk about ideas to help you think - and feel - young again.

Do you feel old? Perhaps you should try thinking young! Have you forgotten how to think young? Engage your sense of humor and read on. Help is on the way!

The Lady In Pink Is Younger Than You Think

The Lady In Pink Is Younger Than You Think -
Photo is aptly titled "Wisdom"
When I see other old people acting young, it makes me feel young, too.

While I was at the grocery store one day, I saw a white-haired woman doing her shopping. She was obviously a senior citizen, dressed in pink from head to toe, carrying a large, pink-sequined purse. I wanted so much to take her picture. She was genuinely pretty in pink, but what struck me about her was that she must feel a whole lot younger on the inside than she looked to be on the outside. She was dressed like a teenager and probably felt like one, too, even though she appeared to be older than my mother.

Not very many years ago I would have chuckled at this little old lady, thinking that she should act, and dress, her age. Now that I'm older, I finally "get it" about the young-on-the-inside-despite-the-aging-body feeling that it turns out many, perhaps most, baby boomers and senior citizens feel. I would have dismissed her as being slightly eccentric, refusing to grow up. Little would I have known that someday soon, that would be me.

Now, my own body is noticeably aging, my hair graying, skin sagging, joints aching, but my mind doesn't feel any older than it used to. Now, I understand. I'm not senile, not eccentric (well, maybe just a little) and I will continue to wear my college girl hoodies and my colorful Crocs with polka-dot socks just because I like them. I expect that as time goes by some younger people will judge me, but I won't hold that against them. Someday they'll be where I am now, and they'll understand, too.

I wish I would have had time to strike up a conversation with that lady this morning but, as usual, I was in a hurry. I really wanted to get a closer look at her groovy pink shoes.

Photo: "Wisdom" by Deepak Bhatia on Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0

"I am not young enough to know everything."
— Oscar Wilde

Keep Your Brain Young: Read a Book!

Younger Next Year Book for Women - You're Only As Old As You Feel from
Seriously, it's important to exercise your brain and you don't have to be over 50, or even 40, to start.

Reading anything is good exercise for your brain. I chose this bestseller, Younger Next Year for Women: Live Strong, Fit, and Sexy Until You're 80 and Beyond, because of the subject matter (aging without fear or anxiety) and the book's great reviews.

There's a whole series of Younger Next Year books by Chris Crowley and Dr. Henry S. Lodge, with the original book designed for men. Inside you'll find inspirational information to help you look and feel younger and actually live longer. If you need help with exercise as you age, try the Younger Next Year Exercise Program.

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving."
— Albert Einstein

I Heard It My Way

"S" stands for Super Senior!

When our college student son saw me wearing my new black-and-white striped hoodie with the pink Supergirl insignia on the front, he told me I looked like a 19-year-old college girl. He assured me that he likes 19-year-old college girls, so that was a good thing. This middle-aged mom hadn't heard a comment like that in a while so I sucked in my tummy a little bit more, smiled, and enjoyed it!

Later, when I bragged about the remark to my husband, our son said, "Wait a minute. I said that looks like something a 19-year-old college girl would wear. I didn't say that you look like a 19-year-old college girl." I told him I heard what I heard and liked it much better my way. That's my version of the story and I'm sticking with it!

Sometimes, seeing ourselves as we think others see us can be a good thing. As long as there's not a mirror nearby.

"Maybe it's true that life begins at fifty .. But everything else starts to wear out, fall out, or spread out."
— Phyllis Diller

Now it's your turn. Tell me, how old are you feeling these days? How do you stay young? I'd love to read your comments, frustrations, or anti-aging tips!

P.S. Speaking of pink (and we were), I love this shirt!


  1. Garth Brooks tells it this way, "I'm much too young to feel this damn old." Today I feel about 40, tomorrow? Who knows? But I'm aiming for 25! hahaha! Good work, I enjoyed this very much.

    1. Thank you, Nancy! I love your positive attitude about age and aging. You're a wonderful role model, young lady!

  2. I still feel like I'm in my prime. I aim to be vibrant all the days of my life. Would have loved to be in the presence of that lady in pink. She's my kind of alive.

    1. She was awesome, Diana, very inspiring! That was several years ago and I remember her very well and the "vibe" that surrounded her. Love your vibrant spirit, too! <3

  3. I hear you loud and clear! And I love that T-Shirt! My body may some days feel old, but never my mind. In my heart I am young, beautiful, and vibrant as the sun!

    1. Ruth, you truly are young, beautiful, and vibrant as the sun! You're an inspiration!

  4. Of course, us guys (particularly single guys but not exclusively so!) have another saying... "We're only as old as the women we feel".

    I do hope I haven't lowered the tone of this great article of yours Susan, really I do.