Did you know…
There’s a technique for staying young.
It’s a treatment that’s
- As old as the human race
- Completely natural
- 100 percent free
I was shocked
When I was a young boy, my parents taught me always to give up my seat for an older person.
That lady is older than you. Let her have your seat
…my Mum would whisper during our bus ride into town.
I must have been an obedient little boy because I can clearly remember standing up and allowing the little old lady with the heavy shopping bags to take the weight off her feet.
Time moved on, I learned to drive, and for the past 40 years I’ve rarely used public transport.
Public Transport in London
Recently, Christine and I enjoyed a short break in London, and we tried to cram lots into the few days:
- The London Eye
- The View From The Shard
- A few museums
- A Royal Albert Hall Concert
- And lots more
So we used the underground train system (the Tube) quite a lot to get from place to place.
One day, we were travelling on the Tube during the ‘rush hour’, and the train carriage was packed full of people.
We were standing near the doorway.
As the doors were closing, one more chap hopped on board.
“How’s he going to fit in?” I mouthed to Christine.
But the man leant forward to avoid getting his head trapped by the curved door. It was obvious he was used to this routine.
He Gave Up His Seat For Me
Anyway, to try to alleviate the pressure, I shuffled a couple of inches towards a young guy of about 20-years of age, who was sitting down.
But in the cramped environment, I accidentally kicked his foot, causing him to look up.
“Sorry,” I said, apologetically.
“No problem,” he replied.
And then he added, “Would you like to sit down?”
And he tried to stand up.
Two thoughts came immediately to mind:
- How on earth can he stand up in this crowded train?
- Why would he want to stand up for me?
I thanked him, explained why I’d tried to move, and told him we’d be getting off at the next stop anyway.
Thankfully we were able to get off the crowded train. And as we climbed the escalator out of the station, I reflected on the chap’s offer.
His kind gesture was exactly what I used to do as a child when I gave up my seat for older people.
But I’m Not Old!
Surely I don’t look old, do I? (you don’t need to answer that question!).
But age is relative, isn’t it.
To a 20-year-old, 58 is probably ancient.
And maybe I really do need to apply a bit more of that face cream from Boots.
After our London break, I went to help our son saw some tree branches.
We were carrying a log when a jutting branch caught on the gate post, causing the log to jolt to a halt and smash into my hip.
“Hey, if I was 80 years old, I’d probably have broken my hip on that,” I called out.
“Yeah, but you wouldn’t be doing this at 80, would you?”
I thought for a moment before replying: “Actually, I hope I will still be doing this at 80. Age is just a number in your head, isn’t it.”
My theory is this: our bodies may grow older, but our minds must never grow old. If we think young and keep ourselves fit, we’ll remain young.
When we begin to think old, that’s when we really get old.
And I never want to become like that.
So when I reach 80 and you see me on the bus (‘cos I might decide to use my free bus pass occasionally), please don’t feel you need to offer up your seat.
And if you have some logs to be sawn and carried, please feel free to ask for help.
And if I crack a few childish jokes at age 80, you’re still allowed to groan loudly without feeling you have to fake a laugh. A bit like you would do now, really!
Because I still intend to think young at 80.
Listen. Don’t you get old, either!
Your body will get older, the wrinkles might not respond quite so well to the Boots cream, and you may need reading glasses for sure…
But never think old.
As the ancient proverb says:
As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.
So stay young in your thinking. And you’ll remain young!
Surely that’s better than any Botox treatment!
And even better than that expensive face cream from Boots.
Could it even be the real elixir of life?
30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans
Here’s an excellent book I’d recommend if you want to learn from the wisdom of some great old people and stay young. I read it from cover to cover and changed some things because of it. Check out the description and reviews on Amazon.
So how do you intend to stay young? Or what’s your secret to keeping young?
Do write a comment in the box below and let’s keep this conversation going.
Anne Johnston says
I completely agree with your perspective on this, David.
When I was a teenager I used to think 22 was old (!) but each year I get older my mind still feels young, it’s the body I sometimes have to work on haha!
Thanks Anne. That’s the thing I’ve discovered too. It’s a combination of having a healthy mindset combined with working to remain physically healthy and fit.