Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Grow old gracefully, or belligerently, just make sure you grow old.

Today we are going to discuss growing old gracefully.  My advice, as an expert on aging, do it, or don't do it, just keep getting older, that is the main thing.  To quote Dylan Thomas;

"Do not go gentle into that good night.
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

Mr. Thomas was trying to convince his father to keep getting older.  But, if he knew you, as well as we do, his advice would have been the same.

This is not to say you should have expensive, painful, unnecessary surgery or inject toxins into your face. Though, if you want to that is your business, and ok with us, here at Life Explained.

I would most definitely pass on almost any surgery.  Dangerous, invasive, and sometimes fatal procedures are generally not something I opt for.  If they said to me "you could have surgery or die," it would require some thought.  Once I fainted having a wart cut off my thumb, my doctor said there was a medical condition that caused people to faint in situations of that type.  "It is called being a wuss," he said.  A difficult argument to counter.

But, if you feel surgery is your best option for combating aging, by all means, sign on the dotted line.  Not the dotted line they will draw on your face, the lines on the several pages of legal documents you will have thrust in your direction.

My method of fighting aging has been multiple and mostly painless, and involved no scalpels.  Here are the steps;

  1. Quit smoking, dying is a great way to keep from aging but there are others.  Smoking makes you look older, sound older, probably because it ages you faster so you are older.  If you smoke you should stop, no matter what, no matter how.
  2. Eat right, eating fruit and vegetables is a great way to feel better.  You will have more energy, and lose a little weight, and they taste good.  Well, not all of them taste good to everybody, but there are so many choices everybody can find something they like, try them all.  You can still have some pizza or cookies, or cake, or ice cream, or beer, or a bratwurst, or cheeseburger, without some of  those things once in a while who wants to get older.  Eat smarter, feel better, you can thank me later.
  3. Exercise, walk, take the stairs.  I joined a gym, and it is great.  But if that isn't for you, there are resistance bands that fold up and store in a closet.  Dumb bells are small, and easy to use and store.  Ride a bike, start jogging, take a long walk at lunch.  Everything you can do, will help, and it gets easier with each day.   Exercise, it is not just for other people anymore.
Remember, the world needs us, our collective wisdom, our keen insight, our profound understanding of the nuances of life.  Besides, if I am the only old person stuck in a world full of snotty nosed, wet behind the ears, know it all punks I would be sad, nobody wants that, right?