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How to feel and look younger at 50+

I am as old as I feel, as old as I conduct myself.                                                                                            I am as young as I feel in my head, as young as I behave.

Just check out the pictures of your parents and grandparents, you will see their wrinkled faces, soft, stooped bodies, dressed dowdily. In family photos, they are plonked in their chairs with the extended family surrounding them when they were merely in their late fifties/ early sixties.

Compare to today’s gym-going, briskly walking, smartly dressed people in their sixties, many are still working and living life king-size on their own terms.

60 IS THE NEW 30, EXCEPT TWICE AS AWESOME!

Our generation married early, we had our kids when we were still in our twenties and many of us are grannies by the time, we touch fifty….

This is no age to think old, behave old, dress old.       Our Indian family system though amazing is designed to make us elders feel old, dowdy, devoid of desires. Especially where three sometimes four generations are living together under one roof.

When I was in my twenties, even thirties, I viewed people above fifty as old, senior citizens. Today I am past sixty and I abhor to be referred to as an oldie. You too, my friends must have noticed this change in your attitude. Today’s youngsters maybe feel the same way about us basically because our society has conditioned us that way.

I firmly believe that life is all about exploring everything that is out there. There is nothing age-appropriate about understanding my needs/ desires, setting my own goals, and trying to achieve them.

Watching Television, checking What’s-app/ Facebook every five minutes, plonking on the couch, cribbing about people, the past, or the prevailing situations beyond my control…. will not take me anywhere.

So how can we get out of this rut????

Here is the tried and tested formula….

Take one tiny little step at a time, start making small changes on a regular basis.                You are not going to see results or feel any difference in a hurry. I know it can be frustrating. At times you may feel that putting in all this effort is a waste of time.

*Like I start an exercise regimen, for a few days I continue with gusto and then I quit.

*I want to change the way I dress up; I start making small imperceptible changes, I am at it for some time and then I slide back to my old ways.

*Inspired by the glowing looks of my close friend, I start my own beauty routine, only to abandon it after a little while.

Remember Dear, if someone is glowing, dressing well, carrying herself/himself confidently, they have put in a lot of effort, have worked to achieve it tirelessly and consistently. So, if you want to see any results, persist, persevere, continue with your efforts, life is testing you to see how serious you are in your pursuit.

Now the million-dollar question…

How to do what you want to do?

I made these stone footsteps in my garden, just followed a YouTube video, it was great fun!                                                                                                                                                             Watch videos of the activity you want to engage in….., Interesting recipes, magic, origami, whatever your little heart desires. There is so much on the internet to help you out.     Well, just Google search the information,  learn a new hobby, maybe some jokes, some poetry, some filmy dialogues, check out whatever interests you.

Quit making excuses, abandon self-pity, no complaining, stop saying,” I am getting old”.       

Friends, life is passing by, time doesn’t wait for anybody, so the sooner we start the better. Focus on one area, one desire, one wish, work slowly and steadily, till you see the results.

When will you do what you wish to do? if not now!

Sense of achievement after you have accomplished what you had set out to do will be an enriching experience,  and the feeling …. PRICELESS!

Remain connected on this platform and do share your winning moment.

Bye for now,

Renuka.

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