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Live Well Corner: Your Real Age vs The Age You Feel

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Your Real Age vs The Age You Feel

You Can’t Stop Aging, But You Can Control How You Feel

by Joanne Troppello

“Age is an issue of the mind. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain

I love that quote. When I was 18 years old, I still looked like I was 14. Back then, I did not like that at all. However, now that I’m in my 40s, I love it that some people still think I’m younger than my age.

Your age is a number. Maybe you feel older than your age or younger. Some days, I do feel old and lack energy. However, most days, I still feel younger than my age. That’s because I try to live a healthy lifestyle, I’m back on track with my exercise routine, and I try to feed my spirit with time spent in the Bible and in prayer.

“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.” – Samuel Ullman

That is another quote that resonates with me. I’ve had older relatives who gave up once they retired, grew bored with life, and their health began to fail. Others have tried to keep busy. They wanted their minds to be occupied each day so that they’d have a purpose and not grow bored—and would continue to be healthy in mind, body, and spirit.

Even if you feel your age or older, you can bring a youthfulness to your spirit that can improve your overall health and well-being. Remind yourself of the following things each day:

  • God loves you.

  • You have a purpose.

  • God has a plan for you.

  • Show love and kindness to others.

  • Find a way to occupy your mind daily.

  • Never stop dreaming big dreams for your life.

We’re born, we live, and we die. Yet, you do have some control over the rate of aging in your life. “Your Real Age reflects not only your risk of disease, but your risk of disability and your energy level now.” This quote comes from the article I mentioned: Act Your Real Age: You Control Your Rate of Aging.

Growing old is a part of the cycle of life. You need to decide if you want to increase your life’s longevity or not. “And that means you have to start building defenses in your 30s, 40s and 50s against attacks that may not occur until your 60s, 70s and 80s…meaning can start to make your real age younger at any age.”

Wow. That statement from the article impacted me in a powerful way. I can make changes in my lifestyle at any point. I can’t reverse the aging process, but I can start to make positive changes for a better life in my future.

Do you feel your real age? Are you young at heart?


About the Author

Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel.

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