Monday, August 15, 2011

Regina Brett's Fifty Life Lessons: The Thirty-Sixth Lesson

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Lesson Number Thirty-Six: Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.

Most of us are afraid to become old. This is a reality we could never escape. 

While still in my twenties, life was so good. I never imagined of getting old someday. When I reached thirty, still no worries of getting old were lurking inside my mind. However, when I was halfway in my thirties, the thought of reaching forty someday snatched the happy-go-lucky side of me. I was slowly afraid of getting old. They say, we could grow old gracefully. But, no I wanted to stay young forever! Whether I like it or not, I have to face the reality -- that yes, I am getting older. 

But hey, it only means I am betting the alternative of dying young. So instead of shedding tears for nearing old age, I should be happy and celebrate each year that adds my age because it means I am still alive. I am still given by God the opportunity of being with my loved ones. So then, why fret?

Other people opt to get the doctor's help to maintain younger looks. Others say, younger looks is maintained by proper sleep, proper diet, proper exercise and the lack of stress. Well, whatever could help maintain younger looks could never beat the vigor of youth in my mind and heart. It sure could lead me to aging gracefully.

Get happy!

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