It is not length of life, but depth of life.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am never going to get old.
It’s not that I fear aging, but rather don’t want to be that person. The one who stops living life as an adventure because they hit a certain age. I don’t ever want to utter, “I’m too old to do that” when given the opportunity for a new challenge.
This isn’t about desperately holding onto society’s view of youthful beauty. That’s something I haven’t believed in. Instead, as my face changes, I find I like my laugh lines…the little exclamation points, adding a greater emphasis to my expression of happiness.
Being young is about maintaing a youthful state of mind.
For me, staying young has meant continuing to explore, learn, and experience life fully. In the last 10 years (age: 35-45), here’s a sampling of what I have done:
- Taken up running
- Trained and competed in half marathons, duathlons, and triathlons
- Started this blog
- Started learning guitar
- Received a second degree (Photography)
- Started a new business
- Learned new skills (graphic design, coding, web development, for example)
- Got married
Most recently, I took on a new challenge: CrossFit. I had that am-I-crazy conversation with myself, and realized it was something I had to try. I love it–the stretches, the workout of the day (WOD), the soreness that is inevitable, and the camaraderie with the other members of the box (gym). And, most of all, it’s bonding on another level with my husband (the CrossFit addict).
I still have many more things I want to do in my youth, for example:
- Become fluent in a language
- Spend a season living in Tuscany
- Learn how to make gluten-free pasta
- Re-read many classics
- Read other classics for the first time
- Start a gluten-free recipe blog
- Expand my business
- Obtain a Masters of Liberal Studies
- Go to circus camp
I know these great experiences are waiting for me in the next ten years.
Tell me, what do you want to do in your youth?
What are you waiting for?