Age Doesn't Have to Rob You of Hope

Age Doesn't Have to Rob You of Hope

Last update: 27 August, 2017

One of the main ways we measure age is by the person’s appearance: the way they dress, their hair, their wrinkles… And yet, sometimes we’re surprised to find a person whose vitality and hope doesn’t match their age.

Some people have a level of energy and hope that exceeds any initial expectation. They display an enthusiasm for life that many young people have already lost.

Age is measured in hope

Nobody escapes the complexes that come with the effects of aging, especially on the skin. The body can’t handle as much, fatigue increases, etc. Time often passes without us realizing, and when we finally notice, we might see that we haven’t done all the things we spent years planning on doing.

old women with umbrellas

We suddenly go from 15 to 23 in a heartbeat, and the same with 30 to 40 and 40 to 50. That’s why it’s always the right time to have hope for the projects you still haven’t finished and the places you still haven’t visited. It’s never too late. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

“For each age is a dream that is dying,
Or one that is coming to birth.”

-Arthur O’Shaughnessy-

If you think that at 40 years old, with a few wrinkles on your face, there’s no point in having hope anymore, you’re wrong. You’ve taken the steps to build a life for yourself, and you’ve guided your loved ones to do the same. And now you can continue feeling young in spirit, regardless of your age.

Age is a question of perspective

In addition to being a physical thing, age is also a question of perspective. It’s good to not focus on how weak you’re starting to feel, but rather on the energy that you still have to use up until there’s none left.

Maybe the wrinkles show your physical age, but your mental age allows you to continue enjoying all the opportunities that are still within your reach. Is it not true that you never stop learning? You’re never old if your everyday life continues to teach you something, whether it’s from your children, your grandchildren, your friends, or your feelings.

“The path to youth takes a lifetime.”

-Pablo Picasso-

Instead of getting hung up on what you’ve already experienced, apply those experiences to new ones that are yet to come. Wrinkles are ultimately two sides of the same coin: they make us older on the surface, but they also show that we’ve been through so much that we know how to live free of complexes.

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Live every new day with enthusiasm

Every new day that starts is a sheet of paper with a few instructions, but the most essential part is yet to be written. In this blank space, new and exciting experiences can always be added, no matter how old you are. Make plans that give you new, valuable memories, which will hold you up when your legs fail and you want to support those who are younger than you.

Retaining this momentum is often an inspiration to those around you. You have a lot more influence over your children and grandchildren than you may think. Sometimes you show them that age might just be a question of attitude.

“Youth is not a stage of life, it’s a state of mind.”

-Mateo Alemán-

Without forgetting that you’ve gotten older and that there are aspects of human nature that you can’t skip over, having an attitude of vitality can motivate you to not give up in the face of adversity. Even when you’ve been wronged by life and your wrinkles show your age, you can still feel eternally young in hope.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.