I have been thinking a great deal as of late about getting older and time that has gone by. It used to be that a birthday was just something 100% awesome. Cake, presents, friends and fun. Nowadays, while it is still pretty awesome for me, the aging process is becoming noticable and that makes me somewhat sad. I feel as if I am a banana that is developing little brown spots. I’m obviously not at the stage where you make banana bread, but I am not so green anymore.
An example of this would be a conversation I had with my younger sister recently. While she was visiting, we rented a movie from Redbox. As I bent my head to enter my info, this is what happens:Farheen’s radiant, younger sister: “Farheen! What is up with your hair?!?” Farheen: “What? What’s wrong with it?” Farheen’s radiant, younger sister: “Your hair… It’s got all this gray in it!” *horror* Farheen: “Um…” Farheen’s radiant, younger sister: “You need to take care of that.” *grimace* Farheen: “…” *clenched jaw*
And indeed, as I brushed my teeth last night, I noticed that there is actually silver glistening among my dark locks. Somewhat irritating. Not so irritating that I cannot function, but irritating nonetheless.
Yet despite the physical aspects of aging, I am finding that in some ways I remain as youthful as I have always been. Here is a list of things that keep my soul from aging:
- Disney. I think I could be 90 years old but if I watch The Little Mermaid or Aladdin or anything Disney, it will have my rapt attention.
- Bursting into song. I used to do this more frequently than I do now. There was a time I would be sitting at my desk, singing away (softly) while I processed payments and sent out collection letters or I would be walking down the street, singing a song. But in recent years. I stopped doing this, but it is making a comeback.
- Reading. I have not been reading for pleasure much in recent years, but lately I am really digging reading things that are either fluff, like trashy romances or fantasy (which some may not consider fluff, but I’m not talking Tolkien here so don’t send me hate mail), or I am reading history, which always makes me happy. Reading, in general, is anti-wrinkle cream for my soul.
- Looking for things in clouds. I noticed a few months ago, that I no longer saw things in clouds! So in an attempt to get a favorite pastime of my childhood back, I have been cloud watching. It makes me feel good.
- Games. Whether it is video games, board games or word puzzles, playing games makes me think of when I was a young child, and games were the thing to keep you busy. In addition, playing games keeps your mind sharp and competitive.
- Watching cartoons. I have been doing some babysitting lately and cartoons come into play. I watched many cartoons in my youth and rmember them fondly. Some cartoons are just kinda there, like Spongebob Square Pants, but others are quite interesting. Currently I am really digging the Phineus and Ferb cartoon. But generally speaking cartoons are definitely a part of childhood and watching them can make you feel like a kid again.
These are some of the things I was thinking of that keep me feeling young, if not looking young. Are there things that keep you feeling younger? What is your fountain of youth?