Age is just a number, they say. Birth and death are the two inevitable phenomena which surpass the limitations of human control. Similar is the case with aging. One cannot escape the physical consequences of age. While there are a handful of pros for aging; more commonly, it is perceived as a sign of negation. People often forget to live by harboring a constant anxiety about aging, within. Well, if you are going to age anyway, why not in a beautiful way? So all the graceful ladies out there, stop hiding your ages anymore. Remember, old is gold? Be the golden girls of the era. Make a resolution towards living life to your fullest. Your body may not necessarily agree to this, but your heart surely will. You have to stop worrying about your wrinkles, stress marks or about the bleakness of life.
There are certain other “perils” of aging. For one, it is that your children are not able to devote as much time to you as they did earlier. And that is not at all an indication of lack of love or disinterest by them; as much you would like to believe, it is the realization of overgrowing responsibilities towards their work, spouse, children and life as a whole. You being their parents, are expected to be a little more supportive and not lose calm about anything. Parent-children fights are natural during such times; but take care it doesn’t ruin the oldest and the strongest relationship between you and your children forever. This is not easy to keep an account of, but I, as a concerned social-being, would like to recommend few things which would help you tackle “age-problems.” If you ask me, old age is a beautiful age. This is the time you actually get to give yourself. Finally, your responsibility towards your children subsides and you can now have the time of your life. Parenting, although blissful, has been a hectic job. And you deserve to take a long vacation now. This “long vacation” which I am referring to are your late 60s and 70s. Take up a hobby you have always wanted to do but work and home kept you from pursuing it. You can finally tune into Aakashwani to listen to retro songs without having your children around to constantly pester about changing it to Generation next songs.
Enroll yourself in an NGO or a self-help organization because now is the free time you can splurge into helping the needy. A weekly visit to organizations like Chetana or helpers of the handicapped would make you feel worthy about your life. After all, spending time for a good cause is always a good idea. We Indians are blessed by something as dynamic and idyllic as Yoga. The internet offers innumerable Yoga practice regimes and saves your time and energy of joining a specialized course. Plant a garden, garner a pet, cook new recipes to delight yourself. Because if not now, then never. In a nutshell, learn the art of living. And by that, I don’t mean subscribing to the package by Shri Shri Ravi Shankar Ji. Set out on a world tour to treat your eyes. Don’t miss out on anything in life that you have always wanted to do. So break free, because your age isn’t a minus, it’s a plus. Finally I quote Marjane Satrapi, “Life is too short to be lived badly.”
Happy second innings.