Monday, August 30, 2010

HOW TO REMAIN YOUNG FOREVER - a Delightful Anti Ageing Formula

ELIXIR OF LIFE
HOW TO REMAIN YOUNG FOREVER
A delightful Anti-Ageing Formula
Zest for Living and Passion for Learning
 
By
VIKRAM KARVE


There are a number of retired senior citizens in the colony where I live in Pune. 

Yes, there are still large numbers of pensioners living all over Pune though Pune is no longer a pensioners’ paradise.

I have noticed one intriguing thing. 

Though most are of these persons are of the same chronological age, some are “young” and some are “old”...

Further observation reveals the anti ageing formula for remaining young: Zest for Living and Passion for Learning is the best anti-ageing recipe that keeps you young forever. It is the elixir of life.

Look around you and you will see what I mean. 

There are many oldie-goldies who are living life to the fullest and are always eager to learn new things and there are also others who have no “juice” left in them as they have lost the spirit to enjoy learning with enthusiasm and relish the pleasures of life to their utmost.

I know a “young” senior citizen who, after retirement, started learning classical music from the scratch, enjoyed studying for 10 years till he completed his sangeet alankar, living life to the fullest in true epicurean style – good food, music, concerts, plays, movies, travel, picnics, swimming, trekking, playing with his dogs, social work, you name it – he did it ... and with the advent of internet he is enjoying moments exploring the mysteries of the web, learning new things and latest technologies, actively blogging with passionate fervour, and with gusto doing all sorts of learning activites, creative writing, surfing, social networking, making virtual friends, teaching music – for him variety is the spice of life. He lives a delightfully active life, loves the company of youngsters and has the enthusiasm and energy of a child – and though in his late seventies he is “younger” than even those chronologically many years his junior and it is his zest for life and passion for knowledge that keeps him healthy, happy and youthful.

Remember you are as old as you feel, not as old as you look, nor as "old" as your chronologically age says you are. 

It is in your hands to forever remain a "young" senior citizen.

I will end this piece with a quote from Mahatma Gandhi:

Live as if you are going to die tomorrow
Learn as if you are going to live forever
.

It is breathtakingly simple to remain young forever, Dear Reader. 

It is all in the mind. Forget your chronological age.  

Spend time in the company of young happy people who are enjoying life in the present rather than make yourself miserable in the company of pessimistic, gloomy, cynical old fogies living in the past and carping and complaining about the present. 

Get a pet dog and enjoy playing with your dog.Your pet dog's antics will keep you happily occupied, cheerful and healthy.

Rediscover your childlike enthusiasm.  

Stop reminiscing about the "good old days" and start living it up every day doing whatever you like with zest and passion to learn new things like blogging, social networking, making real friends and virtual friends with common interests and passions, exploring the mysteries internet and enjoying the benefits of information technology. Yes, keeping oneself uptodate and abreast of the latest technologies keeps one mentally stimulated. 

Re-discover your romantic mischievous side, have fun and discover the beauty and romance of life. Try to have a positive attitude and optimistic temperament and keep learning new things and nurture your creative interests, hobbies, exercise, play, travel, eat out, see movies, have a ball... All you’ve got to do is to have a zest for living and passion for learning.

First thing in the morning, the moment you get up, recite your new art of living motto: “Live as if you are going to die tomorrow, learn as if you are going to live forever!”


VIKRAM KARVE 
Copyright © Vikram Karve 2010
Vikram Karve has asserted his right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work.  


VIKRAM KARVE educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU and The Lawrence School Lovedale, is an Electronics and Communications Engineer by profession, a Human Resource Manager and Trainer by occupation, a Teacher by vocation, a Creative Writer by inclination and a Foodie by passion. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles in magazines and journals for many years before the advent of blogging. His delicious foodie blogs have been compiled in a book "Appetite for a Stroll". Vikram lives in Pune with his family and pet Doberman girl Sherry, with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts. 


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