Saturday, April 14, 2012

HOW TO BE A YOUNG SENIOR CITIZEN - Anti-Ageing Formula - Zest for Living and Passion for Learning

Anti-Ageing Formula
Zest for Living and Passion for Learning

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” - yes some appear young and some seem old - after all your age is what you feel.

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.

This is the true 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. 

This young-at-heart senior citizen 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, and certainly not 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.


Here are some tips on how to feel young and forget your chronological age.  

1. Spend time in the company of young happy people

It is better to spend your time with cheerful younsters who are enjoying life in the present rather than make yourself miserable in the company of pessimistic, gloomy, cynical old fogies who keep living in the past, carping and complaining about the present, and speculating and worrying about the future. 

It is better to remain with your family and kids rather than go to a retirement home (old age home). 

Teaching and mentoring youngsters (never give unsolicited advice or moral lectures) is rewarding and good too – I love to teach as I enjoy the company of cheerful motivated young students and this keeps me young and enthisuastic about learning too.

2. Get a Pet Dog 

Another useful anti-aging technique is to get a pet dog and enjoy playing with your dog. 

Pet parenting and your pet dog's antics and will keep you happily occupied, cheerful and healthy, besides ensuring regular exercise as your pet dog will ensure you take him out on walks at least twice a day. 

There is nothing more joyful than playing with your dog and talking to him. 

This morning I gave my dog Sherry a vigorous bath and felt really young and energetic. 

A dog will bring out the child in you.

3. 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. Use technology effectively to keep young.

4. Re-discover your romantic mischievous side

Become “naughty” once again, have fun and discover the beauty and romance of life. Why not harmlessfly flirt a bit? 

Remember that the moment you stop appreciating and being attracted to beauty, you have become “old” and life is not worth living.

5. Learn new things, develop new hobbies and nurture your creative interests

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.

Explore your creative side. Discovering new aspects of your creativity and passionately nurturing your interests works wonders for your health and happiness.

All you have 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”

Dear Reader, here's wishing you eternal youth - may you remain young forever with a  Zest for Living and a Passion for Learning.

So Cheer Up and Live it Up...!!! 

Copyright © Vikram Karve 2012
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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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1 comment:

Saumya Kulshreshtha said...

Honestly, your article reminded me of my late grandfather. He was a disciplinarian, but towards his last days, we all observed him softening up. Spending a lot more days with us kids, telling us stories, making jokes, even cooking for us! He was a person who did not seem old till his very last day. I have nothing but bright memories of him.
Thanks for writing something that bright him back to my mind.