“Portrait of a 70 Year Old”
Aging is a fact of life. I’m reminded always of the short time of youth. It seems like yesterday. I’m reminded of aging, by my parents who are 80, who are slowing down, forgetful. We can stay youthful in our minds through lifelong learning and embracing our passions, those interests and leisure pursuits that provide “flow.” We can keep our bodies youthful by embracing physical exercise, yoga, a vigorous walk, weight training, swimming, and so forth. The other day, while driving through the back roads of Southern Ontario, I met a man, a 70 year old cyclist, who was trekking 80 km with a group, who were much younger than him. He was slender, muscular, invigorated, relaxed, living in the moment. He appeared to be in better shape than the typical 50 something. He was certainly more fit than myself at 54. I thought to myself, sitting in the SUV, there is a lesson to be learned, an illumination, an insight, a small truth about life: Unless you are suffering from a serious disease or illness, your age is a choice.