Samuel Ullman – wrote his famous poem “Youth” when he was 78. Ullman is largely unknown outside the USA where he lived the last 40 years of his life. My take on this is with a positive attitude and positive mindset – you can carry on for a long time. Why?
1 – You will not thinking about the past. You will think about what you can achieve in the future.
2 – You will not be thinking about your aches and pains, which will magnify with thought. After all many famous writers have said “You become what you think about” and that is so true.
3 – You will meet more interesting people. Who will want to learn your wisdom and they will want to share their experiences with new things, new thinking in life like Social media etc – etc
Remember age is just a number. Motivation of yourself is key to help others and I share this with my audiences whenever I am privileged to speak.
Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite, for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of sixty more than a boy of twenty. Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.
Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.
Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being’s heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite of what’s next, and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the infinite, so long are you young.
When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at twenty, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch the waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at eighty.