The Secret to the Fountain of Youth
In one word that’s what I believe is the secret to never growing old. With age comes wisdom and knowledge of consequence, with this knowledge comes expectation and ever-encroaching fear of those consequences. It hems us in the older we get and limits our ability to step outside of the box, beyond our comfort zone.
Children on the other hand are blissfully ignorant. They attack life with wild abandon. Sure they need our guidance from time to time. But despite their impetuousness and seemingly reckless approach to life that sees them stumble occasionally (and learn from it), they continue to test, rebel and experiment with the limitless boundaries of their existence.
You can’t play by the rules if you don’t know what those rules are.
Our bodies thrive on physical challenge and last longer as a result. Our mind craves mental challenge and stimulation to stay sharp and vibrant. By challenging our fear and habit (two of life’s dulling components) on a weekly if not daily basis we are keeping ourselves youthful, present and engaged.
‘Challenge’ may not turn back the clock of life, but it will certainly ensure you make the most of the time you have.
The Clock of Life
(my favourite poem growing up)
The clock of life is wound but once
And no man has the power
To tell just when the hands will stop
At late or early hour
To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed,
To lose one’s soul is such a loss
That no man can restore.
The present only is our own,
So live, love, toil with a will –
Place no faith in ‘tomorrow’ –
For the clock may then be still.
~ Robert H. Smith