The Real Secret to Eternal Youth
Whilst many of us may tell ourselves that age is just a number, the message we receive externally is often very different. Books, magazines, films, TV shows and adverts repeatedly allude to our supposed innate desire for eternal youth. And why not – who doesn’t want to both look and feel younger from time to time?
Of course, there are all manner of products and gimmicks out there promising to knock years off our appearance in an effort to encourage us to part with our hard-earned cash, many of which may well even work. But such products are likely to be, quite literally, only skin deep and, as such, are of limited usefulness in our ongoing quest for the fountain of youth.
What’s the alternative?
Well hopefully something that has you glowing from the inside out – playing! As George Bernard Shaw famously stated:
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing”.George Bernard Shaw
I don’t know about you but that quote definitely has the ring of truth in it for me! How often these days do we just “play” for the sake of playing? Not to amuse the kids or because it’s a team-building day at work, but like we used to when we were kids – for no other reason than for the pure fun of it?
I suppose that now we’re “grown-ups” we’re all far too busy and important to take the time to play. It’s actually quite amusing just how seriously most of us take ourselves on a day-to-day basis over things that, in the grand scheme of things, really just don’t matter. Amusing, if not a little ironic really for those of us who do want to look and feel a little younger!
Learning how to play
Sounds strange doesn’t it but I would think most of us haven’t played for fun in a long, long time! So you might wonder where to start. I accidentally came across a good place to start last weekend when my 8-year old daughter was invited to a party at Total Ninja, an indoor obstacle course. With 2 hours to kill whilst she was at the party, my husband and I decided we thought it looked fun and might as well have a go too. So much fun! http://www.totalninja.co.uk/
Wow, used muscles that I’d forgotten I had and I’m still feeling it 4 days on but well worth it just to remind myself to just run about and have fun occasionally – even if I did have to come home and have a nap to recover afterwards!
So, maybe the real secret to eternal youth is to make time to play – be sure to share this secret with someone you think might need to hear it and remember:
“Keep adventuring and stay not a grown-up.”J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan