Simon Cowell, critiquing contestants on one of the UK’s most popular shows, “Britain’s Got Talent”, isn’t the first, and certainly won’t be the last, to comment on the fact that age is just a number. The question is, whether it is a “lucky” number.
Growing old is a fact of life. The alternative to growing old is to cease to exist, not something most of us would choose. And it is certainly true that age is nothing but a number, a measure of the units of time we have spent upon this planet. And that is all it is. It cannot measure our accomplishments, our joys, our sorrows. It is simply a measurement, no more significant than a shoe size. This is no where more evident than in the performance to which Mr. Cowell was referring. You can see it here, and it is a joy to watch. Five middle-aged men, calling themselves “Old Men Grooving”, expressing their disregard for the expectations others may assign to them, as well as their joy in life, and pride in their achievements. Five friends blowing expectations out of the water, and reveling in it.
One of America’s greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln, one observed, “In the end, it’s not the years in your life, but the life in your years.” And who can argue with Honest Abe? But how can you insure that your accumulating years remain lively? First of all, recognize that you are aging, and learn to deal with it. Your later years, to a large extent, depend on how well you take care of yourself in your younger years. Maintain a healthy lifestyle, deal with health issues before they become debilitating, learn to manage chronic health issues as they may arise, and develop and maintain meaningful social relationships. Never disengage yourself from the world around you. Research has shown that the older brain is still more than capable of growth and development, but only if stimulated. And never underestimate the power of resiliency. The ability to bounce back will serve you well in your declining years. Maintain an optimistic attitude, always looking for a way around any problem.
Your mental outlook is as important to your continued success in aging as your physical health. It is of no benefit to have the body of an athlete and the mind of a decrepit old person. It will do you no good to live a long but miserable life. Some of the health benefits of maintaining social relationships in our advancing years include a potential reduction in the risk of cardiovascular problems, some cancers, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, as well as Alzheimer disease. A satisfying social life can also lower blood pressure and alleviate depression. Continue to do the things you enjoy, and even develop new interests. Join a gym, or a book club. Volunteer at a local agency. Visit a local seniors’ center and interact with your peers, or mentor a youngster who can benefit from your experience, while you absorb their youthful enthusiasm.
Aging can be as good, or as bad, as you make it. Just don’t allow yourself to be weighed down by the years already passed, but be encourage by those yet to come.
Britain’s Got Talent – BGT 2015 AUDITIONS – OLD MEN GROOVING
Britain’s Got Talent 2015 S09E10 Semi-Finals OMG – Old Men Grooving Bring the House Down
Britain’s Got Talent 2015 S09E18 Finals OMG Old Men Grooving Hilarious Dance Performance