How Can I Be 50, When I Still Feel 25?
by Amy Sherman, LMHC
Where did the years go? Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was considered the youngster in the crowd
and everyone else was the old timers? Somehow the years kept creeping along and now I have a 25 year old child who looks
at me as an old fogey.
I tell her that age is just a number, because I don’t feel my 50+ years. I’m
still vital and forward thinking, looking to the future with excitement and passion. I don’t plan to have that
change any time soon. In fact, Hale Dwoksin, author of The Sedona Method, states ,“The best way to embrace your
age is to look inside and notice that at your core what you are is ageless. “
I have learned several things over
the years which have kept me focusing on the brighter side of things. They are the following:
1. Do not give in to your negative thoughts about aging. Accept them as just thoughts and let them leave
your mind as quickly as they came in. When you start overthinking, you create a downcast state of mind, which just adds
to your “pity-party” mindset.
2. Understand the power your emotions have on your ability to live longer and healthier. Research supports
the fact that people who are more positive have a longer life span than those who are negative. Plus, they suffer from less
illnesses and chronic conditions.
3.Let go of the anticipation that things can go wrong. Otherwise, you wind up setting yourself up for a
problem to happen, when there may actually be none. So, stop worrying.
4. Try to harness your personal strength from within to overcome adversity. This means that you do not
let yourself get overwhelmed and feel victimized by your circumstances. Instead, take control and act in a manner that
would bring you the results you want.
In essence, always remember to keep growing emotionally, so that you are constantly living in a state of self-discovery
and excitement. Be prepared to go on a journey of exploration to find new aspects of yourself, you never knew existed.
You may be surprised to learn that while you may be “over the hill” chronologically, you can still live your life
with the enthusiasm of your youth.
____________________Amy Sherman, LMHC, is a licensed
mental health counselor in private practice. She is the author of "Distress-Free Aging: A Boomer's Guide to Creating
a Fulfilled and Purposeful Life." Visit http://www.bummedoutboomer.com and receive a Special Report on Overcoming Adversity when you sign up for the free eNewsletter.
Amy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-281-2975 .