My recent piece on dealing with aging produced a tidal wave of interest and amusement. The main return theme was the question ‘how to stay young?’
That is a lot tougher than how to age! Time is against us all. Let’s give it a try anyway.
First, (and this can be done) find, make and keep younger friends. I have seen this done –and deliberately—many times. It may be the most important tip of all.
Second, think well ahead. If you are making plans for 10 years out, you likely want to see them happen. That contributes to the will to survive.
Third, think young. I am not sure what that is, exactly, but it likely includes exercise, sex and learning. As people lose interest in those subjects, they gradually stop thinking young. The fact that you may do less does not mean you have lost interest.
Fourth, imagine things that might happen in the future and look forward to seeing them unfold. For instance, what and who might follow Trump is a subject that could keep you up at night, or give you the best night’s sleep you’ve had in years.
Fifth, keep an eye on cultural shifts, such as in fashion, art and music. Taking an interest in what is going on around you all the time contributes to being young.
Sixth, do not plan your investments on a statistical estimate of your life expectancy. Plan like you will live forever. Your heirs will appreciate it even if you do not!
Seventh, look for humor in everyone and everything. It is there and when you sense it, laugh out loud. Laughing is the best exercise for youth.
Eighth, do not go to class reunions. You are bound to find yourself surrounded by a bunch people you used to think were your age but who now look ancient and who are wondering how you got in the wrong room!
Ninth, dress young. Do not stay stuck in the style that was fashionable in your younger years. Looking young is being young.
Tenth, read the obits regularly and feel good that you out-lived that SOB you have hated forever but thought better not engage in a fight.
These tips, plus my curiosity, have served me well for 87 years. Your performance surely will vary.