What if I were to suggest to you that the current way most people age is determined by a misguided method of thinking about aging; a faulty thought process that bolsters a misperception of what it means to grow older.
That by just changing your long held beliefs about the aging process would enable you to see the truth of the situation… that it's entirely possible to look, feel and act much younger than whatever your chronological age might otherwise indicate.
It would challenge every belief that you've ever had about the aging process.
I fully realize that most people (not you and me of course) tend to get extremely upset, if not downright defensive, when someone fucks around with their most cherished beliefs.
What Aging and Astronomy Have in Common
Nicolous Copernicus finished up his manuscript on heliocentric theory (that the earth revolves around the sun) in 1532. He didn't have it published until 1543—while laying on his deathbed—for fear of being labeled a heretic by the church.
Later, with the help of the newly invented telescope, Galileo Galilei expanded on Copernicus's work and published his own writings in 1632 that compared the heliocentric theory to the well established geocentric model (where the sun orbits the earth).
Mr Galilei was subsequently convicted on ‘grave suspicion of heresy’ by the Catholic church and was forced to recant his beliefs. He wound up spending the remainder of his life under house arrest.
These two guys learned the hard way… it's tough to get people to change their long held beliefs.
But that's what people really thought they were seeing when they gazed skyward. The sun, although appearing to be circling our planet, was merely an illusion… albeit a very convincing one.
Likewise, that's what we mostly see when we observe people that are in their 60's, 70's and 80's and 90's. They tend to lack the energy, vitality, flexibility and mental acuity that were much more abundant when they were younger.
It wouldn't be all that bad if that was all there was to it. Unfortunately, things tend to get worse. We're painfully aware of the so-called age-related diseases that many older people accept as a ‘normal’ part of aging:
- cardiovascular (heart) disease
- hypertension (high blood pressure)
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
- Alzheimer's Disease
I don't believe I'm exaggerating when I say that the aging process in our culture is in a sorry state of affairs.
But it doesn't have to stay that way. I've been actively proving to myself, along with a bunch of others who would be considered ‘older’ by society's standards, that these accepted ideas about aging are not only antiquated, but grossly inaccurate. Although they might be normal for the majority of older people, they don't need to be for you!
Just like when the entire civilized world, century after century, was once completely convinced that the sun revolved around the earth, didn't make that true either.
Perhaps re-evaluating our collective mindset as it pertains to aging would allow us to adopt a more enlightened paradigm as to what it means to grow chronologically older.
Have We Formed A Habit of Growing Older?
We're all creatures of habit and maybe, just maybe, we've managed to perfect the habit of growing older. We hold on to our habits more tenaciously than a protective mama bear. It's no wonder that they can be a bitch to break.
Our habitual way of thinking about and perceiving the aging process is constantly being reinforced by what we actually see around us; older people that are moving around more slowly, constantly forgetting things, falling down, developing debilitating diseases and dying way to early.
We've managed to convince ourselves that it's perfectly normal for older people to act, feel and look ‘old’.
But just like most everyone's beliefs about what was true about astronomy during the 16th and 17th centuries (and thousands of years before that), are we incapable of perceiving the ‘truth of the situation’ when it comes to aging?
Glimpses of that ‘truth’ are becoming more commonplace now than they ever were.
This might all seem like an absurd if not downright silly—please don't say stupid—idea to you right now, but I'm guessing that there was a really good reason that you landed on this page.
You just might be one of the rare few that is open-minded enough to at least consider that what you've been observing all your life about the aging process might not be entirely true at all.
There was once an interesting study done on aging that just might convince you that there is some merit to this controversial, if not crazy, idea about the aging process.
>>> Click here to read all about that study… (page 2 of 5)