It usually happens one day when you wake up in the morning. You walk into the bathroom, look into the mirror and don’t recognize the person looking back at you. You ask yourself: “Where did that grey hair come from? Do I really look that heavy. Is that a wrinkle?” These are just some of the questions that we all eventually ask ourselves. It’s called – age. It creeps up and catches up to all of us. However, is it really all that bad? Rather than fear it, we should all embrace it. With age comes life experience, wisdom and maturity. The physical changes are a fact of life. Despite that, with proper exercise and nutrition there is no reason why age should be feared. Personally, as I have gotten older I have become more mentally and physically fit than when I was in my twenties. How is that possible? I attribute it to better focus, continuing education and life experience. Everything that we do and see, by ourselves and with others, helps us to become who we are. All experiences, whether good or bad, become templates for how we handle future endeavors.
When I look back on my life I sometimes can’t believe what I have seen and experienced. I remember the uprising of the conflict in Vietnam. I remember when Robert Kennedy was assassinated. I watched on television, when Neil Armstrong (who shares my birthday) from Apollo 11, landed on the moon. I remember televisions going from black and white to color. I remember the birth of my all time favorite band – Pink Floyd. I still have an eight track cassette of ‘Dark Side Of the Moon’. I remember the hostage terror of the Munich Olympics. I remember experiencing the magic and music of the seventies. Honestly, no one has truly lived unless they have had the chance to experience platform shoes, bell bottom pants, afro’s and perms! Ha! Ha! Awesome! I honestly went to hundreds of concerts in the seventies and eighties. I remember when cell phones came with a back pack and weighed ten pounds. I remember the explosion of electronics. My first VCR – Beta not VHS. My first CD player, which cost me $1200. I have witnessed the ongoing evolution of computers, digital media and television. The possibilities seem endless. I have been lucky enough to have received several degrees at the University Of Toronto. I have survived as a Firefighter for over 25 years. I have traveled all over the world. I have been to the most amazing continent on our planet – Africa. I have been to the top of the world – Mt. Kilimanjaro. Due to the tilt axis and elliptical shape of our planet, Mt. Kilimanjaro is closer to the Sun than Mount Everest! I have seen the majesty of the Grand Canyon. When you see it in person you feel very small. It is a place that is millions of years in the making but where time seems to stand still. My ‘Believe In Yourself – World Tour’ has taken me to several cities where I have been able to meet many fascinating individuals and forge new friendships.
Yes, I have definitely accomplished a great deal in my life. Does that make me old? No, that makes me experienced. I would not trade that experience for anything. Some people go through life and do nothing. As I’ve stated in other articles, ‘Life is about living – not existing.’
Age is definitely a state of mind. If so – ‘Why are people so wrapped up with age?’ It is definitely a cultural phenomenon. If you honestly didn’t know how old you were, how old would you feel? How do we come up with the concept of time? The revolution of the Earth around the Sun is how we define the year. A year is the time that it takes the Earth to make one revolution around the Sun – or 365.26 days to be exact. By contrast, for the planet Mars (named after the Roman god of war), one year is 686.98 days. Which is the time it takes for Mars to make one revolution around the Sun. Both the Earth and Mars rotate on their axis at approximately the same speed every 24.2 hours to represent one day. Try the following calculations:
– Determine your age in days: Y = years / M = months / D = days
Y(365.26) + M(30.44) + D = Age In Days
For the purposes of this calculation I will use the age of 51 with today’s date for a birthday:
51(365.26) + 0 (0) + 0 = 18628.26
– Age On Earth (In Days) ÷ Length Of One Year On Mars (In Days) = Actual Age On Mars
18628.26 ÷ 686.98 = 27.1
Therefore, if you were 51 years of age on earth today – you would be a young 27.1 years of age on Mars! In the laws of physics – age means nothing.
Have some fun, try the calculations on your own.
You are definitely as young as you feel. Enjoy life. Enjoy new experiences. When you ‘Believe In Yourself’, anything is possible. Stay positive and avoid negativity. Don’t ever let anyone tell you that you are to old. If someone does, ask them what planet they are from. Smile, they won’t know what you are talking about …
One important note, I would like to wish ‘myself’ a Happy Birthday today. I am 51 years of age on the planet Earth and a young 27.1 years of age on the planet Mars. Won’t it be great when planetary travel is possible? … I have never felt better. However, I’ve been told several times that I am ‘old’. It’s amazing what people who hide from their own insecurities will say. Seriously? I challenge anyone out there that believes that to a ‘friendly’ race – for charity of course …
Finally, I would like to dedicate this article to all of those out there that fear the prospect of getting old. Remember, we all get older but not everyone gains experience … One day your life will flash before your eyes … Take a deep breathe … Make sure it’s worth watching …. Always ‘Believe In Yourself’ and anything is possible … FOREVER YOUNG …