I know. It is not easy to think about my future old self. In fact, I try to avoid this thought because it gives me the creeps. The prospects of ending up old, bed ridden, and helpless like my ancestors once did are unsettling, yet I remind myself that it does not have to be that way.
I do not know when it will be my time to leave this life, so I better appreciate what every day brings me – the good, the bad, and the ugly. I live every day, but I will die one day.
“Everything that surrounds me grows older with time: Stars are born and explode, rocks turn into dust, trees grow and fall, animals live and die, but the energy keeps passing onto new lives or forms. By the principles of life and science it is simply not possible to stop aging.”Monica Feldman, Founder
My longevity impacts how I live, work, and play. It is not only the number of years I expect to live, but more about the quality of my life. Do I want to live to 100 years? Maybe not unless I am in such great physical and mental shape that it is worth living that long.
The last thing that I want to do is to follow strict daily routines, a rigid lifestyle, hypercontrolled healthcare, restrictive diets, or life limitations for the sake of living ten additional years, especially if I do not get to have joy in life.
Even if I decided to be hypervigilant about trying to live as long as possible, there is no guarantee that I will not be hit and killed by a car, die in an airplane crash, be diagnosed with an aggressive cancer that cannot be cured, or be a victim of a nasty epidemic. Then, why worry about reaching the oldest possible age by missing the pleasures, challenges, and experiences that life is uniquely presenting to me?
As an enthusiastic individual and follower of the topic of longevity, I came to realize that simple and easy daily interventions can make a dramatic difference not only in my quality of life, but also in promoting a more joyful and promising longevity.
I did not get to choose when and where I was born, my genetic makeup, or my childhood environment. Yet, some people from all spectrums of life have been able to make it to good old age – rich or poor, urban or rural, etc. There is no special longevity recipe that fits all. It is a unique and personalized journey. I cannot even compare my longevity against that of my biological siblings or parents.
So, what gives? It comes down to the outlook that I have about my life. I rule and control what I do or I don’t do to make the most out of it despite difficult circumstances.
Many longevity experts tend to focus on the biological aspects of aging, yet the mindset on how we approach life is also at the core of it all. For example, my mindset helps me determine what steps I need to or not to take about living. If my state of mind is not right, then I may not follow health recommendations, reduce my stress, or find my sense of purpose in life leading to a good longevity.
The brain is the most powerful part of our bodies.
It controls all our functions. Our mind lives in the brain and it is the most influential thing ever in life. Our mind via the brain tells us how to behave, how to react, how to endure tricky situations, how to have fun, what risks to take, etc. It can help us rule our longevity journey.
With that said, I present you with my “Grin Reaper” by Longevity Ruler. It represents my unique journey in life and reminds me about it every day. It helps me both rule and measure with a simple ruler my longevity, and primarily from the mindset point of view.
Join the conversation and meet your grin reaper!
Monica Feldman, Founder
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