Act your age? Not me…

90_young_at_heart_button-p145795930568402624t5sj_400People say you are supposed to act your age.  On many occasions I have been accused of acting like a child or not acting my age. That’s not a bad thing in my book. People consistently guess my age as about 10 years younger than I am. I don’t mind that one bit.

I am not advocating that we all act silly, purposefully childlike and immature. Rather, think of the enthusiasm and energy that young people and children have. They see endless possibilities, are fearless, they don’t conform, and make the world cater to them instead of the other way around.Who wants to be known for being an old fogie.  Even in business, we see those who are younger and have innovative ideas that are progressive and appeal to the younger crowd. That being said, there is certainly a lot of room for wisdom that comes with age and there is real value in that. The point is that being a vibrant person is generally the kind of person that most want to be around and find interesting. This has to be a genuine part of your personality too. It is a mindset and an attitude. My mother says that she doesn’t feel her age and she is a very vibrant and energetic person.

A key in this is to stay moving in a positive manner. Stay mentally young and excited about life. What’s wrong with living with excitement and color.

Here are some ways to help you be more vibrant.

  • Be positive: Negative people and being negative will bring you down and drain the life out of you. Always having a positive outlook can help shape your character and others will be drawn to you.
  • Be a friend: A friend is one that cares about the welfare of others and listens more than he talks. A friend reaches out to others and thinks of things to do with them or for them. Without friends you will be lonely and lack the interaction that people need by nature.
  • Exercise consistently: An object in motion tends to stay in motion, so keep moving. Develop a consistent exercise program and stick with it. It will help relieve stress, give you energy and help prevent the body from breaking down. Of you don’t use it you are gonna lose it.
  • Eat right: It’s amazing how the foods (and portions) we eat contribute to our well-being. So be aware of your diet as it relates to what your body needs.You will feel better when you eat a more balanced diet that consists of foods that contribute to your health rather than eating for pleasure.
  • Laugh: Studies have shown that laughter is an important element to health and the state of our being. Some studies have shown that it can contribute to physical healing and restoration. So do it.
  • Get out of your comfort zone: If you always do what’s easy, how will you grow. Try new things, see family members you haven’t seen in a while, sign up for cooking classes, interact with people outside your normal circle, invite someone over for dinner that you normally wouldn’t, try parasailing, yoga, anything that is outside your routine. This will help round out your experiences in life and you will may be surprised at what you enjoy. My daughter and I recently did a pottery class and I really enjoyed it.
  • Have a grateful attitude: No matter how bad things are in your life, they could always be worse. We should be grateful for the opportunity to draw breath every day. And every day will consist of what you make of it, so be thankful for what you have and for the people in your life.

So, stay young at heart and excited about the adventures of everyday life.  You will be glad you did and have a fuller life and so will those around you.

Ignite your passion!

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