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Old 19-02-2018, 08:30 AM
Nitiananda Nitiananda is offline
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About old age and inconstancy

A person inevitably grows old ... Do many really recognize this obvious fact? Young people, and even those who are already in the years, probably think: "I'm still young and I'm far from old."

According to statistics, only 50% of elderly people after the age of 70 recognize themselves as old, although up to this point such an idea has come to 80% of them. In other words, most people are gradually beginning to notice that they are old, only after 70 years. Moreover, the remaining 20% ​​even at this age do not recognize that they are old.

But let's think: since birth to all people, we have to slowly but surely grow old, moving from birth to death. Even if you are young and proud now your healthy and beautiful body, nevertheless, it grows old constantly, step by step, with every movement of the second hand of the clock.

For example, the ability of the eye to accommodation (adaptation of the lens of the lens to the viewing of objects at different distances) begins to decline from the age of ten.

Moreover, intellectual development reaches a maximum of 20-25 years, after which the intellect gradually weakens. Aging begins unexpectedly early and happens so that you do not even notice it at first. But over time your smooth skin becomes wrinkled, dark and thick hair turns gray, you bend, your eyes fade, and so on. Someday it must happen. Or, more precisely, you are aging right now, at this very moment.
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Old 19-02-2018, 09:13 AM
OEN34 OEN34 is offline
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Good post, and it is something I am thinking more of recently, so very apt indeed!
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Old 21-03-2018, 10:48 PM
Rain95 Rain95 is offline
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The person does not grow old. the body does. I guess how much a being is identified with the body and it's mind (person) determines how old it feels. A person accumulating for 80 years or so...that's a lot of stuff....but then we can free ourselves of stuff as well. We can be empty and brand new no matter how old the body is.
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Old 22-03-2018, 08:33 AM
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I'm 80 and I'm the happiest person I know. I don't feel old but do of course notice certain things which affect me physically - but normal really - and I tend to have to be careful of things such as turning the water or cooker off. My main difficulty is understanding that I'm still alive and well. Most of my friends and relatives are vanishing. But being old is lovely. It's the best time of my life (for me personally).

There's a certain solidity about being old. There's not much that can happen in the world that I haven't seen before. When I see my grandchildren, happy and balanced lads and lasses who have this wonderful world in front of them my heart rejoices.

This universe is fantastic.

Life is really worthwhile.

But it has to be earned.
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Old 22-03-2018, 09:05 AM
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It all comes down how we feel, and who determines what is old and what is not.
I just crossed the 70 mark. Does this place me in the category of "Scheintod"?

As I said, it comes down how I feel, and when my friends (non physical) are around me, this is most of the time, then I feel around 40 or so. And once or twice when they weren't there I thought, I really feel my age.
Otherwise life is great, and easy.
I would be happy to go tomorrow but if I have to stay than I stay.
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Old 22-03-2018, 09:51 AM
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Age is mind over matter. If you don't mind it doesn't matter
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