Ageing Positively

‘It’s not how old you are but how you are old.’ 

Jules Renard 

In 2020 when Captain Sir Thomas Moore came onto our tv screens as he walked around his garden raising a stupendous amount of money for NHS charities, (approximately £33 million) I was amazed. I was amazed at his spirit, his determination and his willingness to help others at the age of 100. What an inspiration to us all showing us that age is just a case of mind over matter if you don’t mind it doesn’t matter. 

Often, I see videos of people who are really pushing themselves physically in their 70’s 80’s 90’s and in Captain Sir Thomas Moore’s case when he was 100 years old. I always wander what they have done all their life to prepare them to continue their passions and to simply keep on moving. 

Have they kept themselves fit and healthy eating well and regularly exercising?

Is it a can-do attitude that keeps them going and enjoying life? 

Is it that they accept their limits and say oh well I will just do my version and my version is good enough?  

Whatever our age we can all continue to learn, challenge ourselves and enjoy. Sadly, like many I have lost people before it was their time and so I am grateful for every birthday, every place I visit and memory that I make with friend and family.  

Age can be a funny thing as people have expectations of what you should be capable of doing at a certain age, but whilst knowing our limits is important it is equally important to make sure we push ourselves to continue to achieve, whilst not comparing ourselves to others. We are our own person with our own hopes and dreams whatever our age.

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