Maintaining A Youthful Spirit

“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” – Franz Kafka

The video of this wonderful grandmother brings a smile to my face every time I watch it. Not only is she just the sweetest thing I have ever seen, but what I love about her the most is her youthful spirit. I am a firm believer that age is nothing but a number. It is a concept that succeeds at making us believe  we need to give certain things up as we get older. Whether it’s trading in our sense of humor for a more serious way of thinking, or sacrificing our sense of adventure out of fear that others will think we’re crazy, we are always convincing ourselves that our age should somehow dictate how we behave.

“Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years.  We grow old by deserting our ideals.  Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.’  -Samuel Ullman

I say let’s keep our youthful enthusiasm and spirit for as long as we possibly can! Stop telling yourself you’re too old to do and be what you want. Keep smiling and laugh when you feel like it. Breath in all that life has to offer as you tackle the day with energy and youthful vigor. We are only as old as we feel, so be silly, be curious and continue to be as creative as you were when you looked at the world through 5-year-old eyes. It is possible to maintain a youthful spirit, you just have to make the conscious decision to think young.

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” -Sophia Loren

Remember that there are still adventures to be had, still lessons to be learned, and powerful transformations yet to be experienced. Think young and reinvent your spirit each and every day. As Mark Twain said, “Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” As we get older we tend to resent the way we look. We find ourselves making comments like “I used to be handsome” or “I used to be so active”. Getting older doesn’t mean you that you cease to be what you once were. We are still the same person inside and we can reclaim that person anytime we want. Older individuals tend to love story telling. They enjoy sharing their life experiences with younger folks because it’s almost like they get to relive the experience all over again. Why not tap into that energy more often? Think young more and reconnect with that energy and aliveness you once had. Take a risk and try to do something you once did when you were younger. What would it be like to dance salsa again with your partner? What would it be like to put on a red dress and get dolled up? You’re not too old. You’ve got a lot of life yet to live. The problem is you have to start believing that you too deserve to live life to the fullest.

Live life to the fullest by extinguishing the idea that you are too old to live the life that you want. Break free of this limiting belief and permit yourself to get reacquainted with that younger version of yourself that always saw possibility. That version of you that knew how to live because they did the things that made their hearts sing. While our faces will surely carry a wrinkle or two as time goes by, our spirit has the potential to remain ageless. The ship has not sailed when it comes to maintaining a youthful spirit. Your youth has been waiting patiently for you at the dock this whole time. Step into your power today reconnecting with that youthful spirit. There is no time like now to realize that you’ve still got it in you to be young at heart. Keep living and take it from the beauty in the video above, life is still fun no matter your age.

Ambition In The City

 

5 comments

  1. I love this post. What a wonderful perspective and lesson in your writing. That grandma reminded me of my own. If only we all could stay so connected with the things that make our heart smile and our spirit soar. Age really doesn’t have anything to do with it does it?

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