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Thoughts on getting old vs aging

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  • PhirrgusPhirrgus Posts: 1,904Member Member Posts: 1,904Member Member

    Jonathon Sullivan also has a YouTube channel. Entertaining and informative as well. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwNjgwAS3wBBxcwouQz5J9w
    @alteredsteve175 - I started listening to him this morning. Excellent recommendation, thank you sir 👍
  • alteredsteve175alteredsteve175 Posts: 1,686Member Member Posts: 1,686Member Member
    Phirrgus wrote: »

    Jonathon Sullivan also has a YouTube channel. Entertaining and informative as well. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwNjgwAS3wBBxcwouQz5J9w
    @alteredsteve175 - I started listening to him this morning. Excellent recommendation, thank you sir 👍

    Glad you like it. Sullivan is a no BS kind of guy. Very straightforward, and supports his advice with logic.
  • aokoyeaokoye Posts: 3,402Member Member Posts: 3,402Member Member
    This seems rather apropos


    And the write up from The Atlantic. No, not all of them are doing various forms of exercise, but on the outside, I wouldn't be so unhappy if that's what 95 looked like for me.
  • PhirrgusPhirrgus Posts: 1,904Member Member Posts: 1,904Member Member
    aokoye wrote: »
    This seems rather apropos


    And the write up from The Atlantic. No, not all of them are doing various forms of exercise, but on the outside, I wouldn't be so unhappy if that's what 95 looked like for me.
    That video is fantastic :D Loved listening to the quips LOL. Thanks for posting that :)
  • ufonutufonut Posts: 38Member Member Posts: 38Member Member
    It was the baseball great Satchel Paige who said. “If you didn’t know how old you were, how old would you be?” Here’s the thing...do we really know our potential at any age?!? I think the answer for everyone is that we don’t; mentally, physically, or spiritually. At 56 I choose to ignore that number and see what performance my body is capable of achieving - because you just never know how far you can go - then push yourself even further. What a fantastic journey of discovery that can be - especially in this age where you have instant access to information that can assist you in that journey.
  • PhirrgusPhirrgus Posts: 1,904Member Member Posts: 1,904Member Member
    jan110144 wrote: »
    74 here. I am very active (even more so this past year.) My position is that you are lucky to get old, but how fast you "age" is to a great extent w/in your control. So many people I know who are my age have self-imposed limitations that stem from what they believe they can or cannot do "at their age".
    Even at my age ;) 59

    A much younger relative asked me, jokingly, what she had to do to get "as old as me". I said it's easy. Don't die. :)
  • PhirrgusPhirrgus Posts: 1,904Member Member Posts: 1,904Member Member
    ufonut wrote: »
    It was the baseball great Satchel Paige who said. “If you didn’t know how old you were, how old would you be?” Here’s the thing...do we really know our potential at any age?!? I think the answer for everyone is that we don’t; mentally, physically, or spiritually. At 56 I choose to ignore that number and see what performance my body is capable of achieving - because you just never know how far you can go - then push yourself even further. What a fantastic journey of discovery that can be - especially in this age where you have instant access to information that can assist you in that journey.

    I wish everyone in our age group looked at it like that. 👍
  • vanityy99vanityy99 Posts: 996Member Member Posts: 996Member Member
    Phirrgus wrote: »
    jan110144 wrote: »
    74 here. I am very active (even more so this past year.) My position is that you are lucky to get old, but how fast you "age" is to a great extent w/in your control. So many people I know who are my age have self-imposed limitations that stem from what they believe they can or cannot do "at their age".
    Even at my age ;) 59

    A much younger relative asked me, jokingly, what she had to do to get "as old as me". I said it's easy. Don't die. :)

    Is that a recent pic of yourself? If so you might’ve found the youth fountain, where’s it at don’t be stingy ...Just kidding, but seriously I guess it just good genes, diet and exercise?
  • PhirrgusPhirrgus Posts: 1,904Member Member Posts: 1,904Member Member
    vanityy99 wrote: »
    Phirrgus wrote: »
    jan110144 wrote: »
    74 here. I am very active (even more so this past year.) My position is that you are lucky to get old, but how fast you "age" is to a great extent w/in your control. So many people I know who are my age have self-imposed limitations that stem from what they believe they can or cannot do "at their age".
    Even at my age ;) 59

    A much younger relative asked me, jokingly, what she had to do to get "as old as me". I said it's easy. Don't die. :)

    Is that a recent pic of yourself? If so you might’ve found the youth fountain, where’s it at don’t be stingy ...Just kidding, but seriously I guess it just good genes, diet and exercise?

    @vanityy99 Wow, you just made my whole week! Thank you! That's a year old or so and yeah, have to thank my mother for the Gene's lol. The diet and exercise is a daily thing,
    Yes ...and just trying to keep the soul light and hope the rest follows.

    You really did put a little extra spring in my step this morning ❤🙂
  • TonyB0588TonyB0588 Posts: 8,297Member Member Posts: 8,297Member Member
    When I was a teenager I worked at a nursery gardens - run by a man from his wheelchair, whose dad was cycling everywhere and mending chimneys at 86. Both amazing role models for concentrating on what you CAN do - whatever your obstacles. I certainly aim to be cycling and climbing (hills not ladders on chimneys) at 86.

    My original mfp aim was ‘to be fit at fifty’ (I’m 54 now so ‘fit in fifties’ more apt now - but it will ‘to be be fit at 86’ too!)

    I have my own obstacles (i have chronic fatigue syndrome - still getting better and luckily for me no fibromyalgia) but as the nursery gardener showed you can have significant health issues and obstacles and still be fit and positive.... And I aim for this.

    So whilst my need for daily siestas sometimes make me feel like I am in my 70s - my daily (carefully, boringly, energy managed) dog walking, yoga, music lessons and practise, and occasional cycling/biking /gardening ensure I feel and am a lot healthier than many others in their 50s....

    Wow!! You had amazing role models.
  • rdthomsrdthoms Posts: 61Member Member Posts: 61Member Member
    When I was in late 40's and training for tough mudder this was my motivation:
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  • PhirrgusPhirrgus Posts: 1,904Member Member Posts: 1,904Member Member
    rdthoms wrote: »
    I want to be one of these guys...
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    Just Awesome 🙂
  • PhirrgusPhirrgus Posts: 1,904Member Member Posts: 1,904Member Member
    rdthoms wrote: »
    When I was in late 40's and training for tough mudder this was my motivation:

    Geezedude...I feel for the poor sap that makes excuses in front of that guy...
  • ttippie2000ttippie2000 Posts: 456Member, Premium Member Posts: 456Member, Premium Member
    The way I think of it, when you are young you train for fun or glory or excitement. Later you train because it centers you and makes you complete. Still later you train to remain healthy. Eventually you train to fight against your greatest opponent, age, the one who stalks us all. Your greatest opponent will be age.
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