Stop looking too old for your age!

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Many years ago when I went away from my village in pursuit of an education, I left behind, a number of young boys and girls. Shortly afterwards, when I returned home, hardly did I recognize many of them. They looked old; were married; and had children. Actually they were not old. They only looked old.

This brings us to a sad reality of life. Some people look old when they are not. At less than twenty, they look old and worn out. On the other hand, there are others who look forever young and strong although in reality they are old. At sixty they look as if they were forty or less.

looking so old!I launched the topic of aging on this site to get people to explain why some people age rather fast while others remain for ever young. Many pertinent reasons were given. You can read them here. To summarize the various views given, many of those who participated in the discussion talked about one’s state of mind, lifestyle, thoughts, the environment, alcohol, drugs, poverty, being in an abusive relationship, money, hard life, passion for one’s dreams, plastic surgery, etc as factors that make one either look older or younger than one is.
I got inspired by that sharing and appreciate those who took off time to participate in the discussion. Let me share with you a talk I gave on radio a SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESfew years back on aging. You may find it enlightening as far as this topic is concerned.
I began by saying poverty was a major factor in making people look old when in reality they are not. I was drawing from the experience and reality around me. The content of one’s pocket determines to a great degree, one’s quality of life. If your pocket has holes, so to speak, there will be more chances that age will take on you early. You will find many young but poor people looking very old.
Experts give us some intriguing insights into the issue of aging. They say the older one is, the more slowly one ages; and physically we don’t change as much from thirty to forty as we do from twenty-five to thirty; or from fifty-five to seventy-five as from forty to fifty-five.
They say different parts of our bodies grow old at different rates. Our eyes begin to age at ten; our hearing at twenty and by thirty our muscular strength has passed its peak. That’s why footballers beyond thirty are often considered too old to play.
One of the most striking revelations they make is that our minds are still young and growing at fifty; but do not reach their zenith until around 60? This explains why retirement for University Professors is at 65. After that, these experts tell us, mental efficiency declines very slowly right up to the age of eighty; and at eighty, one can just be as mentally productive as one was at thirty; and knows a lot more too.

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To go by the experts, older people often suffer some loss of memory but creative imagination is ageless. “What’s more,’ they say, “with age we develop insight and perspective. Our judgment and reasoning powers improve.” We gather a wealth of experience that is useful in tackling the tough problems of life. In short, with age comes wisdom. Hence, the older lawyer, the experienced worker will usually outdo the younger more vigorous one in the field.
It is intriguing that some young people are carried away by the idea of looking older than they really are. The reason is they want to be considered as mature and respected. Thus, they dress to look older. Ironically, much later, these same people do not want to be seen as old. They want to be seen as younger than they are.DSCN0486
Some people actually remain young-looking as they grow old. If they tell you what age they are, you will hardly believe it.
How can we explain this? What accounts for their youthful appearance? What is the formula for staying youthful as you grow old?
Some experts say the secret is: to concentrate on the part of you that is still growing. Here they mean your brain. They ask that you keep your mind awake and you’ll stay young all over. They also advise that you take an interest in the world around you and make a point of learning one new thing every day.
YOUR STAE OF MINDPsychologists talk of two contrasting personality types among people of the middle thirties. Some men and women, they say, are constantly broadening their interests. They read newspapers and magazines, listen to radio and watch television and get busy with creative hobbies especially those that involve the use of their hands as well as their brains.
On the other hand, others at thirty-five slump into a dull routine. Day after day, they do their job, get back home, have dinner, glance at the evening paper, listen to radio or watch television briefly and go to bed. There’s no fun in their lives.
Without fun, age is fast to come. Hence, while people of the first type grow younger with increasing years, those of the second group grow older than their years. If the latter do not change, they’ll be old at forty-five.
We thus can say that looking young or old depends very much on us as individuals; what we do; and factors such as our environment, education and social status. Many of us put age on our faces. If we make ourselves old in the mind, of course, our physical bodies will go with our minds. This means we will look old.
Staying young is easy for those who live in the future. The moment you tell yourself ‘it’s over for me in life’, for sure, it will be. You will begin to look old. If, on the other hand, you tell yourself that your future is still ahead of you, and actually mean it, it doesn’t matter how many candles you have burnt, you will continue to look young even as you grow old.


Our habits play a big part in making us look old or young. These include our health, feeding, and drinking habits, who we associate with, and what we live for. They are all very important. If you are clean, keep your body clean, and wear clean, smart clothes, you will look young. If you are dirty and dress like an old man or woman, nothing can make you look young.
One of my secrets of staying young-looking is to interact a lot with young Camera 360people. I draw strength and fresh ideas from them and they keep my mind and body young and fresh.
Indeed, the list of things that can make one look older or younger than one is can be long and inexhaustible. The long and short of it is looking older than we are or younger than we are depends on us. It depends on our thoughts, our habits, our actions, our lifestyle and our environment especially the people we associate with.
No one can dispute that looking younger than we really are rather than older than we really are is better. It shows that we are living a good life.
We, therefore, have to know those things that make us look older than we really are and avoid them; and do those things that will keep us looking young as we grow old

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26 thoughts on “Stop looking too old for your age!

            1. They inspire me. You sound to me like a true friend. It’s natural that we like people who have faith in us isn’t it? who believe in us.When I read your words I see someone I can and should trust. Someone with whom I can journey on the net to impact the world. You know no one can go far alone with the work we are doing. We need others. We must work as a team.Gradually, day by day God is building teams for his work by putting on our path people with whom to journey. If we don’t help them, they will hep us; and better still we will help each other.I easily identify those God is putting on my path to journey with so that we support, help, inspire, and encourage each other. You are definitely one of them to me. Do you like my answer? What do you say?

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              1. 😳 thank you to believe in me. Even I wish to impact the world through the net and my physical presence. And I also believe in teamwork. That is why I join the Moral Value Story blog though it is still under revamping.

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              2. 😳 thank you to believe in me. Even I wish to impact the world through my talents. And I also believe in teamwork too. Even I am looking for those whom I can journey together to have the support from each other to inspire, encourage and motivate to live for God.

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  1. katerzyna

    I look younger than I really am and so does my sister. She’s 37 but people give her 5-7 years less when asked to guess her age. It’s also partly thanks to the genes and, well, all you’ve mentioned. Most of our lives we spent in the country. : ) Different pace of life, atmosphere, different food (no fast food), a lot of places to visit cycling, going for long walks – that was all a part of my routine before I went to study at uni.
    By the way, the photos are amazing and bursting with youth. 🙂

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    1. Oh! A beautiful comment Katerzyna. Makes me love to visit that beautiful country of yours. I can see you bustling with life. My regards to your sister. My need to be appreciated is met. Thanks a million. Keep those loving words of yours flowing and touching hearts and minds.LOL!.

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  2. A very interesting post. I look younger than my age and believe the prime factors are genetic and keeping an active and creative mind. Added to that, I’m a positive person always looking to the future, as you mentioned in your post. Now, at the age of 53, I work to keep myself fit, with plenty of fresh air, excercise and a healthy diet. There are, indeed, many factors which help to keep us youthful!

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  3. I really like what you did here. You spent one post asking your readers for their thoughts on what makes a person look younger or older than their real age. You then incorporated the reader’s answers into this post, summarizing their thoughts and adding your own, and then drawing some general conclusions as to what makes us not look our age. I may “borrow” this approach for a post I’d Iike to do.

    I thought your comment about spending time with young people to keep looking youthful was an interesting one. Being an older mother to 2 teens does keep me alert, on my toes, and exposed to teen slang, fashion, popular teen culture, and the latest trends and fashions. On the other hand, I swear it has also brought its share of new grey hairs, worrying about them and the kinds of decisions they sometimes make that show the risks they are exposed to, many of which that did not exist when I was their age.

    Another excellent post. Well written and very thought provoking.

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    1. Thank you Sharon. I appreciate your compliment. I am happy that this inspires you. I think we should do this more often. Coming to working with young people, I discovered this when I worked at public radio. I worked with young people for about two months every year training them. I drew a lot of inspiration, energy and freshness from them. Although you might not have it easy with the kids, its definitely much better when you give your time to them. Think of where you would have been spending your time; what you would have been doing; who you would have been with and what you would have been discussing. People of your age group almost all the times. You can see where that leads you. We usually say birds of a feather flock together. Stay with the young people and draw some newness from them. I believe in this I have seen it work. Great day Sharon!

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