I spent my 27th birthday in Uganda visiting the Karamojong tribe, where life is difficult for these beautiful people. An estimated 250 out of 1,000 Karamojong babies will die before their fifth birthday. You’re considered lucky to reach 18 years old.
Spending time in a place where death is so normal, you start to see your own life from a different perspective. That year on my birthday, I decided I never wanted to complain about getting older because so many people don’t have that luxury.
Today I celebrate 31 years of life. And I think I have some answers for those out there who hate the idea of getting older.
There can be a few reasons to hate aging…
- You associate getting old with being sick, too tired, and not able to do the things you once loved.
- You feel that you’ve wasted your life and wish you could be young again to have a chance to start over.
- You think being old means you’re no longer beautiful.
Can I just tell you now..
Those are lies.
You think being old means you can’t do anything? For his 70th birthday, Jack LaLanne swam a mile and a half through the Long Beach Harbor while towing a flotilla of 70 boats. With his hands and feet shackled, no less. Eat healthy, stay active, get adjusted, and treat your body with respect. If you take care of your body, you have no reason to fear old age.
Are you living with regrets? Don’t. Everything you go through is part of your story and every day you can make a fresh start. Even on a Thursday.
You think being old means you’re not beautiful? You’re wrong. Live with gratitude, learn to be comfortable in your own skin, and smile a lot. No one who does that could ever be ugly.
Every year you’re alive is another year you get to make a difference. Not everyone is given that same opportunity…enjoy it!