What is Age?

Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.      

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

I’ve been contemplating age recently more than ever, maybe as I am approaching my 55 birthday (half way through!!) I was trying to work out in my mind what age really means in our western culture, and at what age are we classed as old?

I came across this inspirational quote, one of many but the one that really resonated with me

“Age is no barrier, it is a limitation you put on your mind!”

What a fantastic quote from one of the all time great women athletes Jackie Joyner- Kersee .

Age I believe really is all in the mind and the more barriers we put upon ourselves the less we do or achieve.

This week Madonna age 61 has just released a new track, I’ve got to say I actually think its one of her best ever, the latin vibe really gets those hips swinging.

Also last weekend Eileen Noble finished the Virgin London Marathon age 84 years old! What an incredible achievement.

However not all of us (including myself currently) are able or blessed with such rude health, but we can still believe, dream and achieve. Whatever your dream is go for it. If you weren’t able to fulfil all your goals when younger, due to work, family commitments or lack of finance well maybe now’s your time.

I often think what will I look back on when I’m older? I think it will be the experiences the travel and the good times with loved ones, not how big your house is or how much you have in the bank.

The best time to do anything is always now.

So if you’ve always wanted to go to the Far East and walk the Great Wall of China, or go on a canal barge down the waterways of Oxford or take up a new hobby, then now is the right time.

  There are people who are old at 30 and those that are young at 80, age should never be a barrier, however as we age its more important than ever to keep ourselves healthy, both physically and mentally.

There’s much research end evidence being collated currently as we are living in an ageing world, where by there has never been as many people over 50 living on the planet.

 I’ve mentioned it before but there are key components to ageing well and one of the best authorities on the process is the writer and commentator on ageing Dan Beuttner and his BLUEZONES books www.bluezones.com

But remember its up to you how you age its one of the things that you really can influence immensely with a healthy lifestyle.

So go for that walk…

Meet that friend for a coffee…

Write that book…

And if you feel like it

Walk up that mountain there’s no time like the present!

Have a wonderful week ladies

Best wishes

Lesley Greenwood Psychotherapist/ health counsellor