Are you declining with age, or are you choosing to evolve?
I grew up with the belief that growing old meant declining. It was the logical thinking most have that the body loses its flexibility and the memory gets foggy after one reaches a certain age. This belief was indisputable; it was considered a fact of life.
It went something like this: “When you’re past your peak age of 45-50, you’re going to grow old and go downhill.” Whatever achievements you had gained up until then, that was it, and there was no space for anything new. People still say things like, “Oh, I’m too old to learn a language,” or “I’m too old to start skiing,” or even “I can't lose weight anymore because I’m old.”
The general consensus is that growing old means becoming weak, slow, senile, overweight, and wrinkled.
This worldview used to be my old mindset before I began my evolution.
I can remember gaining stubborn pounds once I passed middle age. I also went through a memory decline. My skin began to lose its freshness and my body became increasingly weaker and achy. When I woke up in the morning, it was normal to feel achy. “It’s age,” I would say to myself. Perhaps the worst was how much I was embedded in the past in terms of my thoughts and habits.
My update began with the practice of meditation, training my mind with the intention of finding a way to deal with the incessant torrent of thoughts. This method initiated a spiritual revolution that invited me to leave the past behind and live in the now, where everything is happening. I conceived a new concept of self-love and a new possibility of infinite potential and neuroplasticity behind the nature of our being.
I went on to take that new route of continuous growth. What happened as a result was an amazing transformation that began in my early 40s. I grew physically stronger than I ever had been, I shed pounds I never was able to before, and toned and shaped my body to my desire. I stopped needing glasses to see far or near. I began skiing, oil painting, and even improve my mathematical abilities. I learned virtues such as discipline, perseverance, patience, and more. Today, I can confidently say that my potential just began to expand after my 40s, and I’m not planning to stop. Recently, a friend of mine told me, “You polished yourself; you went through evolution.”
“That’s exactly my motto,” I replied. “I believe in evolution.”
What is Evolution?
The dictionary defines evolution as “the gradual development of something, from a simple or worse to a higher, more complex, or better state.” It’s also defined as “a scientific theory explaining the appearance of new species.”
Years ago, it was a considered fact that the earth was flat. The speed a human could run, according to the logic of older times, has been surpassed. Within my culture, was the common belief that young children weren’t intelligent and shouldn’t be expected to have important achievements until they reach a certain age. Today, I know this is absolutely false. My six-year-old son can ice skate better than I do; he can skate backwards and even do three turns spinning. He can swim front crawl, back crawl, and even dive. He plays tennis well enough that he can initiate with a proper serve technique from a tennis court baseline and can even play against an adult. He’s also a better skier than his dad or me at a faster speed than we can ski. This, for me, is the result of evolution.
A new species of humans begins when we stop putting limits on what we can or cannot do. We hear this from great motivational speakers, and it sounds cute and inspiring, but we continue to doubt ourselves. Today, I want to remind you of your power, and I want to challenge you to continue to grow into the best version of yourself, regardless of your age.
How to step into evolution
Prioritize your body’s wellbeing. If you’re not yet eating optimally, changing your entire diet for a high quality one is essential for transformation. No matter how much you go the gym, if you aren’t eating properly, you won’t achieve the transformation you’re aiming for.
Exercising the body is vital for acquire new strength. For exercise, I don’t mean you have to spend countless hours in the gym. Choose an active lifestyle or, at the very least, 10 minutes of concentrated exercise every day will be enough. You’ll be gaining new strength every day. The problem is not in convincing your body to exercise or eat well; the challenge is only in convincing your mind that you can do it. Strengthen your body, shape it, and see for yourself, how strong and beautiful you can grow at any age. I’m not saying it will be easy, but I know it’s worth it.
Your mental health is vital. Nourish it with daily meditation. Daily meditation is not to be understood as strictly reciting a mantra. Conscious thinking or breathing can be enough if done daily. Scientific studies have proven that meditation has the power to change your brain’s neural network, and it’s an excellent stress reliever as well.
Learn something new such as a new language, a new sport, or any new ability. This will keep your brain developing.
Befriend technology. Computers are such an important part of our society, as well as the world’s social networks by improving our communication. Don’t become stubborn to how things were done in the good old days, these are the better new days, and you’re still part of it.
Older days music was excellent, no doubt. The 60's, 70's and 80's were such a fantastic time, but 2018 music is as enjoyable. Don't remain living only in "ghost town"; renew yourself and enjoy the music of the here and the now.
Come alive. Be willing to enjoy your life until the very last drop, by staying strong and healthy. Keep on polishing your life, and don’t be afraid to expand your horizon, regardless of your age.
You don’t have to finish your life in a nursing home barely able to move your body. That belongs to an older generation, and you are a new evolved human. I know that because you’re reading this, you must have a strong belief in the power of will and hope for a better you. I can bet that you’re ambitious and always looking for ways to grow.
There are many more things you can do to initiate your evolution, but just the ones I’ve already mentioned will have the power to make you unrecognizable and your best version yet, no matter your age. I guarantee it.
Establish new goals today and rejuvenate; go for it.