I’m over getting older. I’m not just saying that. I mean it quite literally. I am over getting older. At the age of thirty-eight, I have far more vitality than I did ten years ago. In fact, I’m getting younger by the day. Just yesterday, I danced and moved my body more vigorously than I ever have for several hours straight. When it was over, I was flooded with energy, far more than the amount of energy I started with. That never used to happen to me. Of course, linear time continues to occur outside of my control, and each moment that passes is one moment closer to my physical death, but other than that, my aging process has reversed itself. This is not genetics. And it’s certainly not because I have an exceptional body. If anything, as a paraplegic, not having the use of the lower half of my body puts me at a distinct disadvantage in terms of aging. It is a result of my evolving attitude towards my aging. I now understand that each and every passing moment creates an opportunity to either lose vitality or gain vitality. It’s all a matter of choice.
My body will immediately respond to whatever I tell it, whether I’m aware of the communication or not. When I feel myself starting to drag, I often find myself thinking, “I don’t have time to do anything about this,” or “there’s nothing I can do about my energy dragging,” without even realizing I’m thinking these thoughts. But my body knows I’ve sent those messages to it, and it responds accordingly, with even less energy. If you feel yourself getting older, I can guarantee you that you have the same thoughts, and you have them frequently. My anti-aging process has involved gradually learning how to bring my awareness to how my mind and body are communicating. I don’t always catch myself when I start dragging or spacing out, but I’m way better at doing so than I used to be. Once I notice it, there is always something that needs to be done. I check in with myself to see how aware of my breathing I am, whether I’m hungry, dehydrated, fixated on something, or if I need some sunshine, movement, etc. There are a thousand ways I can increase my energy, but only one way I can decrease it, which is to do nothing at all.
I’m sure in the next decade or so, we’ll see sophisticated little gadgets that monitor our bodies and make text messages pop up on our iPhone 15s, telling us when we need to drink water, shake our hips, breathe more fully or take in some sunlight, and more people will start experiencing more vitality as a result. But for now, all that information is inside you. Once I hit thirty-eight, I decided I was good on this whole aging thing. I’m taking it upon myself to get younger from now on. I invite you to do the same.