WHEN AGE KNEW NO BOUNDS

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“Age is an issue of mind over matter.If you don’t mind it doesn’t matter”-Mark Twain.Wrinkles become evident only when you smile.Wine improves with age,the older it gets,the better it tastes.Its just the perspective that’s important.So don’t run after rejuvenation but rediscovery of your own self.

Age being just a number is axiomatic.One’s prerogative or passion shouldn’t alter on reaching a certain age.Amitabh Bachchan still sets the stage on fire by his moves and jiggles,Sir Anthony Hopkins still make the silver screen appear more glittering in one appearence.Be it Salman Rushdie or Mo Yan,U2 or Eminem,Nelson Mandela or Aung San Su Kyi,Naina Lal Kidwai or Oprah Winfrey,for them the passing days add on more and more love which they have for their work as growing number of leaves on a tree.Age makes one,experienced,mature,understandable,patient and decisive.If not true,then why do companies ask for “years of experience” at the time of recruitment.Youth is often a sign of immaturity and angst.People now a days put emphasis on young leaders and young minds because they expect an outburst of fresh energy and ideas in their often slow-moving enterprise but at the same time these young minds tend to make reckless and irreparable mistakes.We saw their hypocrisy and indolence and realized, “He knows the water best who has waded through it”.Therefore a clear negation or defeat of this very idea of ‘youthful so hopeful’ can be seen in terms of the Indian politics or even in general.

“Tonight,We are young; So let’s set the world on fire, we can burn brighter, than the sun”. We are frisky,crazy,indecisive in the full bloom of youth.It’s tough to differentiate between right and wrong.Prone to all the vices present around us we let others take control over ourselves.In the pursuit of pleasure we destroy our life,reputation and reason.In the desperate attempt to escape from torturing memories, from a sense of insupportable loneliness and a dread of some strange impending doom we indulge in sex and drugs only to realize later that those are still lurking in a corner of our mind. Young people try drugs for many reasons including relaxation, socialising, curiosity or peer pressure. Alcohol, tobacco and cannabis are the most commonly used drugs by teenagers. Around one in five teenagers have tried cannabis at least once. The desire for pleasure or an instant ‘buzz’ overrides other considerations such as the likelihood of harm to the user or the potential overspill into other areas of their lives. This also includes the consequences of their actions upon others, for example their parents, other members of their family or friends.

Gia Marie Carangi was an American fashion model during the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was featured on the cover of fashion magazines, including four international editions of Vogue and multiple issues of Cosmopolitan between 1979 and 1982.During these years, she also appeared in advertising campaigns for fashion houses, including Armani, Christian Dior, Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent.After she became addicted to heroin, Carangi’s modeling career rapidly declined. She later contracted HIV and died of AIDS-related complications at the age of 26. One can never think of deserting their family,fame or love when they are mature and experienced.

Earlier it was believed that some of our brain cells died off on growing older.But recent experiments have shown that we not only hang on to our neurons but we grow new ones too.According to a study prepared for the Brookings Institute by Sumit Agarwal,an economist,at Federal Reserve Bank,Chicago,the middle-aged make smarter money decisions than their younger counterparts. I had once read Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story, “Dr. Heideggar’s Experiment” which was about a doctor who claimed to have been sent water from the fountain of youth.In the story,he had invited four of his friends who were old and had the lust for rejuvenation .During their youth,the four “venerable” friends gave into the various vices.Now wizened in old age,they laugh at the idea that they would commit the same follies if given another opportunity to be young.However,with one taste of Dr. Heideggar’s youth serum,they do exactly that.Hawthorne’s use of the word “venerable” must be ironic,as the characters do not demonstrate the seriousness that the word conveys.Juvenile,amateur and inexperienced people cannot even understand or fathom the depth which older people can.They have seen the seasons come and go for quite a long time.They have seen a whole generation come and develop before them.

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It’s true that there’s no age bar for anything your passionate or crazy about.There’s nothing out there which you cannot pursue or practice if you feel strongly about it.Late Elizabeth Taylor had once said, “I have a woman’s body and a child’s emotion”.She wasn’t afraid to listen to her heart.She had been married seven times to eight husbands,as early as the age of 18 yrs to as late as the age of 59 yrs .There’s no age limit for bringing a change or revolution or for following your heart or dreams.Mahatma Gandhi wasn’t young or brawny but that one determination,one goal,one idea of being the change he wanted to see,made the difference.

No matter how old you are now,you are never too young or old for success or going after what you want.Charles Darwin was 50 yrs old when his book on the origin of species came out,leonardo da Vinci was 51 when he painted the Mona Lisa,Abraham Lincoln was 52 when he became the president,actor Ronald Reagan was 70 when he became the 40th president of the United States.Just remember,true terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country.