@shahnm Similarly, from Jane Eyre:
“And what is hell? Can you tell me that?”
“A pit full of fire.”
“And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there for ever?”
“What must you do to avoid it?”
I deliberated a moment; my answer, when it did come, was objectionable: “I must keep in good health, and not die.”
Bike riding, keeping my brain active, sunscreen and not feeling like I am old(er).
I also ride the Costco cart to my car every time by jumping on to the back lower area and holding onto the handles (there is no steering available so I can’t get all the way to my car). It generates onlooker smiles and I feel better.
i play video games. i do martial arts and archery. i learn new skills (in the past decade i’ve taken up, for varying amounts of time, archery, glass blowing, ceramics, new cooking skills, bead making, painting, competitive video gaming - also learning how do deal with household electrical and plumbing projects). i take joy in life. My body is getting older with its aches and sags and wrinkles and grey hair (and since when did grey hair become the hot trend?) - but i keep my mind expanding and i feel younger in my mind at 50 than i did at 29.
So, when I look in the mirror, I think I look about average for someone my age. But Friday I had some passport photos taken for renewal, and I look 10 years older in them. Lighting? Some kind of filter? WTF?
i mean, i do dye my hair, i do take care of my skin (including staying inside or wearing sunscreen), and i do dress the same way i did when i was in high school, but that’s just because i like doing those things. it’s not in an effort to cling to my youth for fear of aging or looking “old.”