I can assure you that you are… the question is what attitude?
The dictionary defines attitude as: “A settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior.”
Based on this definition, the way you think and/or feel about age and the process of aging shows up in your behavior.
Ever heard the expression, “Act your age!” Of course you have … the question is how does one act their age? You may also have heard the expression, “One is only as old as one feels.”
So if you are only as old as you “feel” and you are supposed to “act” your age, I have one question for you…
How old are you?
I was recently with a bunch of girlfriends on our boat just after sunset. After we had enjoyed a few glasses of wine … just enough to create some lively conversation … the music shifted to some fun dance tunes. The four of us jumped onto the bow of the boat leaving my husband at the helm and we danced and giggled and sang at the top of our lungs to the music like we had not one single care in the world. I made the comment that I had not had that much fun in 20 years. I “felt” like I was 18 … was acting like 18 and my driver’s license still said I was 40+. Amazing. Or at least interesting.
Remember our definition of attitude?
“A settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person’s behavior.”
As it turns out, we act out our age based on our thinking and feelings about that age. If we “think” 40 is “old” then chances are we are going to act in ways that we believe “old” people act. If we “think” that 75 is old, we will act as if we are old (based on our definition of old).
Uh oh … There is a problem here. How do “old” people act? In order to know this, we must first define “old.”
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