Age is only a number, but if you are empowering it with energy fueled by a negative belief system you are painting a dangerous reality that could deliver exactly what you are most afraid of.
When you think about the word “old,” what images come to mind? Infirmity? Senility? Incontinence? Wrinkles? Chronic illness? Hip replacement? Impotence?
Just a few months ago, when I crossed the threshold of 60, something suspect started happening. For the first time in my life, I started obsessing about myself in terms of my age. And I’m still not entirely clear as to whether I was using it as a badge of courage or an excuse for incompetence.
“I’m 60; I need to get to bed earlier.”
“I’m 60; my clothes don’t fit like they used to.”
“I’m 60, I can’t remember my kids’ names.”
“I’m 60, there’s no way I can drive in a big city.”
“I’m 60, I’m too stiff and sore to have sex.”
None of these issues arrived beautifully wrapped in gift boxes on July 22nd. But this negative self-talk sure did.
Negatively thinking about aging can…you guessed it…actually make you feel older. It can impact your mental perception, your health, your happiness and the way you look.