Last year on this day, March 7, I had said, this year on this day I will be 70 whether, I am there or not. Here I am. 70 years, I hope my weight in Kg was also in 70. The lazy me need a lot of hard work to achieve that figure. Now, I am carrying an excess weight, around 20 Kg, over stressing all my dear internal organs including my sweet heart, that has an assignment to work from womb to tomb.
When I said I will be 70 this year, whether I am there or not, two or three well wishers called me to say it upset them. You should not talk like that, they said. Well , friends, that’s the only reality of life. Rest, everything comes and goes.
Age is just a number, uncle, that’s what the healthy youngsters tell you. For some, yes, for others it’s age.
Key to comfort is health at every age. Today you do not need to enter old age to own diseases and illness, purely due to lifestyles and pollutions. You can suffer in your thirties, more than some one in their sixties. Diabetes, Blood pressures, heart attacks, depression, you name it, you do not need an age these days.
My sister Indu Menon, near her sixties, with no experience became an entrepreneur, making ordinary handloom products go global with her innovative designs, uplifting the weaving community, helping them with better earnings and life. She is an inspiration and a role model, from whom I have learned and not implemented. With the late Wendell Rodricks, Fashion Designer
Her case says age is a number, you see it keeps changing from person to person, age is a number, age is not a number, age is a number, age is not a number, you can go on.
There was Mr Iyengar, the yoga guru, who left at the age of 95, Khushwant Singh, journalist and author, with daily pegs lived up to 98.
My uncle, went up to 95 with his everyday peg and cigarettes.
Another who took up running at the age 95 lived up to 98. Don’t know, if he had walked, whether he would have touched 100.
People who seemingly lead a disciplined life left in their fifties.
I am not sure what works, what do not.
The other day some body asked me ” how old are you “
I sang it for him “I am sixteen going on seventy”.
He asked me what about the ages in between ?
“It went past in a flash” I said.
” Can you summarise your success story ” ? He asked.
“If you succeed, you can become a leader, if you fail you can be a guide and I am a successful guide and that is my success story, of course occasionally I did lead, otherwise I would not be where I am”.
” And where are you” he asked
” Here” I said.
“Ok, then , bye, shall catch up some other time” and he hurriedly disconnected. I am wondering what he thought, maybe you will know after reading this, this far. You don’t have to tell me.
It’s the grace of some power, we reach where we are, in addition to our efforts. Everything is energy, one energy creates another, that creates another and we keep moving.
Death can be refined as change in form. That will make it sound less fearful.
Science says energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It converts, like an electrical energy converts into mechanical into thermal into.. many others. We were in some form before we were born and will change into another form when we die. There is no death, only conversions.
A tree gets cut into logs, can change into a furniture, later into ashes and live a life of ashes. Nothing leaves the earth, only conversion from one energy to another.
We human’s think, we are the only species with intelligence, more because we can communicate in English. You can verify that by listening to some of the talk shows and debates in the media.
We are part of nature, like other living species with their own type of intelligence and communication, notice the ants, birds and animals. We are the only one capable to destroy ourselves by harming , rest of them lives in harmony with the nature.
Keep learning, loving, earn as much as you can without destruction, enjoy the life journey.
Life itself has no meaning, it’s the individuals who gives meanings to it and differently.
During my conversations with senior citizens, I got varying answers from how they make their life meaningful.
“You have to identify areas where we can contribute, from buying vegetables to paying bills “.
Another said, ” I feel like a furniture, a broken one, at home. I don’t feel like doing anything. Sits quietly at home and keep taking naps.”” I don’t take them, I fall asleep”.
“I know a person, who was in similar situation, he attended painting classes and is busy painting”, I told him, ” you also take up, may be music, singing or musical instrument”.
I continued, ” take up some social work.”
” No social work, I don’t feel like moving around”.
What about the guy who said “Listen friend, don’t ask any questions, 24 hours my thoughts are on….. ( he gives me a wink), drinks in the evenings, occasionally goes to joint”
,”Where is the joint ?” I asked
” Want to come” he asked.
“No”, I said
“We are spiritual being here for human experience, don’t waste time on prayers and temples”, he continued
The way he loud mouthed his thoughts and action with gestures, left me in splits.
His philosophy, no secrets in mind, the secret of health.
Bindas guy, may be touching 80 was in a senior position in a company. It takes all sorts to make the world. I warned, don’t let any old #metoo cases surface at the . old age.
Coming back to me.
Living in a great era, experienced lot of changes, from cyclostyle to photocopy from punch cards, 8 KiloB floppy disks to storages in TetraB, standing in ques for hours to a few clicks, snail mails to instant communication, analog to digital life, decade to decade, centuries to centuries, status to status, walk to work to work to walk and hazaar such things.
Feels like GOD because people remember me when they need something from me, rest of the time I do not exist for them.
A reminder, I have plenty of advises in stock lying unused, you are welcome to take any of them
I am happy because I have decided to be.
If you think this post have said nothing for you to carry, please go back and read between the lines and still nothing, then I am sorry, age is not a number.
This happened three days ago and I am having a birthday week. Today in Bangalore
13 thoughts on “For all ages”
Why people are afraid of getting old. You only have to die once. But people always discuss about it everyday, ie they die many times.
The other day one of my dear ones asked me oh finally will you end up like Bhavanipappa. I said no way. Then in the evening when my son was talking to me I mentioned this, he said ‘amma there is a smart lady aged 98 who is playing bridge in our club.’ so I thought if my son is so sure about my being smart in my old age, I will definitely be smart. That thought gives me a lot of confidence. Older generation is a better class health wise, compared to the younger.
‘I am happy because I have decided to be’.
Yes, the question”Age is a number or Age is not only a number” always is a point of discussion when old friends meet. Without bothering about this number we should learn to enjoy life forgetting about the status (health wise, financial, situation wise, etc). Rightly said nothing new is being created or getting destroyed, there is only change. You will be present in the same world but in what form you would not be aware. Loved the 70 number on the cake, With deep message in built.
Enjoyed the narration.
Age is just a number, a couple of wrinkles, some weak joints and dyed hair. Dont get me wrong I am not complaining…. they are all these and can be much more fun than the 20s bcoz as you say when be happy because we want to be
Just now I heard, Age is a number, false, Age is a word
Age is a number for those who only know to count. But live ur life to the fullest…. everyday. As usual Sir njoyd reading and as usual waiting for ur next blog.
Happy birthday week, Rajan! The body may age (age is a number, noun, and a verb) but the mind is young. I always liked the theory that we all look at the world from a twenty-six year old’s eyes. It seems valid after finding out that recently they figured out that brain development is complete around twenty-six years of age. So live young my friend.
Many happy weeks and months and years. Decades too. Be yourself as you are. Happier you are. with spontanety, with humour, with spirited cheer in built in you grow to be young as ever.You are already at it. Thanks for the yet another beauty innovative. thyagi – minus 18. ramani minus 30.
Thank you very much. Best wishes to you. Your comments and appreciation are inspirational
I am an ex-Meconian and 84 yrs. 3 moths back. Never regretted anything in my life. My mother died when she stepped into 99 yrs. and was with me during her last years. My take on life is accept your old age with all its infirmities and live every moment as a bonus. Take comfort that many much below your age are having serious ailments and some are even bedridden needing assistance for daily chores like babies. Cannot hear, cannot speak. When such people smile at me, I feel guilty for my ability to think logically, to take my morning walk, to read newspapers, watch movies, TV talk shows, enjoy good food, digest it et all. I take pleasure to help relatives, friends and the society where I live by exchanging useful information, even physical assistance my health permits and sharing humor. Jokes are part of our life and I have learnt to enjoy them even if they are at my cost. Not a great philosophy but a humble suggestion to make the most of what we have.
Thank you your valuable advise. I will share with as many people as possible
Good article, which script on the real life of mankind many things to recollect what we have come across in life.
Happy Birthday Rajanmava. Lovely penned.
My philosophy is to live life happily everyday as we don’t know if there’s a tomorrow.