Did it start at 25?
10th October 2017
I remember turning 25 and complaining that I was a quarter of a century old. I remember feeling old, that I had better figure out what I was about quickly because I needed to be there already! Fast forward another quarter of a century and I still haven’t got it worked out, but it doesn’t seem to bother me as much anymore.
According to Dr Christine Northrup in her book ‘Goddess Never Age‘ aging has less to do with our genetic makeup and more to do with our belief system and cultural portals. It is our belief system that enables the process of cellular decay. Research seems to back this up, that older individuals who were subliminally exposed to positive messages about aging showed long-term improvements in self-image, strength and balance.(Wall Street Journal)
If this is true – and it looks like it is – then we must change the way we think about ageing.
To rely on advertisers or magazines to change their portrayal of midlife is passing the buck! Nothing will change unless we do.
We need to step out of ‘norms’ and change how we perceive ourselves first.
We need to:-
- Mix with people of all ages – make our interests the focus of our friendships not our age
- Stop asking people how old they are – its putting you and them in a ‘box’
- Keep learning new things
- Develop your internal sense of worth
Once we believe it ourselves, everyone else will follow.