I’m always learning. My grandmother taught me that it would keep my mind young.
She was right.
My daughter and I were sitting on the couch last night, watching the final (or not so final) episode of Downton Abbey on Masterpiece Classic. (Oh, how we love Maggie Smith! She has the best lines, the best delivery. So much fun to watch.) We were talking about the age of women of that time period for marriage and childbirth.
My daughter turned to me and said, “I can’t believe you’re going to be 50 in a few years. You certainly don’t look that old!” (I suppose that was a compliment.)
“I know,” I said, “I don’t feel almost 50. I feel almost 30. In my mind, I feel very young.”
She looked at me oddly.
“You know what I mean?” I asked.
“No, mom,” she said with a grin, “I’m only 18. I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
I suppose it’s a bit of a You-Had-To-Be-There-Moment but we were sent into a fit of giggles. Of course she has no idea about her mind feeling young. She’s still young.
My grandmother loved politics, crossword puzzles and bridge. I love current events, jigsaw puzzles and playing Euchre and Rummy. She and I were/are both voracious readers. She loved fashion and studying pop culture. I love new music and discovering new artists.
Anything to keep your mind young; but like the Nike ad said – just do it. Exercise that muscle between your ears. Pick up a new language. Take a cooking class. Yank out your old Algebra books (I just did that the other day and had a blast challenging myself to complete some problems.)
Our bodies, our eyes, our once nimble fingers. They will show their age no matter how much exercise or botox we try.
But our mind?
That has the true potential of staying forever young.