Live your life, forget your age

Live your life, forget your age

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-07-21 14:01 Photo: Keshava Vitla Saturday morning in Cubbon Park is my favourite time of the week. Just like many other fellow runners, I savour the early mornings when I rise to go for my weekend long runs. Every now and then, I happen to bump into two people who have perhaps changed my perception about age. A couple, well into their late 70s, hit the road just like any other young runner and cover healthy distances regularly. The first time I saw them was at my first 5-kilometre race a couple of years ago, where they crossed the finish line along my side. While my 30-year-old body was puffing and panting, the duo looked like they had just returned from a laid-back stroll. ‘That is how I want to be when I am in my 70s,’ I told myself.Age is just a number. If the world’s oldest performing female bodybuilder is 77 years old, I do believe that anything is possible at any age. Ernestine Shepherd, the oldest female bodybuilder only started her fitness journey at the age of 56. Now, she is an inspiration for many bodybuilders world over. At 77, most people decide that it is game over, but she is still lifting the barbell and making history. If Madonna Buder became the oldest woman to complete the Ironman triathlon at the age of 75, then it says a lot about what the human body can do. And she began training only at the age of 48.Also, there is no age when it comes to having fun. I remember having a conversation with my friends when we were in our early twenties about older people who go clubbing. ‘I will never do that after a certain age. It looks fake,’ my friend said. What we didn’t realise was that we were just being ageists. There is nothing fake about letting your hair down and having a spin on the dance floor. You can do the same when you are ninety or nineteen. Age has no significance whatsoever.Not long ago, an internet story, ’24 things women should stop wearing after 30’ began doing the rounds. Thankfully it garnered more hate than love. I still wear graphic tees, short dresses and hoop earrings. And I am absolutely comfortable in them. In fact, there is no age to stop wearing sparkly pants or blue eyeshadow. I gave my husband a cake on his 30thbirthday that read, ’30 is not old’. We have met people who actually think that 30 is too old – too old to have a party, too old to dress up, too old to focus on a sport, too old to take an impulsive trip. Sometimes we resign to age even without realising it. Some resign at 40 or 50. Some even younger. But life is too short to let a number define us.