A few days ago, my mom sent me a link to a daily devotional called ‘Girlfriends in God.’ After reading one of the past devotionals, I decided to subscribe to it and I loved what todays said. It was about living each day abundantly and to our fullest potential. In other words, cherish your friends and family and stop putting things off! The best part of the devotional was a list of 18 things that you should do to help stay young. Some of them are no-brainers and some of them are a little tricky to do on a regular basis, but here goes.
How to Stay Young
1. Throw out non-essential numbers such as your age, weight and height.
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down. If you really need a grouch, there are probably family members to fill that need.
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Just never let the brain idle.
4. Enjoy the simple things. When the children are young, that is all you can afford. When they are in college that is all you can afford. When they are grown, and you are on retirement, that is all you can afford.
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath. Laugh so much that you can be tracked in the store by your distinctive laughter.
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person that is with us our entire life is ourselves.
7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it is family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies or whatever. Your home is your refuge.
8. Cherish your health. If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.
9. Don’t take guilt trips. Go to the mall, the next county, a foreign country – but not guilt.
10. Tell the people you love how much you love them every chance you get. Never assume they know.
11. Don’t worry about things you cannot change or do anything about. Accept them and move on.
12. Read more and dust less.
13. Spend more time with your family and friends and less time working.
14. Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experiences to savor, not to endure. Recognize these moments now and cherish them.
15. Do not “save” anything. Use your good china and crystal for every special event such as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, or the next blossom of flowers you see.
16. Wear your best outfit to the market.
17. Don’t save your good perfume for only special occasions. Use it even if you are going shopping or just to the bank.
18. “Someday” and “one of these days” should vanish from your vocabulary. If it is worth seeing or hearing or doing, go and see or hear or do it now.
My new goal is to follow this list – especially numbers 5, 7, 11 and 13. Number 13 should be at the top of everyone’s list! Even at 26, there are things I do on this list on a regular basis that I shouldn’t do. So, here’s to staying forever young.