If you stop ageing then…
I sometimes wonder what my response would be if an angel came down from heaven and blessed me with a never ageing body and an immortal soul. I am not able to figure out if that would make me feel on top of the world or like hitting the bottom. Possibly, it’s a double edged weapon. Who wouldn’t like to capture the fragrance of youth in a blossoming body and keep it that way for an infinite period of time! Who would want to live in an ageing and decaying body with osteoporotic bones, cramping muscles and shriveling skin? No one, I’m sure. Again, looking at the other side of the picture, if everyone stopped ageing then what kind of a world would we expect to live in? Imagine that everyone around you (including you) is young and healthy (as a horse) and is going to stay like that forever. Also, imagine the seasonal cycle in Nature getting disrupted as a result of which you witness only spring and summer; trees don’t shed leaves and remain green for ever which means you don’t see autumn or icy winter ever again. The face of death gets wiped off from this planet. How does it make you feel?
Law of Nature
The picture I painted, suddenly makes one realize that when God devised the mechanism of birth and death or for that matter, growth and decay, his decision had ample sanity attached to it. We curse ourselves when our youthful and energetic body turns into a bag full of degenerating cells, not realizing that this is how it is supposed to be. Old needs to be replaced with new. That’s the law of Nature and that’s what precisely makes this life livable, lovable and beautiful. Change is the essence of our existence on this planet and if it stops, by way of any artificial interference, the life itself would get scarier than the doomsday. After all, how long would you like to enjoy your youth and beauty? Don’t you think that after a while you would get bored with everything around you for the reason of being monotonous? We humans are programmed to change; even the minutest cell in our body undergoes a change with every breath we take, without our being consciously aware of it. Disrupting this cycle would tantamount to messing with the laws of Nature which would result in creating imbalance in and outside our physical realms. Needless to say the impact it would have on our mental framework.
Increasing life span
I keep watching TV shows and research based programs on Discovery channel, highlighting the achievements made by the scientists in arresting the ageing process and increasing the human life span. It seems that the research started in early 90’s and in the process of achieving the ultimate, they formulated an anti-ageing pill named ‘Resveratrol’ which, of course, can be seen as a headway. They say that the pill is a perfect substitute for 600-700 bottles of wine which you would have to drink on daily basis to stay young. I’m not sure what these scientists are really aiming for. It cannot be denied that what they achieve at the end of the road is definitely going to change the face of this earth but I’m not certain if they ever thought of the repercussions before putting their heart and soul in a project which is bound to have serious consequences. It reminds me of the scientist who invented the first atom bomb and later killed himself as he had not foreseen the destruction, his invention would cause.
Young body but old soul
I want to share an excerpt of an interview of a 55 year old actress (ravishingly beautiful and brimming with energy) who was once asked by a young TV journalist….”How does it feel to look like a 25 year old even at your age?” The actress smiled and replied, “Well, I don’t feel like the way I did when I was in 20’s, 30’s or even in 40’s. I still feel like a 55 year old woman.” That, perhaps, conveys volumes.
You might be able to, somehow, stop the ageing clock of your body but you cannot stop your inner self from growing, maturing and ageing. It would be like an old soul living in a young body. Doesn’t feel right! What are you going to do by preserving your youthful body when you cannot, at the same time, prevent your mind, thoughts and soul from maturing? A thought for the day!
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anjalichugh (author) from New York on March 10, 2011:
@ Neelesh: You & I seem to completely agree on this one. Every stage has its own charm. No need to turn back the clock. :) Thank you for spending so much time on my hubs. You surely are being generous to me. :)
neeleshkulkarni from new delhi on March 10, 2011:
every stage of life is an adventure. going to school was one and when one finished that going to college was looked out for and when college was about to end the idea of being a working person sounded great.
the first gf was thrilling as was getting married. the kids were excitement personified as is getting them married off.
the second daughter is getting married off in june and we really are loking forward to being teenagers again with enough of both money and time to spare both of which we lacked when we were young.
idea is every stage of life is different and is an adventure as has been till satge each with a different flavour and so am sure will be death.
i can quite see myself getting excited about the idea of dying, wanting to explore still newer avenues which lie beyond whatever we have known till date. i am sure death is neither to be scared off nor ran away from.
anjalichugh (author) from New York on March 27, 2010:
loveofnight: That's absolutely right. Every conquest comes with irreparable damages also. We have to weigh pros and cons in every situation and if the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, there is no harm in going ahead but if it is otherwise, then the answer is obvious. Thx a lot for sharing your insight which is always appreciated.
Loveofnight Anderson from Baltimore, Maryland on March 26, 2010:
"Change is the essence of our existence" this statement is so true and much needed. can you imagine how over crowded the world would be if it were filled with all slow aging, healthy people.....food shortages,lack of housing,no privacy.grand-parents would live as long as their grand-children.there would be no jobs.....change is constant and needed.
anjalichugh (author) from New York on March 08, 2010:
Hi Duchess! You're right about health factor. It does play an important role. Old age seems to be a curse if one has to live as an ailing person. As long as there are no issues with health, its not difficult to accept old age with grace. Thanks again for taking time to read and adding value to this hub.
Duchess OBlunt on March 08, 2010:
What a thought provoking hub. Interesting outlook and for the most part I have to agree. I recently wrote a hub reflecting on the fact that I have hit the midlife stage. I'm actually quite content being there. But I'm sure once things start to go wrong health wise, I might change my mind. There is a time and a season for everything :)
Haunty from Hungary on February 15, 2010:
I'm glad I don't have a choice. And I hope I'm not being haughty. :)
anjalichugh (author) from New York on February 15, 2010:
Haughty & Shalini:
First of let me say that I'm so glad that you both stopped by. Although this topic is a bit debatable yet I feel its a thing of personal choice. I understand that no one, if given a choice, would like to get old, but if old leaves do not wither away how will the new ones find a place. Again one doesn't have to agree with me. It just struck me when I watched a few videos about anti-ageing products and life span increasing drugs. Thanks for your very thoughtful and beautiful words.
Shalini Kagal from India on February 15, 2010:
Hi Anjali - interesting question - I almost clicked No - that I didn't mind getting older and then changed it to Not Sure - because even though I'm comfortable being my age, I wish sometimes the twinges and the creaking would stop looming in the years ahead. Very thought-provoking!
Haunty from Hungary on February 15, 2010:
"Just as a person throws out old clothes and wears a new attire, like that, the soul lets go of old, worn out bodies and takes on new bodies." That's the word from God in the Bhagavad Gíta.
As you said, change belongs to this world, and without coming into it our souls could not experience improvement as it is eternal and beyond change.
Thank you for the thoughtful hub, Anjali :)
Deborah Sexton on February 11, 2010:
Since you said young forever I guess I thought you meant live forever. I'm not really thrilled about getting old or looking that way..but I guess I can't change it. :)
anjalichugh (author) from New York on February 11, 2010:
Hi Deborah: Me too. May be a start over is better than getting stuck with what you have and what you are. What's the point in staying young when people around are getting older. That's just what I feel. Thx for visiting my friend.
Deborah Sexton on February 11, 2010:
I wouldn't want to live forever in this world. I am happy we reincarnate. Maybe one day this world will be a great place to live forever.
Great thought provoking hub. Thank you.
anjalichugh (author) from New York on January 15, 2010:
HP Roy: Somehow I didn't get the notification of your post sooner. Must have been some glitch in the HP software. Sorry for the delay in replying to your post. I so much appreciate your comments. Thx.
my-success-guru: That's right. The biggest challenge would be to keep the mind from maturing. The question is whether a person would still be able to enjoy like a 20-yr old with a youthful body encasing an ageing mind. Thx for your kind comments.
my-success-guru from Upstate NY on January 15, 2010:
"What are you going to do by preserving your youthful body when you cannot, at the same time, prevent your mind, thoughts and soul from maturing? A thought for the day!"
I have known people who are kids that are wise beyond their years -- an old soul and I have known people who are beyond 100 who don't appear to be as mature. I think the biggest challenge would be for most people to keep their mind maturing. LOL
H P Roychoudhury from Guwahati, India on December 03, 2009:
It is very interesting and absorbing hub. What you have pointed out “Old needs to be replaced with new. That’s the law of Nature” is perfectly correct and true. Happiness of life lies in the enjoyment of every stages of life. To act against the nature of law is just to act against the creator which is absolutely true. Thank you for sharing
anjalichugh (author) from New York on December 02, 2009:
BeatsMe: Absolutely! Ultimately it comes down to making your own choices. Whatever said and done...who wouldn't want to stay young forever, no matter how adverse the consequences might be. Thx very much for stopping by. Your comments are much appreciated.
BeatsMe on December 02, 2009:
I was going to say, watch "Death Becomes Her". But then... :D
I think that some may see it as a blessing and others will think otherwise.
anjalichugh (author) from New York on November 30, 2009:
James: I would call it a positive approach and that's what is much needed to live on this planet. Cheers to your health and everlasting youth! Thx for your kind comments.
James A Watkins from Chicago on November 30, 2009:
This is a fine work that asks an interesting question. I say yes: I wish I could stay young because I would never get tired of living and learning and experiencing. Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die.
anjalichugh (author) from New York on November 17, 2009:
vrbmft: As I always say that even when we lose the body we adorn, our soul still keeps moving on, working relentlessly for achieving its goals. So, in a way, the 'Bucket List' (lol) never ends. Perhaps that's what contributes to the continuity of this universe. I admire the enthusiasm in you and wish that it stays that way for the rest of your journey. Thx very much for adding flavor to this hub.
Vernon Bradley from Yucaipa, California on November 17, 2009:
At this point, Im planning to live to at least one hundred. I'm not interested in looking young or being young because at one hundred, I'll definitely be old!! I am now sixty four and I have lots to do before checking out. I think there will be lots to do on the other side, so to speak, but I value what I dream of accomplishing before I go there, and maybe somewhere along the way, I will realize that my "dreams" can be accomplished elsewhere, or in the big scheme of things, those dreams are not all that important. Lately, I find myself in a quandry between my dreams and the people I love and lately some of them accuse me of spending more time writing or "working" at my practice as a family therapist than I spend with them. I wish they could somehow share in the joy these endeavors bring me. Well, your blog stirred up a lot inside of me. Thanks and no thanks for that!!
anjalichugh (author) from New York on November 16, 2009:
Hi Marie: Promise me you won't laugh if I tell you that when I see my younger days' pics, I feel like putting aside the album; I never felt I was worth a second look. :)
I, too, mentioned in my earlier post that I would definitely love to see myself in excellent health till my last day on this planet. We normally take old age as a synonym for diseases and ailments but it doesn't have to be like that. One can age gracefully and be reasonably healthy at the same time. Staying healthy and arresting ageing process are two different types of physical state; one can exist independent of the other. Here I tried to analyze the downside of increasing life span and stopping the natural ageing process. It was interesting to know varying opinions. Such subjects are always debatable and there can be no conclusive determination as to the merits or demerits. Thx very much for sharing your views here. (Hugs)
VioletSun from Oregon/ Name: Marie on November 16, 2009:
I just read Tatjana's comments, and I had the same thoughts recently when I chanced upon an old photo at 23, and I was well... "beautiful", but I had no idea! LOL! Youth is forgiving, the glow of youth gives us all a beauty which we often are not aware of. I personally, don't believe that as we get older we need to detoriate, even if the body does age naturally, reason why I have taken up Tai Chi, take and sell Resveratol, and it has nothing to do with vanity, this is not my main focus nowadays, it has to do with wanting to have a healthy energy so I can have a quality life. The body DOES change after menopause, and if anyone denies it, they are not being honest with themselves.
Would I want to stay young forever? I answered yes, but would choose this if it also involved keeping the wisdom one develops as times goes by. If I couldn't keep my inner maturity, I would as I wrote in my latest hub, "pass the opportunity" to be forever young.
Thank you for a thought provoking hub!
anjalichugh (author) from New York on November 16, 2009:
Tatjana: Getting old means getting wiser. Absolutely right. Speaking for myself, I feel more comfortable at my age than when I was younger. As you said, we don't have to be a witness to our failing health as, that depends a lot on our life style and mind set. Like you I wouldn't try to stop my ageing process. The only thing I would try to do is to stay healthy. Thx for being the first to come in. :)
Scott.Life: Yes, human life span has considerably decreased over centuries. As I said, it's purely a matter of personal choice; increasing life span, if you love being on this earth, would have its own advantages. Wish you all the best and thank you for caring to stop by.
Escritor: I had never heard of that movie before. Thx for mentioning it here. I' try to search for it online. Such topics have always been interesting for me. Thank you for taking time to read this hub.
Paradise 7: It's a temptation that very few people would be able to resist. (Sort of 'apple' in the Garden of Eden). After all who wouldn't want to stay healthy and beautiful if given a choice? I see it as a vicious circle...easy to get in, hard to get out. So I'm not surprised at the poll results. At least everyone answered honestly. Thx for your kind comments.
Paradise7 from Upstate New York on November 16, 2009:
I liked this hub, and thought it brought up some good questions. I was also interested in the results of the poll. People either said "yes", they'd want tot stop the aging process if they could, or weren't sure. Very few said, "no", they wouldn't stop the aging process if they could. Very interesting. Truthfully, personally, I don't know if I would or not.
escritor on November 16, 2009:
Your hub reminds me of the movie, TUCK EVERLASTING, with parts played by Alexis Bledel, Sissy Spacek, and William Hurt about a teenage girl named Winnie, who gets lost in the woods and meets Jesse Tuck, and the Tuck family that has discovered a spring of water that brings everlasting life. The story explores the problems as well as the lure of discovering the fountain of youth.
I enjoyed your Hub.
Scott.Life on November 16, 2009:
I think we will see a day when we can slow aging and prolong the life span of human beings. Its interesting that all throughout history literature of several civilizations and religions refer to man once living much longer then we do now. In my own life I have met several people who look vastly younger then their age, my observation has been that this trait is as much a product of their mindset and thinking as it is good genetics or DNA.
Given the choice to stop aging and live for centuries in the state I am now, I would definitely accept, there would I am sure be consequences but the rewards would also be great.
Tatjana-Mihaela from Zadar, CROATIA on November 16, 2009:
Getting older means getting wiser, but vital energy can stay good as long as possible...We do not need to deteriorate, everything is in our mind....But we do not need to stay the same as younger, no way!
I certainly would not want to go back in my younger days... The funniest thing is that I recently discovered while looking my old photos that I was really beautiful,when younger, but I did not even know that, he, he, so what was the point of youth? Ha, ha...
Thank you for excellent Hub.