Challenges are the very fabric of life itself. History is man’s story of enduring and finally succumbing or overcoming personal, social, technological and geographical challenges. Scientific development is the progressive ability to understand ever-more complex challenges.
Life presents us with a continuous, unrelenting stream of challenges, with the occasional opportunity for relaxation, healing and just a small amount of time to wonder at life’s great mysteries.
From the very first moments of birth we struggle with great determination and tenacity to meet the physical and mental challenges of infancy, followed by the subsequent challenges of childhood, adolescence, manhood and eventually old age. However we meet these challenges determines the kind of person we are. The measure of a man is often judged by his ability to accept, endure and overcome challenges, or at times gracefully accept the inevitable.
As we age, it appears that some people, probably most, feel comfortable and secure in conforming to the accepted norms, developing complacent routines and habits, reinforced by the influences of their immediate peers. They feel contented, accepted and happy, living within a set environment, which continuously stresses the comforts of the status-quo. An apt phrase to describe such person is “you cannot teach an old dog new tricks “. While others maybe just a few, are quite distinct, habitually reacting positively to new challenges and feeling confident and at ease thinking and living “out of the box “.
So with regards to the prospects of aging – yes again the choice is yours. On the one hand you can arm yourself with the relevant information on the “anti-aging revolution“ and on the other knowing the committed efforts required and the radical changes necessary in your lifestyle to ensure success, you now have the option of making an informed decision. Are you ready to accept the new challenges brought about by the aging process? Such challenges will probably be the biggest, last and most difficult you have yet to face.
From infancy to mature adulthood, as we meander through life we typically succeed in overcoming challenges with ever greater abilities and assets. Be they the physical abilities of strength, endurance dexterity and manual skills; be they the abilities of the creative mind, be they knowledge, experience and wisdom.
However it is a daunting task to contemplate that during the latter stage of our lives we must face the pending challenges of living with slowly deteriorating physical and mental abilities – complete with the reluctant acceptance that eventually it is a challenge to which our weakened abilities succumb. As they say, aging is not for the faint hearted.
Although this latter stage is not filled with optimistic promises and rewards, it is still a period that realism tells us we must endure. We must accept that currently the process is unavoidable and the alternative possibility of curtailing it unthinkable.
However, you have again the choice of just relinquishing your will to slide down the slippery slope of accelerated aging or you can with faith, based on knowledge and commitment, accept the challenge of an anti-aging program, with the determination to extract every possible gem of enjoyment, fulfillment and satisfaction via a much fuller vibrant life for a greater number of years.
The task ahead is certainly not easy. To retain your curiosity, motivation, sense of humor and the ability to encourage and guide others while your own abilities are under threat and you are emotionally drained by the inevitability that some of your beloved and respected peers will be falling by the wayside requires pluck, spunk, spirit, resolve, guts, backbone and an iron will. When you describe the aging process in such terms it appears that only “super heroes” have the required fortitude to happily soldier on. But under such stresses the human spirit can often draw on tremendous surges of courageous fortitude.
Scribed in more generous terms, the possibility of an extended life-full of healthy vitality, combined with a lifetime of experience compared with previous generations may be considered the greatest gift...