You’ve probably heard someone say that “youth is a mindset”. That’s all well and good, but this platitude doesn’t help us feel any lighter on our feet. It doesn’t take away the crow’s feet or the inability to “get” younger people, or the sudden, strange desire for go to bed at 9 pm.
So what does it mean? What does it truly mean to be young, and to remain so?
Youth isn’t just about a set of physical attributes or abilities. It’s about zest and optimism and the ability to see opportunity. It’s about remaining teachable and flexible. It’s to be excited about the world around you, to be open to new experiences and challenges. Youth is defined by action, by not letting disappointment and failure safety-shackle you to the ground during the storm of life—it is defined by opening your arms and welcoming that storm, wrestling it like Pecos Bill and his tornado.
There are ways to regain this mindset, no matter how long it has been lost—nothing is ever truly lost, after all, only set aside, ready to be picked back up. To do this, let’s take a look at 8 ways to feel young again.