Y is for Young at Heart

Remember how good it felt to goof off as a child? When laughter came easily, skipping and jumping brought the simplest joy? Relaxing and letting go at the end of the day … no problem. Sleep, oh I remember sleeping so well as a child.

Then we grow up, as we should. But while taking on grownup worries and tasks, there’s a part of us — I know this is true for me — that stays young. We’re young at heart.

I still want to laugh, and I do, giggle and goof off. Granted, I’m not what’s referred to as old at 43, but hey, that jumping I did as a child does a number on my joints now.

I feel the changes, oh, yeah. The aches, the inability to stretch and exercise as well as I did. But dang it, I still want to have fun. Get together with girlfriends and act silly, go to carnivals and amusement parks, put on make up just because, and color my hair in rainbow colors. And dance, oh, I love dancing.

I lived in Europe in my teen years, when ABBA were big. Disco dance, remember?  “Dancing Queen Feel the beat of the tambourine, oh, yeah …”

I don’t do all those things mostly due to lack of time, but I squeeze some in. And why not? If fifty is the new thirty, then forty is the new twenty, right? Can’t say I was all grown up at twenty, though I did a great job pretending I was.

I sometimes see people of a certain age on the street dressed and made up as if they’re never too old to be young at heart. And I say, good for them. Laughter comes easily to them, I can tell, and that’s wonderful. Laughter is good medicine, good for the soul, contagious. All true. When I laugh — I mean really laugh — I feel good.

So, here  is to staying young at heart and celebrating your inner child. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go crank up Dancing Queen.  

~~~ How do you stay young at heart?


Photo credits: Young at heart, from galaguru.com; abba-dancing queen, from brokeassstuart.com


28 responses to “Y is for Young at Heart

  1. I guess I’m still considered “young” -I’m twenty- but I always yearn for my childhood, and my mother warns me that spending my youth looking back will make them pass by quicker and will stop me from enjoying my real youth. I hope I learn how to not be bothered by the passing of years and always stay young at heart.

  2. At 53, I’m still a big kid in many ways. I think that’s what helps me keep sane (well, relatively speaking) through all the ups and downs of adult life. We need to keep that inner child alive and celebrate it daily. Nice post, Silvia! I’ll join you on the dancing floor. I love ABBA! Oh yeh!

    Cattitude and Gratitude

  3. Great post Sylvia thank you! How do I stay young at heart while the bones sometimes betray me? Well, I guess having a questioning mind for one, enjoying also the simple pleasures like the moon and stars out at night, watching the waves roll in when down at the sea and seeing the whales and dolphins in season, the bushveld and walking – ok enough already; definitely getting together with girlfriends, dancing (Abba gets me going anytime), laying on the grass looking at the clouds go by …
    Susan Scott’s Soul Stuff

  4. see that girl watch her dance…love that song. i don’t know if i ever will grow up!

  5. There have been so many expectations placed on adults of certain ages to act a certain way, wear their hair a certain way, dress a certain way. It really doesn’t make sense! Good on you for staying young. I suspect it’s the best secret to living a long and happy life around.

    Rinelle Grey

  6. I tried that growing up lark years ago, it’s very over rated, best act like a daft kid, keeps the sensibles away. I too am going off to dance round my handbag to a bit of Abba, top choice:)
    maggie at expat brazil

  7. I try to stay young at heart and actually I think it’s a state of mind, an attitude. more than a way of life or a specific action that I take of thing i can do. Or at least that’s what I tell my kids when I get up from sitting and groan as my joints ache and crack and they remind me “mom you’re making old people noises!” lol

    Jen@ http://werelivingafulllife.blogspot.com

  8. I used to stay young through my kids – miss that excuse now. But I think as I grow ever older, it is easier to be young at heart, do goofy things, and play – people just think I’m having a blast for my age!

  9. Carolyn Paul Branch

    A big part of staying young at heart is tied up with staying healthy. Do all the basics to take care of your body: nutrition, sleep, exercise, water. Your body will reward you with a sharp brain and a happy positive outlook.

  10. I started a taekwondo class last year. Something I always wanted to do, but never seemed to have the opportunity. When the opportunity finally came I chose to take it, and some days I think I’m crazy, but I love it. :)

  11. Lovely post…it’s one from a young and optimistic heart. I know my feeling young or old comes and goes…totally a state of mind.

  12. I love Abba! I am what they call a late in life mom, so keeping up with my son keeps me young out of necessity.

  13. Hope you are still dancing.
    I like to geek out, read young adult novels, giggle at everything and nothing and generally refuse to give up on liking what I like.
    I also got my sister to dye my hair again tonight – it’s a bit red at the moment.
    Just one post left – then what are we all going to do?

  14. I think I stay young at heart because I don’t really focus on my age. Sometimes when I stop and think about it, I’m amazed. As long as I am relatively healthy, I no longer fear getting older. My life just gets better and better, so it must be a good thing, right?

  15. What a great Y post. Hmm, How do I stay young at heart, gosh I never really thought about it? Laughter, I guess but I do tend to go kicking and screaming into every birthday LOL

  16. “I sometimes see people of a certain age on the street dressed and made up as if they’re never too old to be young at heart. And I say, good for them.”
    Indeed, I say that too. A post after my own heart. I first noticed the picture and went, “Hey! That’s ABBA!” :)
    And of course 50 is the new thirty. (said firmly and conclusively!) ;) :D

  17. I have two gr-daughters nearby, ages 7 and 8.5 yrs. When I am with them, we play Barbies, dance, color and draw–be kids. We play on the floor, and I have maintained a degree of limberness. While I didn’t goof off much as a kid on a farm, I get to do it now, at my youthful 61.

  18. Pingback: Love Me Some ABBA: Dancing Queen | lovelyseasonscomeandgo

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