Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Good wine matures with age...



I am yet to come to terms with something I read a couple of days ago in the Hindu. I start my day with two ordinary newspapers – The Hindu and The Times of India and try to squeeze in the Economic Times and The Business Line before the end of day.

The usually solid and staid Hindu shook me up when it proclaimed in no uncertain terms that I AM OLD!!! This profound statement was backed by a study done by some people who make a living studying such profound theories. Before you wonder why my age is news, let me clarify anybody aged beyond 26 years and 364 days are old. The study revealed that old age and decline starts at 27 and the peak for a person is 22 years.

The first question that hit me was, “Why did I not know this earlier?” the next question immediately following was “What did I do when I was 22?”.

The answer to the first was easy enough, the Hindu edition was printed as early as 3 nights ago, but the second answer was very disturbing – I was in all probability working (nothing has changed since), in all probabilities I would not have done anything that would have strained the peak of my prowess even back then.

So what are the symptoms of old age? Decline in the senses, motor skills, you know the like. I should have figured this out when reaching out for the calculator on the desktop to do some simple arithmetic or when I put a reminder on my cell phone for an important birthday.

Now that I have come down from any euphoric highs I may have had I know what I must do… If you can’t beat the tide, you might as well ride it.

5 comments:

Chronicwriter said...

i am completing 27 next month... and why did i read this now?

whoc wrote that article? the author was 22?

and you read TOI? it is a waste of time reading that immatured newspaper...

and talking abt ET, i developed an aversion to it cos i was forced to read it in college..

btw, i am soon joining the ageing community... will be welcomed with a red carpet?

chriz

www.chronicwriter.com

Dhanya said...

:) I remember in biology class back in school days, teacher telling that aging starts at 25. Some funda about cell regeneration or so. So be happy that Hindu gave us 2 bonus years :P

Trinity said...

yes different organs age differently and recently there was an email listing mot of them...

i just completed 27...
boo hoo...

and dhanya its cell degeneration...
not regeneration :)

!! Oxymoron !! said...

You know, though there isnt much difference between what I was doing at 22 and what I am doing now (working with the same firm), I'm real glad I am the age I am today! I dont know what exactly being more mature/wiser to the ways of the world does...but, for some weird reason, I dont want to go back to that age, at least not maturity wise/emotionally! I read an article that said that women are at their peak, fertility wise and emotionally and in all probablity even monetarily, at the age of 29. Anyways, whether you are 20 or 80, what matters is how healthy (physically and otherwise) your heart is!! Like a 65 year old I know once told me while flying kites in a beach - I am as old as I feel and today, I feel damn young!

PurpleHeart said...

I am old too, then. But age is just a number which helps you get better in shape, or so I believe ! All that matters is how much we can play around with life just like a 22 year old always, though it gets very touch later on...Yea, i was working when I was 22 too...but now i quit, rather holidaying..:)