posted on Sep, 7 2008 @ 01:44 PM
Bought a health and fitness type book for my son just the other day, by coincidence. Leafed through it and saw a section on 'body types' .. and
then read that after age 30, the muscles begin to lose tone, etc. It said that depending on the person's body-type, some people begin sagging from
their 30's onwards, quite visibly -- whilst others manage to hold off the visible signs of ageing for longer. By 50, though .. it said .. no matter
how conscientiously the individual had exercised and dieted, ageing was by now visible. Posture was emphasised as being important to physical
appearance, although apparently we're all 'born with' a specific natural posture type. Military service was said to improve the posture of those
who'd been given a poor posture-type by Nature.
I was surprised to learn from all this that muscles began losing their tone after age 30. Guess it doesn't visibly show for quite some time after
30, but deep 'in there', youth has fled by 30 if the book is to be believed.
All of which suggests that it's probably wise to invest as much time and effort to developing personality and character as to the gym, sunbathing,
cosmetic surgery, etc.
My view is, we mostly all get a turn at all the ages and stages. Older folk had their turn at being young and beautiful and should be wise enough to
step aside and let the new generations have their turn without trying to compete. Time only runs one way. Problem is, most of us just don't expect
to grow older, or at least not so soon. It would be great if we could have a few 'practise lives' before living our real one. That way, we'd be
aware of how fleeting youth is and we'd spend it more wisely.
Weird though, isn't it .. most of us accept quite easily that we're not babies or pre-teens. But we're not so willing to say goodbye to our 20s
and 30s. Yet those decades are no shorter or longer than any of the others we pass through. Maybe the media's responsible for our placing such a
premium on those years ?