Thursday, September 13, 2007

The Fountain Of Youth

"Age ... is a matter of feeling, not of years." - George William Curtis

A matter of reactions
It is now believed that a man reaches his peak mentally around the age of 35 and that this peak is maintained even past 70 years of age.

It has also been proven that the old saying, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" is untrue.

The learning power at 70 is about the same as it is at 17. As one authority put it, we do not become old through the passing of years, but rather by our reactions to the circumstances of life.

Interest makes the difference
When I and my family was in Genting Highlands - a famous mountain resort informally known as the Las Vegas of Malaysia, me and my wife were astonished at the casino. We saw aged man and woman so accustomed to all sort of gambling rules and have all the know how to operate any slot machines. On the other hand, we were totally lost and have no idea how those games or slot machines were played.

I also remembered at the very beginning, it was difficult to get older generation people onto Internet because many of them have phobia of IT stuff. However, when I show them how to use the Internet browser to look at the share price, the acceptance level suddenly shot up and the teaching becomes so easy!

Thus, age doesn't really matter and nothing is really difficult. It is just a matter of interest.

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” - Sophia Loren

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young."

"The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” - Henry Ford

"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter." - Mark Twain

The Secret
To remain young while growing old is indeed the highest blessing. You become old by not continuing to grow. When you stay interested and keep learning, you will stay young.

You're as old as you feel

What do you think? Do you agree?

Photo 1 by Idol taken from this source
Photo 2 by stranded_starfish taken from this source
Photo 3 by taken from this source

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JesseTheCat said...

'The learning power at 70 is about the same as it is at 17'. Amazing...Man continues to learn even at that mature age ! And we become old by our reactions to life's circumstances! Well, all this is truly profound. What a brilliant post, so full of lessons and meaning about life itself. And I think I needed it right at this moment ! I must try to remember that the fountain of youth is my own mind and the creativeness I bring to the table.Sam, this post is really amazing, I even let my mom read it! (she is visiting for a few days)Happy day futher to you and your family! :)

La Chanson de Phoenix said...

I concur with Jesse's words. I love this post!

And... you've got something for you on my blog!

Sam Chan said...

Hi Jesse,

Thanks for your continued support and interest in what I do. Hope you mom like this post. Old age is a privilege.

May we all continue grow strong and healthy!

Blessings to you and your family!

Sam Chan said...

Hi Sue,

Thanks! I'm glad this little post made sense to you.

Best Wishes

fren said...

Thanks for this post. I'm glad that you've reminded me that age doesn't matter while my mind is hungry for new knowledge. It is only when my mind stop growing that I look my age!

Sam Chan said...

Hi Fren,

Very true... as long as we continue to have interest and hunger for new knowledge, we won't be old :-)

BTW, I could not access your blogger profile. Thus I could not visit your blog.

Best Wishes

FL Sam said...

Sam, another great post. Its all in our mind. If we are positive, we can conquer anything. If we have positive people around thats even better, we conquer the space together.

Old people always claimed they are always young at heart. Look those "Siew Long Nui" from China, all their customers or husband are older people. Hahahah. Maybe this is not so good an example.

surjit said...

Yes Sam, I fully agree with you. You have rightly said:
...'You're as old as you feel!..'
I learnt computers(though not much) after retirement and am still doing on line share trading..
I think I am blessed...
'remaining young while growing old ...'
A good post as usual. Thanks for sharing. God bless.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Sam,

Thanks for sharing your valuable views. Hmm... those (even wise men) that claimed to be young at heart can falter in their life if you are referring to flirting :-)

Best wishes.

Sam Chan said...

Hi Surjit,

You are indeed so blessed because you had managed to remain young by continue growing in wisdom. Indeed, everybody can learn a great deal from you.

Many Blessings to you Surjit.

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Jennifer said...

Fabulous reminder that we are as young as we feel!

I read of some research a few years ago, where they took elderly folks and placed them in an environment resembling their younger days... their vital signs, (blood pressure, heart rate, etc) all responded by returning to a younger age. Pretty amazing!

You are so right Sam... the more we keep ourselves alive and vital, the healthier we will be!

Thanks a big bunch!


Sam Chan said...

Hi Mike,

Thanks for the invitation. I had just submitted the interview.

Best regards

Sam Chan said...

Hi Jennifer,

Many thanks for the information about the research done on elderly folks.

Let's continue to grow youthfully.
Many Blessings

lilifxt said...

hi sam very nice and important post u are absolutely right age doesn't really matter and nothing is really difficult. It is just a matter of interest.

and also good advice is to keep learning so we will remain young in our mind and hearts

thx for great post as usual

beat wishes

Sam Chan said...

Hi Lili,

Thanks for your kind support and encouragement! It means a lot!

Let's remember to stay young by having great interest in whatever we do.

Blessings to you my friend.

Family Man said...


I always find you blog posts to be refreshing. Your sense of the world, and how important people are is truly a benefit. Keep up the great work, and I look forward to your continued blogging.


Sam Chan said...

Hi Ian,

Thanks for your kind support and encouragement! It means a lot!

Best Wishes

Petula Wright said...

You make some good points!

Sam Chan said...

Hi Petula Wright,

Thanks for your kind and motivating words. I am glad this little post make sense to you.

Best wishes.