Fear of Aging

by MomGrind

agingFear of aging has been on my mind a lot lately.

When I said, a few weeks ago, that I’m afraid of aging, Tim Brownson of The Discomfort Zone commented that age is just a state of mind.

I disagree.

In fact, a growing number of researchers are treating aging as a physical disease.

When I read Tim’s comment, I promised myself that I would write another post in which I would try to explain my fear of aging. So here goes.

Sometimes I look at very old people, with their wrinkles and their illnesses and with those bodies that betray them more and more with each passing year, and I feel a terrible despair. Like I’m on a path that leads to a horrible place and I have no control over that, and I just want to get off that path, but I can’t. There’s no way out.

We all walk on that path, together. We must continue, regardless of what gradually happens to us along the way.

We start here:

babyPhoto credit: almoko

And if we’re lucky enough to survive and reach our 70s and 80s, many of us end up here:

old-womanPhoto credit: Ed Yourdon

And yes, I know the only real alternative is death and that a lot of this is up to me (healthy lifestyle, state of mind etc). I should probably just accept that this is the way things are. Still, to me, the fact that all living things must age and shrivel and die is one of the cruelest, most incomprehensible facts of life.

How do you feel about aging? Calm and resigned? Desperate and panicky? Are you taking any active steps – such as a special diet or vitamins, or maybe spiritual steps – in an attempt to slow down aging?

Other bloggers’ thoughts on fear of aging:
Is Death Natural?
The GABA Complex
Another Surprise From Father Time
The Elasticity Of  Time
Help Me, I’m Having A Hair Breakdown!

Photo credit: nixArt

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