“I’m just getting old, Sifu!”
This comment came from a 61-year-old student. She was fairly new to my qigong studio, so she didn’t know that I have zero tolerance for this kind of thinking.
For those who don’t know me, let me make something absolutely clear:
No one is EVER going to convince me that 61 is old!!
From now on, when people give me the “I’m getting old” excuse, I’m going to show them the following video. If you won’t listen to a 41-year-old whippersnapper, maybe you’ll listen to a 90-year-old.
This video shows an elderly Kung Fu master refusing to act his age. If you can’t watch it right now for some reason, then make sure to bookmark it for later. You don’t want to miss this one.
90-Year-Old Man Performs Advanced Kung Fu Form
Here’s what I believe: You’re only as old as you think you are.
Thoughts are powerful. Modern genetic research (called epigenetics) shows that our thoughts have a direct effect on our gene expression. Ancient Eastern philosophy tells us basically the same thing.
If you think you’re old at 61, then you are. Chances are, you’ve been practicing that kind of thinking for many years, even decades. You’ve practiced that thinking so much that it has become a belief.
Me, I’m choosing to cultivate different thoughts. I often tell my students that 60 isn’t even the halfway mark! They usually laugh. But I’m not joking.
I plan to live to be 125, fate willing. That is the thought that gets repeated in my mind, over and over. And I’m going to be strengthening that belief for the next 84 years!
Is it just wishful thinking?
Perhaps. But scientists now believe that the maximum lifespan for humans may be 125 years. That’s an extra 47 years over the average lifespan in the US!
I choose to aim for 125. I choose to cultivate my thoughts in that direction. I refuse to let Father Time beat me up. At the very least, I will put up a good fight, like the man in the video above. Best regards, Sifu Anthony I’m Anthony Korahais, and I used qigong to heal from clinical depression, low back pain, anxiety, and chronic fatigue. I’ve already taught thousands of people from all over the world how to use qigong for their own stubborn health challenges. As the director of Flowing Zen, I'm fully committed to helping people with these arts. In addition to my blog, I also teach online courses and offer in-person retreats and workshops.