Today is my 40th birthday. Yesterday, I went to the studio as usual to teach my evening classes. For the 2nd year in a row, my amazing wife managed to surprise me. When I arrived, students were waiting for me, complete with presents, cake, and balloons.
One of the birthday napkins had the following written on it: “I’m not aging, I’m evolving.” It’s a funny quote, but when I saw it, I thought to myself, “That’s true!”
I’m willing to bet that most people my age don’t feel as good as I do. I think most 40-year-olds feel that they are gradually getting worse. I don’t. Thanks to Qigong and Tai Chi, I’m getting better and better. And it’s not just wishful thinking. I’m happier than ever, but I’m also healthier, stronger, faster, leaner, more flexible, more powerful, and more successful.
I’m amazed at people who, at age 60, act old. Often, when I ask them if they’re ready to get rid of their pain and illness, they look at me like I’m crazy. “I’m just getting old,” they argue. “It’s normal!” Well, then I’m happy to be abnormal, and I’m happy to have helped many, many 60-year-olds to become happier and healthier than they were at 50.
Practicing Qigong and Tai Chi keeps me young. It’s not just figurative. My body, my biochemistry, my cells — everything is younger as a result of practicing these arts. And not just younger, but more evolved.
For example, I’m happier than ever — happier than even when I was a child. Although I was healthy as a child, I wasn’t as highly evolved mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Today, I’ve got the best of both worlds because I’m both healthy and happy.
They say that youth is wasted on the young. By the time most people are mature enough to truly appreciate life, they don’t have enough energy or vitality to do so. That may be true for most people, but not me.
I’m going to live to 120. I say this to my students all the time, and they laugh. Some of them probably think I’m kidding, but those who know me, those who have been with me for a few years know that I’m serious. I plan to live to 120, and to live well!
What about you?From the heart, Sifu Anthony