What age do you think? Are you 60, but think 30? Or are you 60 and think 90? Age is, after all, part mindset and you have control over what age you think. You can, in fact, choose to be forever young.
Bob Dylan’s 1974 release, “Forever Young,” provides some insight into how to find this particular fountain of youth. Dylan sings:
May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
People have been searching for the fountain of youth for a long time. Many seek the fountain in a doctor’s office where you can get all sorts of injections and implants. But all of that will eventually fade. A longer lasting and less expensive fountain of youth is already inside your head and heart.
Some describe people who exhibit the characteristics and traits that Dylan sings about as “authentic” or “real.” Whatever you call it, it means being open and self-accepting. It means standing up for yourself, your rights and your community. Staying forever young also requires a path that leads to living the best life you can live, no matter what your chronological age. It also means being out and open about your sexual orientation and gender identity, something that requires courage and truth and authenticity.