How to Act Young When You Look Old

I don’t know about you, but I look a lot older than I really am. Now I know I could resolve much of that by coloring my hair with some product like “Just for Men”, but I refuse to go there just yet. But it really gets frustrating sometimes. For example, at my brother’s wedding four years ago, the photographer thought I was his father. Really, I’m not kidding.

And just a few weeks ago, I was a riding in a car with another one of my brothers when he stopped to pick up his paycheck. Anyway, his boss saw me in the car and asked him if I was his father. Now, he only saw me from a distance, but it still hurt. And I’ve had lots of people from my church and other places outside my work environment ask me when I am going to retire. Again, I’m not making this up.

So I’ve decided to fight this battle in my own way. I have resolved that, since I obviously look old, I’m going to act young to compensate for it. So what I am doing to act young? Well, it all has to with the way I move around.

First, I try to walk faster than everyone else. That one is not a big deal for me, as I’ve always had a tendency to walk fast. It’s a family trait.

Second, I try to use quick, snappy movements. That means getting up from a sitting position quickly, sitting down quickly, lying down quickly, getting up from a lying position quickly, changing directions quickly, turning quickly, etc. Now this one presents a little more of a challenge to me. I have to be careful not to hurt or damage a sensitive body part.

Third, I don’t use my hands when getting up or sitting down. This is not as easy as it might sound. I’m amazed at how people much younger than I will push or pull themselves up with their hands when getting up from a seated position. They’ll use either the chair or seat they are sitting in or something in front of them such as a desk or the back of a church pew. Watch this the next time you are in church or any place else where a good number of people are gathered. This one…

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