Feeling old? Hit 30 without being depressed

In their 20’s, many people start getting the sense that they’re old. Your best years are nearly over. People younger than you are starting to overtake you – your skills, your wealth, your health. With CEOs as young as 22, Olympic athletes younger than you, fresh-faced hyper-car owners overtaking you, what’s left to be optimistic about?

The solution is simple: remember that it happens to everyone. Everyone sees youth overtaking them, sooner or later. The only people it doesn’t happen to is people who die young. You can be grateful you’re not one of them!

To feel good about yourself and your ageing body and mind, you need to get over the ideals you had when you were younger; the belief that you could take over the world. That you could become better than anyone before you.

That was harsh, it had to be said. But now it’s been said, we can focus on the positives.

Firstly, you have plenty more time to achieve your desires. True; you might not have become CEO at 21, but there’s plenty of time yet.

Second: would you really want to give up the life you have now, for the unknown life had you been an early success? It has been proven that success in itself does not make you happy.

Third: What does make a person happy? If a 90-year-old with a small pension, ailing health and many lost friends and family can be happy, then surely you don’t need to feel bad about not being a spring chicken anymore. The question is how do they do it!

The answer: be at peace with yourself. This is not some new-age spiritual concept. Well, actually it sort of is. But it does not involve meditation (although it can), and it does not involve religion (although it can), and it does not involve happy pills (although it can).

Be proud of who you are

Be proud of what you’ve done. What you’ve overcome.

Remember that you can still make a difference. To yourself and to others.

Remember that everyone’s life eventually comes to an end, but it is not the end. You will have spent your whole life changing the world. Maybe a little bit, maybe more, but you’ve had an impact. You have moved the human race forward, contributed to the well-being of all the people present and future, and every other creature on this planet. There’s still more you can do, today. Seize the day, do something fun. So something amazing. Or just do something.

 

How much will one minute of exercise save the NHS?

Now IMO there’s a good question.

How hard is one minute of exercise? It won’t exactly take you long. About 60 seconds. Go up and down two flights of stairs perhaps.

Now say everyone in the UK did 1 minute more exercise per day than they already do.

I reckon for each minute of exercise that everyone added to their daily routine, the NHS would save in the order of 1 billion pounds every year. I’ve pulled that figure totally off the top of my head, but whether it’s 10 million, 100 million or whatever, doesn’t that make it worth doing?

I don’t vote, because I don’t think one vote can really make a difference. But one minute of exercise might. Maybe I can’t make other people exercise, but I can make a difference to my own health. And if other people read this, who knows, maybe our beloved NHS might stand a chance of surviving. Do we really want to go back to having to pay £15k for a one night stay in hospital? I don’t fancy my chances of staying eligible for affordable healthcare insurance when I reach retirement. I’m only 35, but it’s the one thing that really scares me about the future.

Now we shouldn’t expect everyone to exercise 1 minute more a day – some people cannot. Not just the wheelchair bound; I’m going to stick up for sufferers of mental health problems, to make a point: if one were planing on taking their life, exercise would seem pretty pointless.

But if there is a 10:1 ratio of well to unwell, then just an extra 6 seconds will make up for those who are unable. So, is 66 seconds so much to ask, to look after yourself, the NHS, and the unwell? I think not.

So: Go and do some exercise NOW! Just go up and down those stairs twice. Or 30 pushups, build up those abs and look sexy. Or dig out that awful bush in your garden that you hate. That’s 20 minutes of intense exercise right there! You’ll get a real buzz out of that, I guarantee you. Or do 45 star jumps. Just one minute. For Britain!