Anti-Aging ?

Do you agree that the term ‘anti-aging’ should no longer be used?

This term implies that aging is something shameful, and should be hidden, denied, and feared !

Some organizations are definitely in agreement, including the Royal Society of Public Health (RSPH) , which suggested banning the term ‘anti-aging’, in 2018, in the United Kingdom.

‘Allure Magazine’, an American publication, banned the use of this phrase in 2017.

We need to stop using this term, so that young people will stop being afraid of growing older.

In God’s plan, physical strength belongs to the young, but spiritual strength belongs to the old, if they have spent their younger years following God.

Of course, this is not always the case, since some young people, who love and obey God already show amazing spiritual maturity.

I enjoy reading the wise thoughts of readers of all ages on WordPress.

Let us thank God for the gift of each day.

Life, in obedience to God, is a blessing, at any age.

35 thoughts on “Anti-Aging ?

  1. In Celtic mythology, there was a man named Keelta MacRonan who was the nephew of a great Irish pagan captain named Finn Mac Cumhaill. Keelta lived so long that he somehow got to meet St. Patrick and became Christian. He was offered youth, at a time, by fairies (or elves), but he refused saying that he would not lengthen his days beyond what God had set for him. This post made me think of that.

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      1. J. R. R. Tolkien put it very well when he said: β€œWe have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God.” I think he was right.

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  2. This is my first time coming across the term but well yes. I agree that the use of the phrase should be abolished. Aging is part of earthly life and lest it be labeled shameful because we all go through it and noone made a choice. Instead it is a blessing because many die young and fail to experience the goodness of aging. Seeing things change, being a witness of evolution.

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  3. Loving mankind ,acceptance ,optimism and trying to adjust to be happy irrespective of situation and if course praying to God would definitely make us strong enough to consider aging is nothing but a relating to just a number ,nothing else.
    sometimes visit to my blog .

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  4. Interesting. I didn’t realize there were any groups opposing the term anti-aging. But I agree it communicates that aging is a bad thing, with nothing much of value to offer. Yet, experience, knowledge, understanding and often wisdom come with age. Perhaps as a society we don’t yet value these enough.

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    1. Hi ! I was especially referring to the term as used to describe various creams,
      potions and beauty products.
      The beauty and make-up industry makes billions of dollars selling products labelled ‘anti-aging’.
      Some products claim to erase wrinkles, and hide all visible signs of aging.

      Sometimes hairstyles are suggested for older women, that are ‘anti-aging’.
      Wardrobe advisors also write articles on how certain clothing styles are ‘anti-aging’.
      I confess that I have used the term myself in my writing. 😁🌷

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  5. Thanks, Sally. I agree that an attitude adjustment is needed in our culture. Aging and the elderly used to be a blessing, something/someone to emulate and treasure. Now, it’s an inevitable demise. That’s sad.

    I wrote an article last year about my parents in order to celebrate how vital they have remained in their later years:

    (https://saralivingfree.com/2019/07/15/living-in-the-golden-years-hats-off-to-you/)

    I hope to teach my children to treasure their grandparents and to embrace each phase of change, growth, and aging they themselves encounter in life.

    And, hey! If I’ve got wrinkles (which I sure do), praise God I’ve lived long enough to get them! LOL

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    1. Wow, Sara, thanks for sharing this beautiful post about your parents.
      They are living truly blessed lives, as they bless others.
      Yes, for sure, our society needs an attitude adjustment regarding growing older.
      I really appreciate your comment. πŸ€—πŸŒ·

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  6. Hey Sally! πŸ€—I hear you on this and I see a double edged sword again sorta. Industries make fortunes off people trying to stay young looking; so it’s pushed to the hilt that younger is better and for some reason the actual life process of growing old is now taboo to face and speak about in realistic terms? I’m sure people didn’t make as much fuss about it a few hundred years ago running around in the forests trying to survive. But, today people are more brainwashed to think too much about physical body appearance! I think the idea is that everything does grow old, anything and everything in this finite universe is subject to decay or breakdown and that is what will happen to our bodies these temporary shells that our souls reside in for our lifetime. But, I was going to say the idea is to grow old with dignity and acceptance of this process of living, because as long as we are breathing we are ALIVE and that is the thing that matters living and living fully letting the things of the past like youth and physical beauty which are all fleeting remain in the past and not think we hope they find the fountain of youth and reverse father times ravages upon our delicate bodies that face all the elements and many destructive forces, along with internal clocks that start ticking down from the moment we are born. Aging like a β€œfine wine” is the ideal and gracefully accepting the parameters of that reality. We won’t care or think as much as two shakes of a lamb’s tail when our souls are in heaven what these little old aging bodies where or how they ended up turning to dust, so much dust in the wind! It wouldn’t do a society any good to have a bunch of old farts walking around deluded in a trace because they saw the therapist and took a happy pill and believe they are 25 when really 85 or at least looking that fresh in their own minds for example! Life is stages anyway right? So, we should take each stage on head on, and take it for what it is, there is good and bad in all these stages and the youngest is not the best and you and I know that! Awesome photo btw! You got the balance of rich reddish hues with orange and the dark contrast of the foreground! Excellent and perfect to me! Hey, if you differ or can point out my error in anything I say let it rip and blast me! I just say it how I see it, but, that don’t make me right; necessarily! πŸ€£πŸ˜‰πŸ‘ πŸ€— πŸ™πŸ•ŠβœοΈπŸ•ŠπŸ™πŸŒŸπŸ€—
    β€œThen man’s dust will go back to the earth, returning to what it was, and the spirit will return to the God who gave it.” Ecclesiastes 12:7
    β€œYou will turn back into the dust of the earth again [Lβ€―The dust will return to the earth as it was], β€’but your [Lβ€―and the] spirit will return to God who gave it.” [3:21; Gen. 2:7; 3:19].

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    1. Hi Lawrence ! Thanks for your comment.
      It was funny when you said that one day we won’t care ‘two shakes of a lamb’s tail’ 😁.
      Yes, Lawrence – each stage of life is unique with its own joys and challenges.
      Hopefully, as we begin to challenge prejudice within society, we can see the folly of using the term ‘anti-aging’.
      Thanks for your comment on the photo.
      I happened to photograph a seagull in it. (Not sure if this was my buddy Scott)🌷

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  7. I agree, Sally. But there are millions of dollars made from people who fall for the idea that they need to stay young-looking as long as possible. I happen to like my grey hair. πŸ™‚ And I have always, even as a child, loved to be with older people. For the most part, they have much more interesting things to talk about because they have lived so many more years than young people and have experienced so much more.
    Aging is going to happen whatever means we use to try to cover it up. It’s just life. I think if people could just learn to accept and be satisfied with who and how the Lord made them, there wouldn’t be such a perceived “need” for so-called anti-aging products. And if they would stop a minute to think that our bodies do still keep aging as long as we live. Nothing can stop the years from passing. It is really a rather ridiculous concept to think anything can be truly anti-aging.
    As they say in the business world, advertising pays.

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    1. Yes, Diane, you are right.
      Billions of dollars are spent by people chasing the illusion that youth is better than maturity.
      Just like other prejudices, ‘agism’ needs to be challenged.
      Thanks for your comment. πŸ€—πŸŒ·

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  8. I couldn’t agree more ma’am. πŸ€— Aging is a blessing and I love your emphasis on “if we have stayed in God”. A life well spent is a life that has grown in Him. And this is a challenge to us the younger generation to maximize the time we have now.

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    1. Thank-you for your wise comment .
      Some young people are already spiritually wise. I can see that you are one of those young, wise people. πŸ€—πŸŒ·

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