Thursday, December 24, 2009
Spinning in 'The Fountain of Youth'
I was once a very 'free spirited' and 'fun' teenager, and not too long after that I woke up one Spring morning and I was 30 years old. That was when it all started, and though I was still fun and free spirited, I would often find people gasping with shock when I would tell them my age. "Oh my god, you look so young!" or "No Way! Are you really 30 years old!!?". Hmmm I would think, I never put much thought into it, and I never realized that I seemed and looked much younger than I was. I would joke around and state how it's an 'Asian' thing or an 'Ethnic thing'. It wasn't until recently that I realized that I have been swimming in 'the fountain of youth' almost every day.
For the past 10 years, I have been working as a DJ, I have spent the majority of my time doing something that I really love. Not to mention that DJing is quite youthful by nature. Most DJs don't wear a suit to work, we sport jeans and sneakers and in some cases a baseball cap. A DJ could be 40 years old and still seem like a teenager. I do get 'dolled up' for gigs sometimes, but as soon as I wrap those headphones around my neck, I might as well be deducting 10 yrs from my appearance.
For every time I get a crowd dancing, for every time I hear that roar of excitement b/c I played the 'perfect' record at the 'perfect' time, I might as well be splashing my face, body and soul with water from the fountain.
This is not just some spiritual 'mumbojumbo' it has been proven that endorphins reduce stress, which reduces the natural 'wear and tear' on our bodies that come from aging. The happier we are, the younger we are. Yes, 'we are as young as we feel', and that is why we must spend the majority of our time doing something we love, something that makes us smile like an eight yr old. The more time we spend happy, is just more time that we will live and have to enjoy it.