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I am psychologically old. I am 62 years old. And in English we all men are always old. I do not know how to insert my picture from my file.
by PerCLupi on Thu Jul 3rd, 2008 at 03:22:09 PM EST
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You need to upload your photo to a picture hosting site such as Photobucket. First you become a free member. Then follow the instructions to upload your photo there.

Your photo gets a unique URL from the site. Copy that URL into your ET comment box. Then check out the new user guide and select 'how do I embed a picture'. Copy it, paste into the comment, and then replace the 'dummy' url with the one you copied from photobucket. Delete any crap. You're good, Preview first ;-)


You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Jul 3rd, 2008 at 03:35:24 PM EST
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OMG, you are only 62. According to Ayurveda that's mid-life, just getting started. :-) Besides if you consider yourself an old man, I have to start to see myself as an old woman - and I absolutely refuse to do that.
by Fran on Thu Jul 3rd, 2008 at 04:51:34 PM EST
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Fran, yoga becomes you ;-)

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Thu Jul 3rd, 2008 at 05:11:46 PM EST
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PerCLupi, I have seen you refer to physical illness in earlier posts.  Being ill can make one feel much older than one's years.  It can also leave one depressed.

I am 65 years old and my poor body shows the wear, arthritis, a resection of the colon, loss of the right lower lobe of my lung, etc.  I can still do some physical labor.  My memory is still intact, so far as I can tell, but the recall time has gotten  longer and less reliable, especially for recent memories. My mood has improved since I moved from L.A. to northern Arkansas.

I very much like your idea, my problem being my own incompetence in the three or four other languages of which I have a smattering.  The works of our common heritage I know almost exclusively in translation.  I suppose I could propose translations for inclusion.  I have seen you reference Sanskrit in some of your linguistic comments.  

I would suggest that the Vedas are a part of our common Indo-European Heritage. In that vein I will propose inclusion of the Swami Prabhavananda/Fredrick Manchester translation of The Upanishads, especially the Katha Upanishad.  My own copy is an old  paperback Mentor Classic.  I have often found it to be a balm to my soul.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Jul 3rd, 2008 at 10:33:15 PM EST
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ARGeezer, there was no intention of offending in my comment, neither towards PerCLupi nor toward you or somebody in a similar situation.

Aging is a topic I very interested in, obviously, as I am accumulating years of living and experince myself. However, I have been observing a phenomenon with people as they become older - that becoming older is also, and for me mainly, a state of mind. Physical problems all of a sudden are associated with age, though younger people might have the same kind of problems. Being tired is all of a sudden associated with age, when earlier it was stress or work or.... whatever, but not age.

About the slower memory, well, I like the metaphor I once read  - the mind is like a computer, when its new it is fast retrieving information, but as you save more information on the hard disk, it takes longer to find the it again. I like to think that the mind functions the same way and that taking longer to remember something is a sign for a much vaster database that has to be searched. :-)

Oh, and I am aware that I am kidding myself to a certain degree. But I also firmly believe that our thoughts and expectations do have a tendency to be self-fullfilling.

To repeat, I consider age primarily to be a state of mind, and one sign of aging for me is the refusal to learn new things - for example, many of my friends refuse to learn about computers, or new languages or... because they are now of a certain age. Age also becomes an excuse. So, definitely, according to my definition you and PerCLupi are still youthful, as you are open to new and challenging experiences - like posting here on ET. :-D

by Fran on Fri Jul 4th, 2008 at 01:07:44 AM EST
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Fran, my concern is that you might have thought you were giving offense.  I saw compassion.  I agree with what you have said about age being a state of mind, although it is to some extent affected by how we deal with our bodies.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Jul 4th, 2008 at 12:40:59 PM EST
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