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Why Do People Fear Ageing?

Compiled by: Pabita Dahal
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Susan Shrestha
Executive Director, Agni Group

Ageing happens to everyone and there is no way to run away from it. Instead of worrying about ageing it’s better to take care of ourselves from now. I am working towards eating well, stressing less, staying away from toxic people, exercising properly, sleeping well and spending quality time with family and friends. I am blessed to have good friends and my husband who stands with me through the very thick and thin of times.

Irrespective of any age, everyone has aches and pain. It is just how you face it. I am grateful to my mother and mother-in-law who are a great example of growing older comfortably. Staying busy, staying beautiful inside and outside and ageing gracefully is something I have learned from my mother. Even in her 70s, she is fiercely independent, grounded and is taking pleasure in the simple things in life which makes me more appreciative and respectful towards her. Also, I have seen my mother in law in her 80s and still she is focused, positive, and strong who loves family time the most.

I have to accept the fact that getting old is a reality and I realise it more when I see my children who have become young adults, who think and act with logic and have a mind of their own. I am always learning new things from them and am open to accepting new beliefs and concepts which are always changing, rather than resisting it. It helps me to feel young in mind. However, I have accepted the process of ageing with comfort and ease. As Mark Twain said, “Age is an issue of mind over matter, if you don’t mind it doesn’t matter”.