Art - The New Fountain of Youth
The whole world seems to be obsessed with looking younger. Everywhere you turn images of beautiful, youthful people are used to entice you into buying something. And no self respecting supermarket magazine would hit the stands without a picuture of a 50 something celebrities aspring to look like a Gen "Y"er.
Not that I've got a problem with people wanting to look younger than they really are. If it motivates you to exercise and eat healthily then that's superb.
But what about keeping a youthful and inquistive outlook on life?
What about keeping your brain sharp and nimble?
That's an important part of a balanced mix in staying young too.
And as you might have guessed ... drawing and painting can play an important part in keeping you young in mind and spirit ...
Art is an intensely meditative experience - and the anti-ageing effects of meditation are well known. Many artists will tell you that once you start to really focus on what you are doing they lose track of the time and cocoon themselves from the distractions and worries of the outside world.
When you learn how to draw you will also find that you "re-learn" how to see things as they really are. If you have never learnt to draw before you will be surprised at how your mind takes shortcuts and interprets what you think you are seeing rather than what is really there. But once you start to learn how to draw you look at everything in a new light and a more inquisitive and childlike way.
The ability to continue to improve at art is not restricted by age. This in itself is great news. But the important thing here is that because you can keep improving every week, month and year you can develop and sustain an ongoing passion for it. And like anything else - it is that spark of passion that keeps us emotionally and mentally young.
So there you have it - art can deliver a classic triple play:
The anti-aging effects of mediation
Learning to see the world through the eyes of a child again, and
Giving you something to be passionate about
Its a "fountain of youth" for body, mind and spirit.
So next time you're at the gym working on keeping yourself looking young on the outside. Think about taking an art supplement to keep you young on the inside as well.