Be Youthful

The period of youth is pivotal for human development. Youth is a wonderful thing. In youth we learn; in age we understand. It is a critical period of personal change, when you consciously begin to explore and apply your knowledge, values and beliefs about individual and collective life. “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.

In your young age, you take on new responsibilities, becoming agents of change in your communities. Sometime, you may feel yourself as problematic children but no, you are ray of light for the elders if you lend your helping hands seeing that one day, you may also come to that stage. Your age group provides tremendous source of intellectual and social potential waiting to be channeled and developed towards socially constructive ends.

People grow old only by deserting their ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope as old as your despair. In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber. So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer and courage, so long are you young. When your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and then only, are you grown old. And then, indeed as the ballad says, you just fade away. Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.

It is true that the future will depend a great deal on the manner in which educational programs and methods are designed to release your latent potentials, preparing you for the world you may inherit. The connection between education and individual and collective wellbeing is well established and it is imperative to focus on a particular dimension of education, namely education in service of community which in our experience is central to the transmission of individual and community life.

Forces that influence the intellectual and emotional development of a child are not confined to the classroom. Media, technology, family, peers, the wider community and other social institutions convey messages that may be reinforcing in some respects and contradictory in others which could add to your confusion, about identity, moral purpose and social reality. As such formal education needs to go beyond the exclusive aim of helping you to secure gainful employment. Educational processes need to assist you to recognize and express your potential while developing in you the capacity to contribute to the spiritual and material prosperity of communities.

Usually, we divide our life span into three parts – our childhood starting from our birth. Our youth starting from our adolescence and our old age when we feel ourselves tired even to finish our daily routine. It is frankly admitted that during our childhood, we have to depend on others for meeting our own needs. But as soon as we attain our adolescence, we dream to reach heights of our life and start to scale those heights. With the passage of time, some of us do achieve the heights and some may not do but time factor impacts our age decreasing our productivity. Here, we need to be happy. For that purpose, we may have to awake ourselves and keep the sense of being youthful always alive after attaining adolescence and to the last breath. The day we start to feel that we are getting old, our worries regarding the security of our future may snatch peace of our minds. Hence, we need to eliminate our thoughts of being old.

If we keep ourselves youth always, we would like to maintain our body and spirits in the same way. It is essential to keep our energy and vigor up for which we may have to regularly undertake physical and mental exercises to tone up with some supplements as be prescribed by our health care taker. In the process, we may have to give up some of our addictions and demerits also for which we need to study ourselves to know what our weaknesses harm us and in what respects. If we introspect ourselves more vigorously and try to keep away those factors which are responsible to make us old whether they are physical, mental, financial or social, we would be able to keep ourselves young always. What are physical factors which can reduce your youthfulness? They can include extraordinary exertions, lack of proper medical services, long illness or injuries. Mental factors may include unpeaceful family life, indecent environment, inferiority complex etc. Financial troubles like unemployment, business loss or short of finance to meet the essential, social and other requirements can also affect your health. Social circumstances which are not conducive to your status or outlook may also lead you to break down. For being happy, you need to work hard to overcome such conditions. If you succeed, you will not be old at any time.

Be Happy – Be Youthful.


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