I want both – the BODY of a teen so I can TREK moun­tains, PLAY cricket or do the LO­TUS ASANA with­out wor­ry­ing about ACHES and CREAK­ING bones, and the WEALTHY mind of a 40-plus in­di­vid­ual

Friday - - Deputy Editor’s Letter - Mri­nal Shekar Deputy Edi­tor mshekar@gulfnews.com

Iam Mri­nal Shekar and I am grey­ing. There, I’ve said it – not in whis­pered tones at a meet­ing of some Can­i­ties Anony­mous or on a couch at a psy­chol­o­gist’s of­fice, but loud and clear to any­one who’s pay­ing at­ten­tion.

Now that I’ve said it, let me come out with it com­pletely. I am of an age when peo­ple nor­mally be­gin to show signs of age­ing, so along with the sil­ver in my hair I have crow’s feet and frown lines too. But it is my melanin-los­ing mane that is the high­light of my age­ing per­son­al­ity and I have no plans of hit­ting funky colour bot­tles to cover them.

To all those who still haven’t got my point, I’m com­fort­able with what I see in the mir­ror. Cos­me­tol­o­gists and plas­tic sur­geons, along with hair colourists, of course, please don’t knock on my door look­ing for busi­ness. And, at the risk of stat­ing the ob­vi­ous, I don’t un­der­stand this pur­suit of eter­nal youth. For me, it is surely not a pur­suit of hap­pi­ness. Why would any­one want to re­main 16 for the rest of their lives, an age when you’re peren­ni­ally scared of get­ting caught ei­ther by ever-so-sus­pi­cious par­ents or hawk-eyed teach­ers? Whereas at 40, apart from a nag­ging boss or a dis­trust­ful spouse – some­times vice versa – you don’t have to be ac­count­able to any­body else. You’re the mas­ter of your uni­verse.

‘But I want the body of a 16-year-old for I want to be able to trek moun­tains, play cricket or even do the lo­tus asana with­out hav­ing to worry about aches, pains and creak­ing bones,’ says a col­league, who is on the wrong side of 40. To that ar­gu­ment I don’t have an an­swer. For deep in­side I want that too. Yes, both. The healthy body of a 16-year-old and the wealthy mind of a 40-plus. Call me greedy, but want­ing is not a crime in my uni­verse. Whether you agree or dis­agree, read our story on pur­su­ing eter­nal youth on page 32 and tell me what you think,

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