I was trying to think of a subject to blog today and with the Spring blog Laurie wrote I thought of the legend of the Fountain of Youth. I guess I always feel a little younger in the spring.
Myths and legends surround longevity. One of the most famous legends is The Fountain of Youth. It was said that anyone who drank from the Fountain would have his or her youth restored.
Legend has it that in 1513 the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon looked for it in Florida. Native stories in the Caribbean told of a restorative spring located north of the Bahamas. He didn’t find it and now there is speculation that he might have never even searched for it but that it might only have been a romantic addition to his story of exploration.
One common characteristic in most of the legends is that the Fountain of Youth does not create immortality, but merely extends life. This legend and others like it might be seeds of reality as modern researchers explore balms, treatments and even special waters to rejuvenate and restore youth and vitality. In a way this is becoming a new Fountain of Youth. Not so glamorous, the original fountain was not just a place, or the water just a thing, it was more a dream. One that was a desire held by early people.
Today, we’re more likely to buy a lottery ticket to support our dreams. Why not, one common denominator in the young is hope. And, be honest when we purchase that ticket don’t we dream a little as we hope for . . .
I find the Fountain of Youth when;
#1. I eat better. The better choices I make in diet, the better and more energetic I feel. Eating things I shouldn’t means I have less energy, so do less.
#2. I put some physical activity in my day. Walking, playing a Wii game, heck even housework. Again the more I do the more energetic I feel, the less I do the more sluggish I feel.
My trouble is like the car in the grocery parking lot I keep losing the darn fountain. I stick diet and activity (notice I don’t use the E word) into a slot in the day, then forget where I put it.
Have a great day and remember to stop and enjoy. Maybe that’s the true Fountain of Youth.