forever young

youth is not a time of life - it is a state of mind. it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips & supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions, it is the freshness of the deep springs of life. youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidly, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease. this often exists in a man of 60 more than in a boy of 20. nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. we grow old by deserting our ideals. years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. worry, fear & self-doubt bow down the heart & turn the spirit to dust. whether 60 or 16, there is in every human being's heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing childlike curiosity of what's next? & the joy of the game of living. in the center of your heart & mine there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer & courage, you are young. when aerials are down, & your spirit is covered with the snows of cynicism & the ice of pessimism, then you have grown old, even at 20. but so long as the aerials are up, to catch the optimism, there is hope you may die young at 90. {samuel ullman}