Aging: The Dark Side

By Morgan Hassig,
Trending Writer

Well, let’s face it: we are not getting any younger. That’s the sad truth, and you will never be as young as you are right now. See, you are already older! Each second that passes we get one second closer to our deaths. According to Merriam Webster online dictionary, aging is the gradual change in an organism that leads to increased risk of weakness, disease, and death. So that is precisely what we have to look forward to in the coming decades as we grow even older, becoming weaker, less healthy and closer to our final days on earth.

As the human body ages, it begins to show the signs of our lifestyle. If you had the smarts to treat it well, exercise regularly, eat well, take your vitamins, and get enough sleep, you will prob­ably be in better shape than those who treated their bodies in the opposite way. Nonetheless, we will all start to accumulate gray hairs, wrinkles in our face and our hands, and see our bodies slow down. Bone and joint pain will plague some of us and our hair will lose its shine and thickness. Our eyes will become worse after years of use and all that squinting in the dull lighting of your dorm room. The largest effect of aging is the toll it takes on our physical appearances and how sen­sitive we are as humans to that.

With advanced age, the human body becomes more susceptible to disease and other ailments such as diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, heart problems, high blood pres­sure, and stroke, just to name a few. All of these diseases are painful and debilitating, often mak­ing our final years on earth uncomfortable. Our bodies become fragile and tired after so many years of the non-stop activity that composes our daily lives. Oftentimes, aging requires that we take more and more medications each year to maintain ourselves.

Aging could cause you to develop a negative attitude about the world as you realize your time on earth is slowly drawing to a close and that one day you will not be as young, energetic, healthy, or mentally sharp as you once were. Aging is inevitable and a part of the human lifespan. So, enjoy how young, healthy, energetic and mentally sharp you are right now, and take advantage of it, because you will never be as young as you are right now.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, Oct. 29 print edition.

Contact Morgan at
morgan.hassig@student.shu.edu

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