Youthfulness: more than meets the eye

You don’t need a complicated skincare routine to stay young. It can be as simple as trying something new today

One sunny morning, you look into the mirror and see a line cracking down like the crater of doom from the corner of your eye towards your slightly saggy cheek. Don’t hyperventilate. There’s the good news. Trust me … You don’t really want to be young again!

Youthfulness is something that’s present in your eyes. It’s a way of being in and interacting with the world. It’s something you can sense in a person’s energy. To stay youthful, you don’t have to go under the knife. Heck, you don’t even have to leave the house. Simply do these three simple things:


When last did you do something without trying to get some kind of result from it – just for kicks? If you’re drawing a blank, it’s time to sign up for that scuba diving course or join a local book club.


Nurture your desires. They serve as the canon that continuously launches you into life. When you wake up in the morning, ask yourself: How can I satisfy a desire today? Even if you have an eight-to-five job, do at least one thing that you consciously choose to, like taking a long bubble bath.


Youthfulness requires you to bend with life. Have you ever seen a baby fall over? Their soft little bodies are usually okay because they embrace the impact. The older we get, the more rigid we become, and the harder it is to go with the flow. It’s worth making an effort to regain some of the malleability you were born with.

Fear and presumption narrow your choices and close you off to new possibilities. Have fun, and take a risk every now and again. Youthfulness is about vitality and spirit – it isn’t in your skin but in your bones.


Emilie Olifant is a disability activist, entrepreneur and motivational speaker. She is the director of the Emilie Olifant Foundation, an organisation that strives to address socio-economic issues experienced by people with disabilities. email:

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