When I discovered that oxygen, the thing that gives us life, may also be also the very toxin that kills us slowly from the inside, I was rather obsessed with the thought of research that could make one live forever (albeit for only a minute, deuce my attention span).
If humans could somehow survive without oxygen, if they might be able to find a life sustaining substance that does not damage cells and cause aging. After seeing my grandma at her deathbed, I just thought that age brought only disease and pain. It made her once healthy frame wither into almost nothing. Her skin wrapped tightly around her bones, bruising with every slight bump at the bed frame. She could no longer heal, her body was deteriorating to the point of no return. It breaks my heart now to even think back about it.
Even if that was possible, sure scientists would invest their efforts to search for some special antioxidant that prevents aging of the skin? At the very least then, humans could look young till the day they die, even at the age of, say 90. Goodbye Botox and facelift. (Then again, further research seems to show that oxygen is not the sole contributor to aging. But this is not my main topic for today, maybe it’s one best left for scientists to debate!)
But this notion all changed when I stumbled upon a documentary a few nights ago which featured the elderly living in a state of great health. They played basketball and ran marathons; exercise prolonged not only their life, but years of healthy living, which is the crux to leading a long, happy life. What is the point of living a few more years if you have to suffer the pains of disease? The oldest basketball player is Uncle Tan, who is 88 years old, the founder of Qiansui basketball team. The name of the team is derived from the total age of the seniors added together, a whopping thousand years. And they were really nimble! I salute them.
Uncle Tan is a living inspiration. He did his first skydiving at 71 years and his second at 81, and now he is aiming for his third at 91. Not only that, he is a total philanthropist when it comes to promoting healthy living, spending over 5 digit amount annually just to ensure others lead a healthy, fulfilling life. Besides being a healthy man, he is a very brilliant one as well, having made all these money purely from investments. *respect*
“When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot become manifest, strength cannot be exerted, wealth is useless, and reason is powerless.” ~ Herophiles (300 BC).
Let me add one more line to this quote. When health is absent, longevity is a state of torment. I need to exercise more! Hee-ya!