Young at Heart, sung by good old blue eyes, is hands down my favorite song of all time. It always puts a smile on my face, pep in my step, and inevitably takes up residence in my head for days at a time.
“Fairy tales can come true, it can happen to you. If you’re young at heart…”
It is so darn catchy, I just can’t help it. And it’s so happy, I don’t want to. I love the thought, the message, the voice of the lyrics.
Young at heart. My very most favorite people are just that. They color, in coloring books! They dance, everywhere- EVERYWHERE. They play Marco-Polo, while grocery shopping. They are delighted by the wonders of nature. They are curious. They play sports. They take things apart and reassemble them to see how they work. They get lost in books. They skip instead of walk, when the mood strikes. Their face lights up when Disney, soft-serve, or puppies are mentioned. They come up with amazing ideas and put them in motion.
These people are also happier. They handle stress better. They know how to have a good time and, if you’re with them, you’re guaranteed a good time too. They make a habit of finding the bright-side. They are kind, caring, and compassionate. They are, unfailingly, among the most intelligent people I have the pleasure of knowing.
“The point, what is the point?” you’re shouting. The point is, being young at heart is a lifestyle, a mindset, and a daily, hourly, minute by minute choice. It is much like happiness in that respect, and the two go hand in hand much of the time. You too can be young at heart.
So today, go and be young at heart. Look up at the sky when you walk outside. Smile at a stranger. Link arms with a friend. Find the can, where you only saw can’t. Tomorrow, be young at heart. Draw a picture. Open your mind. Go for a walk. Laugh, truly belly laugh out loud. Be alive. Repeat. Again. And again.
“And if you should survive to one hundred and five, look at all you’ll derive out of being alive…if you are among the very young at heart.”