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“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” Sophia Loren

Motivation Mondays: Fountain of Youth

Motivation Mondays: Fountain of Youth

What does the fountain of youth mean to you? Pearl S. Buck said that “To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.” Is that true for you? Birthdays are a great time to reflect on our lives and look back to our days of youthful exuberance. Since I celebrated mine last week, I’ve been thinking about the things I enjoyed doing in my youth, and how those things helped me create space and a place of imperative reflection and healing. Yet, I am equally aware that the notion of youth or the fountain of youth, to be specific, is truly a state of mind.  We can choose to age gracefully, enjoy the things that always made us happy, and stay passionate about life even as the dewy days of physical youth evaporate. It is a choice. If you believe it is a state of joy, state of mind, place of personal growth and creative power, you have discovered that fountain. How do you convey that to others around you who think you should “act your age”?, be like X or Z? One of the beauties of this world we inhabit is our diversity of interests and we must fight to create space that fits our needs and maintain the range.

Add to this, the fact that yesterday was International Youth Day and the UN designated theme for 2018 is IYD 2018 – Safe Spaces for Youth, then it makes sense to hit the pause button and consider how far we have come and how much more work is needed. Come back for more…

 

A Madrigal by William Shakespeare
Crabbed Age and Youth
Cannot live together:
Youth is full of pleasance,
Age is full of care;
Youth like summer morn,
Age like winter weather;
Youth like summer brave,
Age like winter bare:
Youth is full of sports,
Age’s breath is short,
Youth is nimble, Age is lame:
Youth is hot and bold,
Age is weak and cold,
Youth is wild, and Age is tame:-
Age, I do abhor thee;
Youth, I do adore thee;
O! my Love, my Love is young!
Age, I do defy thee-
O sweet shepherd, hie thee,
For methinks thou stay’st too long. via poemhunter.com

READ:
International Youth Day
Motivation Mondays: Stumbling Blocks
Motivation Mondays: Disrupt Your Paradigms

 

 

Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.” Samuel Ullman

Motivation Mondays: Fountain of Youth

Motivation Mondays: Fountain of Youth

Is Youth a State of Mind? Once we remove the physical qualifiers, I think so too. I’ve always loved music of many genres and spent my youth attending or organizing parties and going to nightclubs. I danced all night in the UK, and  took dance classes in NY to stay on top of the moves. The disco era was great and even though I caught the tail end of it, I never missed an opportunity to hang out with friends at the latest NY nightclub and party. I loved going to concerts too but, for whatever reason, many of my college friends were not keen on the idea. Since I preferred to go with others, I missed out on some great concerts that I still regret till this day. After I got heavily into yoga and meditation, I cut back on my secular music interests. Then, I got married, settled into parenthood and the music-party-music scene dropped off my radar. I still bought and listened to all the hits, and even my twins remember me playing Tupac, BIGGIE, Mary J, Lauren H, Sade and a host of other popular  artists on the car CD/DVD player.  But the concerts and such were no more.

Dial forward to the new millennium and I started feeling the urge to get back into attending concerts again. There is something to be said about seeing an artist you love perform their music live; it is magical and the wave of love coming from the gathering of fans at these events can’t be beat…  I dusted off my dancing shoes and slowly tiptoed back into the world of live music. Seeing Sade perform live was a dream, especially as she had been on hiatus for years. I added a few more artists concerts to the mix; Beyonce, Chris Brown, Janet Jackson, Kanye and JayZ,  and even a few more… then I skipped a beat. Then sometime this year, I think, I  heard Unforgettable by/with French Montana and Swae Lee on YouTube and a long lost memory was triggered. I have since dusted off those shoes and attended a bunch of concerts; Hot 97 SummerFest, Rae Sremmurd/Wiz Khalifa, Billboard 100, and, coming soon, Drake w/ Migos and many more in the works. I love Afrobeats, HipHop, Rap, R&B, Gospel, Pop, Reggae and a sampling of other musical genres. I’m back at dance class and enjoy going to concerts where I meet so many people; the majority of them are avid fans who want to have fun and rock out to the music they are hearing. All these beats keep me moving and youthful.  Music  reinvigorates my spirit and I’ll be damned if I’ll let anyone tell me who, when or what I should listen to….. Live your life. Youth is a state of mind. TBC ( To be continued)

The Child’s Faith is New by Emily Dickinson
The Child’s faith is new—
Whole—like His Principle—
Wide—like the Sunrise
On fresh Eyes—
Never had a Doubt—
Laughs—at a Scruple—
Believes all sham
But Paradise—

Credits the World—
Deems His Dominion
Broadest of Sovereignties—
And Caesar—mean—
In the Comparison—
Baseless Emperor—
Ruler of Nought—
Yet swaying all—

Grown bye and bye
To hold mistaken
His pretty estimates
Of Prickly Things
He gains the skill
Sorrowful—as certain—
Men—to anticipate
Instead of Kings— via poemhunter.com

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The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for JULY 2018/AUG 2018 are:

JULY

07/01   –  04, Independence Day
07/08   –  11  World Population Day, 14 Bastille Day
07/15  –  15 National Ice cream Day, 18 Nelson Mandela Day
07/22   –  22 Parents Day,
07/29 –    30 International Day of Friendship, Day against Trafficking

AUGUST

08/01   –  Girlfriend Day
08/06   –  Friendship Day, World Indigenous People Day,
08/13  –   International Youth Day
08/20  –   World Humanitarian Day, MTV Music Awards
08/27   –  National Dog Day

 

 

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“The hopes of the world rest on young people. Peace, economic dynamism, social justice, tolerance — all this and more, today and tomorrow, depends on tapping into the power of youth.” UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Motivation Mondays: Fountain of Youth

Motivation Mondays: Fountain of Youth

Motivation Mondays: Fountain of Youth

Motivation Mondays: Fountain of Youth


International Youth Day 2018 – UN Chief and UN Youth Envoy Use #UnitedNations #YouthDay #SafeSpaces4Youth

 

On 17 December 1999, in resolution 54/120, the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998), calling for 12 August be declared International Youth Day. SDG Knowledge

Celebrations of International Youth Day:  In the 18 years since the creation of International Youth Day, the UN has always had a designated theme and call for youth action each year. The themes are carefully researched and focus on important issues our youth around the world are grappling with. As our digital and offline world mesh and overlap one another, there is even greater need for creating a safe space that allows us all room to think, plan and create. This year’s theme takes a closer look at the subject and recommends that we not forget the power of building/creating spaces that allow free thinking and serve as a conduit of light and learning.

 

Fountain of Youth by Dave Alan Walker
In the midst
of an everlasting journey
with no arrival in sight
a fountain of youth
is draining away

Don’t waste your life
don’t throw it all away
live it to the full
but with a future in your mind

READ:  IYD Toolkit  and  you may still use on Twitter #SafeSpaces4Youth

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Inspiration: Aging Beautifully…

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Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for the months above/below)
Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
Category tag: – Share your post using Motivation Mondays
Twitter hashtag: – Use this on Twitter #MotvnM
Dedicated Page: There is a dedicated page for Motivation Mondays. It has the same instructions and will include other helpful tools and a link to the round-up
Facebook Page: MotivationOnMondays Join our page and add your post and/or any motivational piece you think will be helpful to others.
Facebook Community: We have a Facebook community forum to compliment the page. It serves as another way to share uplifting posts and thoughts. Please join in and add your voice.

Badge: – I created a fun badge using PicMonkey’s free photo editing tools. You can create your own, use WordPress’ integrated tool on your blog or you are welcome to use mine. (see dedicated page)
Tag: – Motivation Mondays
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Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

 

154 Comments leave one →
  1. NAMRASTAN permalink
    14/08/2018 1:58 am

    I work in a youth empowering organisation so this was just great. Creating safe places foe youth is so important, and youngsters have a lot to offer! Instill feel young at heart and get inspired by youth everyday.

  2. Karla permalink
    14/08/2018 5:09 am

    I enjoyed reading your post! I love how you define fountain of youth, I hope I can find my fountain of youth,very inspiring too. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Chris permalink
    14/08/2018 5:59 am

    I definitely do think that the fountain of youth needs to come from within. Thinking back to your youth and pulling out the things that you remember enjoying and doing them again. Thank you for this post!

  4. Heather permalink
    14/08/2018 7:43 am

    That Sophia Loren doesn’t get enough credit for her wisdom! She had a great, healthy outlook on life and beauty but she is still just remembered as a bombshell.

  5. Christa Anne permalink
    14/08/2018 6:50 am

    I think it’s great that safe spaces is this year’s theme. It is so important for children to be able to explore who they are free from judgment and the threat of harm.

  6. acraftymix permalink
    14/08/2018 7:51 am

    I’m not 100% sure I agree with the quote from Pearl S. Buck. I need to think about that one a little more, but I do agree with Samuel Ullman and Emily Dickinson. When we see the world through the eyes of a child (even if they’re our old wrinkly eyes) and imagine passionately, then we have a never ending fountain of youth inside of us

  7. Geraline Batarra permalink
    14/08/2018 8:22 am

    They always said that the young one is a hope of the nation or the world. The youth should always do what best for themselves as it reflects it to each people that surrounds you.

  8. anneliserothe permalink
    14/08/2018 9:34 am

    I love motivational Monday’s! They help me start the week right, and all these themes are fantastic!

  9. Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl) permalink
    14/08/2018 8:35 am

    I strongly believe that curiosity is a basis for staying young. The moment you are no longer interested in knowing new places/activities/tastes automatically makes you old and ready to be finished

  10. Preet permalink
    14/08/2018 9:54 am

    Foubtain of youth is everyone’s dream. Happy International Youth Day. Let us celebrate and give tribute to the new hero of our country, The youth.

  11. Emma Riley permalink
    14/08/2018 10:03 am

    The youth is hope of this world and I hope that youth use their strenght, ability, intelligence and power to do good things that will help us to maintain the freedom and the peace of each nation.

  12. Ramona Cruz-Peters permalink
    14/08/2018 9:28 am

    I personally always struggle with the idea of aging, or fear of life getting away from me. Every milestone birthday is hard for me. I like this perspective that youth is a state of mind, not a number.

  13. Monidipa permalink
    14/08/2018 9:50 am

    I totally agree with you, fountain of youth is a state of mind. Youth is the most important part of a person’s life, one can either make it or break it in their youth. Great post. Very motivating.

  14. tanviidotcom permalink
    14/08/2018 10:48 am

    Youth is all about dreams and energy. It is all about staying curious and never stop learning for me.

  15. Jin permalink
    14/08/2018 11:35 am

    A topic that we all think about heavily as we get older! I agree, it’s more of a state of mind than anything else. And it’s how we should live out the rest of our lives!

  16. annerbananer1 permalink
    14/08/2018 1:32 pm

    You are so right that youth is more of a state of mind than an age. My dad is 76 and he still acts like a kid!

  17. ronaldgagnon8 permalink
    14/08/2018 1:41 pm

    I think the comment by Sophia Loren says it all…to bad not everyone can read and live by it

  18. Nati permalink
    14/08/2018 2:03 pm

    What a lovely and wise article you just gifted us with! I also think youth is a state of mind, and a feeling! There is no one day I don’t get surprised by my mirror giving me back the image of a woman much older than the woman I feel inside me!

  19. Brandy (@brandyellen) permalink
    14/08/2018 3:35 pm

    What struck me most was that youth is a state of mind, it’s so true! I loved reading this, very uplifting and inspirational!

  20. trinadphoto permalink
    14/08/2018 5:36 pm

    I really enjoyed reading your post and look forward to reading more from you. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Jennifer Prince permalink
    14/08/2018 6:55 pm

    Ah! I love having an ageless approach. We can’t beat it, so bettering ourselves and learning new things is the way to go! 🙂

  22. Jhoan Escaro permalink
    14/08/2018 6:21 pm

    This is so inspiring! It’s not the age the counts really. It’s the wisdom, experiences, and memories that we gather through the year.

  23. Czjai Reyes-Ocampo permalink
    14/08/2018 7:09 pm

    I was a party animal back in the days. I loved going to concerts, bar hopping with my friends, staying up (and out) until the wee hours of the morning. These days I need to be in bed before 10 pm, otherwise I’d be pretty cranky the next day, haha!

  24. Catherine Shane permalink
    14/08/2018 9:40 pm

    That is really true quotation very inspiring. Problems doesn’t matter when I’ve read this kind of motivational message.

  25. Sreekar Harinatha permalink
    14/08/2018 8:58 pm

    As you rightly point out; youth is indeed a state of mind. And age is just a number as everyone likes to say. These days economic dynamism and social justice play a wider and far reaching roles in the development of any country and the youth need to be at the forefront for that to happen!

  26. Jojo Hua permalink
    14/08/2018 8:59 pm

    I love how you can take the meaning of fountain of youth literally as well as metaphorically.

  27. rhianwestbury permalink
    14/08/2018 10:52 pm

    The foundation of youth is a great concept, I’ve never really thought of it’s impact x

  28. Sam permalink
    14/08/2018 11:16 pm

    I really like the quote from Sophia Loren. I also believe that youth/age is a state of mind. I don’t feel like my age at all & definitely feel younger. I hope it stays that way!

  29. Astrid Oxford permalink
    15/08/2018 2:07 am

    “Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind…” Exactly how I feel about this! People always want to know how I’ve managed to look the same as I looked when I was 15! Youth is a state of mind xx

  30. Corina permalink
    15/08/2018 2:54 am

    I think so, youth is a state of mind and I know it because being young, there are days when I feel old, so thus I know it can be the other way around…

  31. Nancie permalink
    15/08/2018 3:52 am

    I’ve always believed that how we think has a lot to do with how young and youthful we feel. I also think there’s so much truth in Pearl S. Buck’s quote.

  32. healthyfitcouple.com permalink
    15/08/2018 4:22 am

    I totally agree with this, fountain of youth is in our minds and the creativity we bring to life. Very motivational!

  33. London Mumma permalink
    15/08/2018 5:15 am

    For me a fountain of youth is all about a state of mind and where you are in your life. I have a happy and healthy one with my daughter and she gives me so much joy and passion.

  34. GiGi Eats Celebrities permalink
    15/08/2018 7:02 am

    The fountain of youth to me is just feeling confident and comfortable in your own skin !

  35. fibidrese permalink
    15/08/2018 8:44 am

    Wow, Happy international youth. Always stay young in my mind too

  36. Emma Riley permalink
    15/08/2018 9:03 am

    A fountain of youth is always within us in any ages. It is really up to us if we are going to use it or not.

  37. Mum mum Ma permalink
    15/08/2018 9:59 am

    Like budha says look inside. You are right our mind and heart is source of it all.

  38. Ranelle Emma permalink
    15/08/2018 9:14 am

    The fountain of youth is an interesting concept I truly believe you are only as old as you feel… and you can choose to feel young. However i believe happiness is something all together different. Though much like feeling young is a choice.

  39. Catherine Santiago Jose permalink
    15/08/2018 10:17 am

    This is such a great post and I agree that the age is just a number and the real fountain of youth is in our mind, your talents, and the creativity that we bring into our lives and others lives.

  40. remo permalink
    15/08/2018 10:20 am

    Nice read and video. Quite inspirational. As it has been said “youth is the best time to be rich and the best time to be poor.”

  41. Catherine Santiago Jose permalink
    15/08/2018 10:58 am

    I agree in what the UN Secretary said that the hopes of the world rest on young people and I think we should support and teach them to be more responsible and careful in every act that they do. I do believe that the youth will help us change this world in a better world.

  42. Chris Alupului permalink
    15/08/2018 10:10 am

    Happy late birthday, I usually convey to others by my actions and don’t even bother if people think I “act my age” or not. A simple method, one I’ve re-learned from when I was a toddler.

  43. Indu permalink
    15/08/2018 10:22 am

    Fountain of youth is not a certain period of life. This is everlasting in brighter thoughts and in inner joy.

  44. Holly Lasha permalink
    15/08/2018 10:35 am

    Feeling young is such an important part of staying young. You are only as old as you let yourself be

  45. Tosha permalink
    15/08/2018 10:56 am

    Motivation is the key to so much! Great post.

  46. Fiona Crystal permalink
    15/08/2018 12:13 pm

    You are a great writer and I love all your articles. They are full of wisdom and insight that we often ignore in our life. I absolutely agree that Fountain of Youth is a state of mind 🙂

  47. makeupadda1 permalink
    15/08/2018 12:50 pm

    that was a very positive and motivational post. Must read for all people. Thanks for sharing this with us

  48. Sue Tanya Mchorgh permalink
    15/08/2018 1:12 pm

    I agree with Sophia Loren’s quote. I do believe the fountain of youth is really your mind and the talents, ideas you bring to life. Really good message in this week’s motivation Monday.

  49. Leigh Anne Borders (@laborders2000) permalink
    15/08/2018 4:42 pm

    I always enjoy your posts. They get me thinking much deeper than I have before. I have learned over time that being youthful is not just a number, but it is what makes you. If you want to be youthful be that. It is all in a matter of opinion.

  50. Reese Woods permalink
    15/08/2018 6:47 pm

    I have always liked the saying that you are only an old as you feel. Age is just a number and doesn’t have to limit us!

  51. Geraline Batarra permalink
    15/08/2018 7:54 pm

    This is such a great post and I do believe that the fountain of youth is not base in drinking a sacred water as what the myth said but it s all about how strong your mentality and personality even if you are get older at age.

  52. Geraline Batarra permalink
    15/08/2018 9:07 pm

    I love this post and I also loved all the nice quotes that you use. Maybe I am getting older and older but my heart and soul and mind are definitely young for a lifetime.

  53. Anna permalink
    15/08/2018 10:16 pm

    I just love reading your blog posts. So deep and makes me ponder every time.

  54. mrhappywork permalink
    15/08/2018 10:42 pm

    Wow, I never knew there were so many different types of special days on Mondays!

  55. Nancie permalink
    16/08/2018 1:59 am

    I think Dave Alan Walker’s poem says it all. I particularly like the last two lines; live it to the full
    but with a future in your mind

  56. Jenn permalink
    16/08/2018 3:18 am

    For me, it’s like live life why we’re still young. As what they say, there’s no forever and you only have one chance to play it all out until it becomes a memory.

  57. Lisa Rios permalink
    16/08/2018 6:13 am

    I love that quote. It is so true that when you have a passion and a purpose, you are truly young. Having fun and being open to life is another way to look feel and be young.

  58. Heather permalink
    16/08/2018 6:33 am

    I am such a huge fan of Sophia Loren, for just this reason! She had such a great attitude and outlook on life…she was so much more than just beautiful!

  59. Shaily permalink
    16/08/2018 7:21 am

    This is such a lovely post that touched my heart. Although there is a striking contrast between youth and age in those shakespearean verses, he agrees in the end that love defies those limitations. Similarly, our mind, talents, creativity and many other things in life are simply ageless and timeless. And when we realise this fact, we defeat age.

  60. eliza permalink
    16/08/2018 6:58 am

    Its really great feeling to reflect especially those years that were given to us and how we spend it meaningfully even in our youth days. I love reading your post.

  61. Beau-tee Mail permalink
    16/08/2018 8:34 am

    I never knew that there is something called the fountain of youth, but I have embraced this lifestyle for a while now. Some people discribes me as extra, but I really don’t care.

  62. Chastity permalink
    16/08/2018 10:17 am

    The fountain of youth to me simply means living and breathing I. Your truth. Doing what makes you happy. And surrounding yourself with good happy times! Life can be this simple if we can our ways of living life’s fulfillment!

  63. annerbananer1 permalink
    16/08/2018 11:05 am

    I hate the idea of “acting your age.” Everyone should do whatever they want to for as long as they can . . . no need to sit back and wait for death!

  64. annerbananer1 permalink
    16/08/2018 11:25 am

    I love that the UN has a special day to celebrate youths. The theme this year is awesome . . . it’s great that our society is starting to realize how important it is to give kids safe environments to grow and express their feelings in.

  65. Melissa Major 💕 (@_moonlightmel_) permalink
    16/08/2018 11:57 am

    Totally agree with the fountain of youth being in the mind! Love these posts

  66. Chai permalink
    16/08/2018 2:10 pm

    I really love this. Indeed, Youth is a state of mind, and i will keep this forever.

  67. theworldthroughascholz permalink
    16/08/2018 4:57 pm

    I really love this one –
    “Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.” Samuel Ullman

    As someone that just turned 30 years old I think about this a lot.

  68. Sigrid Says Blog permalink
    16/08/2018 6:24 pm

    You know, I have never really thought about the fountain of youth. I know that eventually, we will all grow old and die. All we have to do is to it graciously and not be miserable in our old age. We can do more.

  69. Aditi permalink
    16/08/2018 6:36 pm

    Belated happy birthday! I totally believe that youth is a state of mind. Reflecting on our deeds of youth is a great way to revisit it.

  70. Dia Darling permalink
    16/08/2018 8:44 pm

    Youth is a state of mind. Sometimes I fully embrace it and other times I feel like it escapes me. I have to remember to allow myself to feel it.

  71. Dana Brillante-Peller permalink
    16/08/2018 9:44 pm

    I wasn’t aware of Youth Day, but I’ve always believe that the fountain of youth can be found within. There’s nothing more beautiful than feeling younger by preserving your body.

  72. Serena Hale permalink
    16/08/2018 8:54 pm

    Sophia Loren looks like has said it the best. I do agree that it is your talents and the sharing and giving it to others.

  73. Saurav Purkayastha permalink
    16/08/2018 10:51 pm

    Very thoughtful post indeed, we should always nurture our creativity and talent. I also loved the idea of remembering the things we did on our past birthdays, which I think will create a positive influence on everybody.

  74. kumamonjeng permalink
    17/08/2018 12:44 am

    The school in Singapore also celebrate Youth day and it is a public holiday in school!

  75. Clarice permalink
    17/08/2018 12:46 am

    Happy Productive Week to you! It is my personal belief that we should all learn how to use our talents to serve others. This is the ultimate way to find true happiness.

  76. Mahima permalink
    17/08/2018 1:59 am

    It’s true that we all chase our youth. But age is just a number. How old you are depends on how old you feel. To me youth is just synonymous with energy and stamina

  77. Nidhi Fouzdar permalink
    17/08/2018 3:22 am

    I do feel the same. It all comes within our self age has nothing to do with that. Inspiring quote

  78. Simple Indian Mom permalink
    17/08/2018 4:01 am

    Such an inspiring quote. Man is creator of its own happiness and problems. Age is just a number, old man can also feel youthful with his thoughts

  79. aisasami permalink
    17/08/2018 5:09 am

    Beautiful post. Even though I am getting older, I can celebrate youthfulness with my kids in the classroom.

  80. Becca Holloman permalink
    17/08/2018 5:09 am

    I absolutely agree that youth is a frame of mind. If you can stay in some mindfulness of what that feels like your life has so much more to it.

  81. Kansas Bonanno permalink
    17/08/2018 5:35 am

    I look at my kids as my fountain of youth, while they drive me crazy sometimes they are my world. Their little smiles and i loves you will keep my soul young forever.

  82. Emma Riley permalink
    17/08/2018 5:54 am

    For me my fountain of youth is my strong mindset and faith that everything will be okay, that the impossible things can possibly happens.

  83. Dalene Ekirapa permalink
    17/08/2018 6:15 am

    I love how you consider youth as a state of mind with the vigor of emotions and not as a season of all things rosy including cheeks and lips. Anyway, it’s so important to always look back at what we do each passing youthful day!

  84. Freethinking Guru permalink
    17/08/2018 9:03 am

    The quote by Samuel Ullman encapsulates what the fountain of youth is. A “vigor of emotions” is another way to describe passion. Nice post!

  85. Laura permalink
    17/08/2018 9:17 am

    So much motivation available. We all need a kick up the bum sometimes.. thanks

  86. janna permalink
    17/08/2018 10:00 am

    I agree that youth is a state of mind. For me it is remaining eternally curious about the world we live in!

  87. Marja permalink
    17/08/2018 10:11 am

    Yes, I agree with you, youth is a state of mind 😊

  88. Ranelle Emma permalink
    17/08/2018 10:28 am

    I had no idea that the UN had designated an international Youth day! Awesome!

  89. worldlytreat permalink
    17/08/2018 10:46 am

    This post is spot on! Age is definitely a date on the calendar whereas being youthful is a state of mind. We need to start developing a youthful attitude, start seeing our flaws or lack as an opportunity to learn new things.

  90. Alexis permalink
    17/08/2018 11:31 am

    Great tips for staying young, thank you for this inspiration.

  91. toastycritic permalink
    17/08/2018 12:13 pm

    You do need to find the thing in yourself which you love. By doing what you love you will find yourself feeling so much younger. Also I just did a lot of research on Pearl S. Buck. She was quite the amazing woman.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      17/08/2018 2:57 pm

      True. <3

  92. thebusyboymama permalink
    17/08/2018 3:14 pm

    That emily dickinson poem is beautiful. My favorite photo is the outline shadows of the two people in front of the fountain!

  93. mamadews permalink
    17/08/2018 6:47 pm

    I believe that youths flame can be eternal…it really is all in how you live. My grandmother just recently passed away, just 4 months shy of her 101st birthday…her physical age may have been what people saw, but I knew she was young at heart…and now, she always will be <3

  94. Jess permalink
    17/08/2018 11:29 pm

    It’s interesting to think about what “youth” really means. Sometimes I wonder what people (women) mean when they talk about “aging gracefully.” Sometimes it seems like they’re talking about looking young as long as possible. But really I think it means acceptance of who you are and where you’re at in your life.

  95. Melanie Poulos Walsh permalink
    18/08/2018 8:29 am

    This year has been a fountain of youth for me. Although I’m older, being able to control my schedule and do things like I adore makes me feel like a kid again.

  96. Nicole permalink
    18/08/2018 8:01 am

    Music is so powerful, I love that you have found your fountain of youth in it! I am also slightly jealous of all the live music you’ve been experiencing, which tells me I should probably buy some tickets to a show. It has been way too long, almost an entire year!

  97. Tizzy Says permalink
    18/08/2018 11:17 am

    Recently, I was asked if I could go back to my youth, what would I change about it. I had a rough childhood, but I would not change it because it has made me into the fierce warrior woman that I am today….but I do wish I could get back some of that youthful energy that I had. lol

  98. Sarah Bean permalink
    18/08/2018 11:22 am

    Great post, pictures, and I always love your quotes!!!

  99. Tayler permalink
    18/08/2018 12:51 pm

    I love those poems from Shakespeare and Emily Dickinson!

  100. EG III permalink
    18/08/2018 6:29 pm

    I totally agree that youth is more of a state of mind than a number. I constantly remind myself that even as I age, I’m only as old as I allow my mind to tell me I am.

  101. Ezekiel e. Photography permalink
    18/08/2018 6:11 pm

    I love the idea that youth is a state of mind. I completely agree with the idea that what we treasure in our heart we are. The same goes with how we feel about our health and wellbeing.

  102. Eileen Mendoza Loya permalink
    18/08/2018 9:59 pm

    I believe youth is not defined by age. It is how you live your life with vigor and enthusiasm to face everyday, to encounter your obstacles, and to have childlike faith.

  103. Cecilia Harvard permalink
    18/08/2018 11:05 pm

    So motivational! Thanks for sharing.

  104. Corina permalink
    19/08/2018 12:12 am

    This is what I’m always telling my mother when it come to age, I say to her “you’re the youngest person I know” 🙂

  105. Antique fables permalink
    19/08/2018 4:32 am

    Couldn’t agree more, youth is a state of mind and age is just a number. You just have to feel it

  106. Alicia permalink
    19/08/2018 9:45 am

    As I approached my 40th birthday staying young has been something I have struggled with. I will take your tips to heart.

  107. Mary Burris permalink
    19/08/2018 10:36 am

    Doing the things that one truly loves is a great way to maintain their youthfulness. While our bodies may not always be able to defy age, we can certainly feel young by continuing to do what we enjoy.

  108. Kesha permalink
    19/08/2018 6:02 pm

    I totally agree with this post. When you hate what you are doing, it sucks the life out of you. When you wake up every morning happy about what you, it’s rejuvenating. You can do it well into your old age because it’s part of who you are.

  109. Carol Cassara permalink
    19/08/2018 6:29 pm

    For me, it’s all in the mind. We can always be young and youthful if we decide to. It’s about doing things that make you feel young, not immature things, that’s completely different. But things that make you happy.

  110. lizastylishmamablog permalink
    19/08/2018 8:01 pm

    I love this. I turned 40 this year and I was dreading it … but it’s already turning out to be quite the opposite of what I expected. It’s without a doubt just a number and the best is just beginning! 🙂

  111. emptynestbigworld permalink
    19/08/2018 8:01 pm

    I agree with this! We are as young as we feel. You have to keep moving. I really like the idea of motivation Monday!

  112. blogthirtyminusone permalink
    19/08/2018 8:17 pm

    I have always heard that being happy keeps one young. Doing what one loves is absolutely a way to keep young! 🙂

    Nailil

  113. eliza permalink
    19/08/2018 10:58 pm

    As always, your posts move me in a lot of ways. I couldn’t agree more about sources of one’s youth. When you’re happy on what you, you’re loving your task then creativity comes – enjoyment and success are flowing too.

  114. farya khan permalink
    20/08/2018 1:24 am

    Your post are a quite a feast for one who enjoys poetry, so nice loved it

  115. cleverlychanging permalink
    20/08/2018 6:39 am

    I love this quote that you shared. It’s perfect to reflect on it throughout the day. “Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.” Samuel Ullman Powerful words indeed.

  116. Sharon Chen (@StSmartKitchen) permalink
    20/08/2018 6:42 am

    I didn’t know that August is when the youth is being celebrated. Great to know.

  117. Lyosha Varezhkina permalink
    20/08/2018 8:55 am

    Being and staying young is a state of mind. For me it means being open to all things new, curiosity

  118. Jackie permalink
    20/08/2018 8:24 am

    What a wonderful insight that the fountain of youth lies within discovering your passion and joyfully practicing it. This is so empowering! Thank you for starting my week off by inspiring me to have the right attitude. I know it will make all the difference.

  119. Coleccion De Fotografia permalink
    20/08/2018 8:34 am

    Is Youth a State of Mind?

    I think so too! I am not young anymore but I feel that I still have my youth in me. I still can jam well with the young ones and bond with them. I still love doing extreme activities and exploring places. I think the only difference now is that I can put things into perspective and I know how to set my priorities. Thanks as always for the great post.

  120. Maggie permalink
    20/08/2018 1:17 pm

    I love the Shakespeare Sonnet that you used. It is so fitting for your blog as well. Thank you so much for sharing!

  121. BasicallyTesha permalink
    20/08/2018 3:19 pm

    My parents always tell me to keep yourself going. If don’t wanna be old …don’t act old. This was a fabulous motivation .

  122. Corina permalink
    20/08/2018 2:39 pm

    Age is just a number, it has nothing to do with your youth. Youth is how you feel yourself.

    xo Corina

  123. melissa major permalink
    20/08/2018 2:44 pm

    These posts are brilliant, Youth is something you learn as you get older too. I used to worry about getting older but it doesnt matter matter now as youthfulness is a state of mind.

  124. Blair Villanueva permalink
    20/08/2018 8:32 pm

    When you found something that would make you happy, it gives you motivation to dream and be active, thus making you younger. And of course, SMILE!

  125. Geraline Batarra permalink
    20/08/2018 11:31 pm

    Many said that a fountain of your youth doesn’t base with your age but it is base in your thinking and ability to do the things that makes you really happy.

  126. Rosey permalink
    21/08/2018 2:53 am

    Same scenarios for me, loved the music scene but stayed home when the kiddos came. I didn’t mind, but now that they’re older, I’ve found myself going to concerts more too. 🙂

  127. Traveler Nick permalink
    21/08/2018 3:30 am

    I just refuse to grow up. Youth is wasted on grown ups

  128. Nidhi Fouzdar permalink
    21/08/2018 4:22 am

    Age is just number, everything depends on us. Self recognition is more important

  129. Dreammerin (@Dreammerin) permalink
    21/08/2018 7:14 am

    Loving that you do, finding a passion, discover a new talent, curiosity, travels, all these factors are brightening our present and future. I don’t believe in a thing called ” you are old”… the same situation can be with children: “You are old, because you are 9 and I am almost 7 years old”. It depends from point of view and from culture, mentality, society.

  130. Kim Lee (@KimsCravings) permalink
    21/08/2018 8:28 am

    To be young forever… oh what a life that would be! However, there are always negatives to things we think would be perfect.

  131. Kylie permalink
    21/08/2018 8:03 pm

    Firstly, wishing you an incredible Happy Birthday filled with joy!

    I agree, I think youth is only how we feel. I remember going to a dance party and seeing a man around the age of 65 dancing and having an incredible time! It was fantastic to share the experience with him! Frankly, I’d rather be the odd one out and enjoying myself then “acting my age” and being miserable!

  132. Kristina permalink
    22/08/2018 2:05 am

    Such a nice post, it makes you think about life. I love the poems too!

    K x

  133. fashionandstylepolice permalink
    22/08/2018 7:29 am

    I find joy in the work I do. It makes me feel alive and fulfilled. Plus it pays my bills. Always good to find that passion.

  134. mamadews permalink
    22/08/2018 9:24 am

    I love the quote from Sophia Loren! It reminds me of my grandmother <3

  135. annerbananer1 permalink
    22/08/2018 1:10 pm

    Age is really just a number! It’s important to help youth find their passions but also to consider pursuing your own no matter how old you are.

  136. Mary permalink
    22/08/2018 7:56 pm

    Youth is definitely a state of mind – the older I get the more I realize this

  137. MELANIE EDJOURIAN permalink
    23/08/2018 3:04 pm

    My husband hates celebrating his birthday. He doesn’t like the thought of getting older. Wish there was a really fountain of youth!!!

  138. Christina Pilat permalink
    24/08/2018 1:35 pm

    So many inspirational I insightful messages here. I think I my still learning what makes me happy long term. But I hope that whatever it is keeps me young.

  139. 27/08/2018 9:02 am

    I love these motivational monday posts, always sets me up for the week ahead and gives me a chance to reflect on topics i wouldnt have thought off

  140. Joanna permalink
    29/08/2018 4:02 am

    When I used to be a child I used to look at grown ups and think that they are different. But as I grew up I have noticed that on the inside, you always remain the same, it’s just your body that changes. We are all young on the inside and in our hearts!

  141. Sadhna Shanker permalink
    30/08/2018 3:39 am

    I did not know so much about International youth day. thanks !

  142. Srijanya permalink
    30/08/2018 9:40 am

    Such a motivational writing it is. I’m quite loving how you expressed yourself

  143. Christopher James Mitchell permalink
    31/08/2018 1:10 pm

    I love the reflection on this one, thanks so much for your honesty and sharing, it’s really inspiring!

  144. Sydney | A World in Reach permalink
    06/09/2018 8:49 am

    I love how you say that youth is a state of mind! Those are great words to live by. Thanks for sharing!

  145. 12/09/2018 5:40 pm

    At 60, I would sure love to find a fountain of youth! But I can relate to what music can do for your soul. Actually, 15 years ago, I traveled with my new partner (now hubby) to attend an outdoor concert for the band named Phish. It was a 3-day weekend event and it was quite the experience, camping, listening to nearly non-stop music … like Woodstock, but on a smaller scale, way up in Limestone, Maine.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      23/10/2018 2:15 am

      My kids love Phish so you are totally cool. 🙂 Music keeps me going…

  146. Neda permalink
    02/10/2018 5:09 am

    It’s always important to look within yourself. Thank you for your post!

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