I'm in a 52 question count-down. Or count up, the NY times posted an Article saying that you are only 36 questions away from 'love'.
I figure it'll take me 52… and even then, I lack faith.
Question number 6: (or 47 if you're counting down with me.)
"If you were able to live ot the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30 year old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?"
This … is a very hard question for me. I'm very vain, I'd absolutely like to never lose my body to the ravaging effects of time. But, I also like my mind and can't imagine what it'd be like to lose that either. If you keep your mind you get to listen to people say "oh, look at that sweet old man trying to walk across the street." if you keep your body, you get to hear people say "He's weird… and kind of dottering, but pretty."
I think people would be more forgiving of an old body and brilliant mind than they would be of a great body but not being all there upstairs.
But what other people think isn't really a condition that weighs on my answer to the question.
If I had a choice, either I could keep my body or keep my brain, I'd choose to keep my brain, I recognize that my body will eventually grow older. I can fight it as much as possible by eating healthy, exercising, and avoiding things that are terrible for me. But with a keen mind I can also appreciate the changes that come to a person as they age. Imagine watching the flowers bloom and not appreciating the colors, or the leaves fall and overlooking it because you feel too well to pause for that extra breath. It's harder to stop and smell the flowers when you lose your mind (though maybe that's ALL you would do) but as your body slows down, perhaps there are vital lessons to be learned from that, and I would rather not miss those.
Plus, with a keen mind I could invest wisely and make good decisions that'll benefit myself (so I don't have to work into my retirement) and so that perhaps when I go I can leave something behind. (Like a pyramid!)
What would you rather have, your mind or a perfect body?