Imagine If You Can Remain Youthful Until Your Death
My hand trembled as I held the pill. All of my friends have done it. But something feels strange about this… Do I really want to continue, I thought while looking at the black dots which appear magically on my face.
I stopped celebrating my birthday the moment I stepped out of the university. Life goes by incredibly quick. My body grew old a bit faster than I came prepared.
10 years ago, the scientists of Metropolitan discovered a technology that sparked a great dispute among men. The left-wing call it the universe’s mistake: the Anti-Aging pill.
The discovery of the AA pill was by accident. Scientists produced a serum that results from the combination of genes between the naked mole-rat and the foxtail bristlecone pine. The serum reduces human’s metabolism, and so prevent aging-induced damage from oxidative stress. In other words, from aging.
The government decided to commercialise the pill quite recently. The pill will not stop your death, but only your aging. There is a catch to swallowing the pill — there is no turning back.
What happens if we can stop aging?
Time slows down.
Back in high school, time used to fly so slow. I told myself, I can’t wait to finish school. I’ll be able to drive a car, make my own money and get my ass off this place.
But upon getting out of high school, time seems to travel faster than I expected. One week felt like a day. The university days went faster than school. The working days went faster than university.
Is it increased stress that makes time fast? Or is it the increment of distractions?
Physicists show us that time is indeed relative. That is depending on where you are in the universe and how fast you are moving, time might be different for you and me.
But putting this knowledge in practical terms, Einstein said, “Time is relative. Its only worth depends upon what we do as it is passing.”
The body heals itself faster.
As we age, our cell’s ability to regenerate slowly starts to decline. We are more prone to diseases and we take a longer time to recover. Why am I so tired even after a good night sleep, the question I asked myself too much now.
With ageing, we take fewer risks. Is it because we are being careful? Or is it because we are afraid of judgement — people might find out that we are much less extraordinary than the persona we portray unto them?
Biologists indeed tell us that if we’re not careful, we might not make it to 40. But what benefit does a long life serve if we can’t tell inspiring stories to our grandchildren?
An un-aged man will have no fear to pursue his dream. As Edgar Allan Poe put it, “It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream.”
The brain learns everything faster.
Give a five-years-old gadget and he’ll figure it out in a few hours. Give a seventy-years-old the same gadget and he’ll figure it out after you show him.
We used to learn any skills faster when we’re young. It’s well known that the best time to teach any language is when one is still a child. Lessons acquired from childhood has a profound impact on the way we live.
The objective of any sorts of learning is to get into the state of flow. While learning anything to the point of flow is attainable when we’re adults, it’s inevitably time-consuming.
It seems like there an invisible boundary that prevents us from surpassing a pianist who plays since she’s three. It’s as though the universe is telling us, “That’s not the path you’re ought to follow.”
As we grow up, it becomes less natural to continually want to learn from our surroundings. I’ve already established my career, why should I bother learning the things I have no interests about, my mind speaks as my body weakens.
But what else happens when we stop ageing?
We lose the joy of the present.
Youth feels like an immortal. We are physically strong, mentally motivated and spiritually enlightened.
But with youth comes the desire to seize the future. “All his life has he looked away…to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was.” Master Yoda said to the young Skywalker.
A youth’s dream is like a mirage. He cannot fathom the reality that in the pursuit of greatness lies true joy. His mind worries about the future, while his body forgets that there is no guarantee of life tomorrow.
When we age, our body reminds us. Our five senses decline, motivation diminish. An eternally-youthful man losses the joy of the present. Every day is a neverending cycle of striving to be better for tomorrow.
We become more individualistic.
We all started off selfish. Greed seems to be part of our natural instinct. It would be profound if a baby decides to share his toys.
But as we grow older we learn to become more selfless. Life humbles us at various points. A well-aged man understands the dependency he had on other people, often before, veiled by youth.
I imagine an eternal youth to be someone individualistic. Someone extremely independent. People often become individualistic because of greed. Why do I bother sharing something when I can have it all, my young self speaks as I write.
Aging is nothing more than a reminder of our mortality. Death is a realisation that the world is not meant only for us. We are meant to pass it to the generation after us.
Mortality is a gift, and so is aging.
Inside the box of the AA pill, there is a booklet of an infographic. One section tells the brief tale of Peterpan. “All children, except one, grow up”, it reads at the end of the story.
You know what, screw this. I’m not that dumb, my heart speaks as I throw the pill straight through the window.
I think Peterpan is a tragic story. Of the boy who never ages. Aging and dying is the very reason life is worth living, my uncle’s death reminds me.
“At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don’t care what they think of us. At age 60, we discover they haven’t been thinking of us at all.”
— Ann Landers
To fellow readers/writers, this is the first time I’m using this style of writing. I hope you can provide any kinds of feedback to make this piece more impactful.
Peace and blessings,