“Human bodies aren’t built for extreme ageing; our capacity is set at about 90 years. But what does ageing really mean, and how does it counteract the body’s efforts to stay alive?” So reads the description for Monica Menesini’s Ted Education piece on the natural essence of ageing bodies – the antitheses to quarter-life crisis.
Young people today are hell-bent on counting down their years. Could we blame it on the profound and fleeting nature of time or the hopeless romanticism of pop music? Maybe neither, maybe it’s just pure survival instinct that was filtered through the young person lexicon and emerged as ‘ quarter-life crisis ‘.
This video is more a scientific insight into why we age but serves as a whole argument against this existential nonsense/crisis that young people fabricate. Watch the video and try to understand that ageing is totally a part of nature.
This is what we learned:
- Age for some means ‘growing up’ (young people call this ‘adulting‘), for others it means ‘growing old’. Reminding yourself of perspectives makes the QLC seem infinitesimal.
- Ageing is driven by time as much as it is the atmosphere, hydration, our diets and even smaller things like exposure to sunlight. This is why the Queen is going to live forever.
- There are nine physiological traits that scientists attribute to ageing.
- The simple answer is that cell regeneration deteriorates the most exposed we become to the little thing we call life. Now that’s a crisis.