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16 And Scared!

I know being sixteen isn't really something to be scared of. But the reason I'm stressing is because my dad is 51 and my mom is going to be 40 in March, again doesn't seem like much. But I'm just scared because it feels like my life has gone by so fast and soon my mom and dad will be dead, along with my grandma (Who is only 70), plus everyone else I love. Maybe it seems silly, but my life seems to be passing by me in decades, and it terrifies me.

toohonestforowngood toohonestforowngood 18-21, F 5 Responses Dec 28, 2009

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Don't let your fear rob you of the things you get to do now. Sure...your parents will die. My kids (10, 12 , 13 and 17) know I will die - someday and are not afraid of that. Instead, I try to impress upon them the courage to make their own decisions and to value the family they have to fall back on if they make mistakes (not just me, but their mother, aunts, uncles and each other)....Don't let your fears handicap you - go forth and experience -

I think the same way, and I'm 10 years older than you (at the time of writing). I'm going to lob a bit of optimism in your direction.<br />
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People have always been searching for a way to control the aging process. I always took comfort in the idea, as a kid, that we might some day find a way, and that will save me. If not, at least we might be able to regrow organs, or create new bodies for us to transfer into, or something. However, modern science seems to have a bit of an edge on this. I was ebullient when I heard that Harvard reversed the aging process in mice. Regardless, there are a lot of factors in the study I can get into that state that this arguably worked under certain conditions, but the fact remains that it happened. Recent research also shows why we age, and many companies are working to find telomere inhibitors to control the ways cells age. (Tip: Googling "telomere" might make you feel better.) I am confident that we can find a fix for this in the near future, but these research scientists don't get government funding. Their research isn't published too widely.<br />
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One thing I do to take comfort in aging is try to push for a cure to aging. What I'm doing is trying to spread the word about what the scientists do, help wherever I can, donate my time and services to these research institutions, and hopefully this will be something that's available for us before it's too late. I think that if everyone does just a little bit to help and show their support, we will have an answer to the aging problem in no time.<br />
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There are some people who say that they're comfortable with aging and death, and say that it's natural. I admire their contentment, but I don't follow it. Shoes aren't natural and we use them. Neither are medicines, or cures to diseases, and prosthetics, but life is better because we have them. I think those who are comfortable say they are because they've accepted it as an 'inevitability'. But it's not inevitable as long as we push this science. :) Hey, I'm a man of science, and I have faith that we can take care of this problem, especially since it plagues everyone. We can all relate to it personally.<br />
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There's so much that I love about life, and I want to experience it for as long as I can, in a body that's young, with the people I love.<br />
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I hope my words have brought some comfort. You are not alone. :)

If i think back now, i loved being a teenager, even though i didnt know it then. Please enjoy what you have. And stop worrying. You will have plenty of time to worry later on. Please enjoy being young, and fresh and energetic. One day you will look back and realize that you spent too much time on nonsense... Your parents are still so young as well. Enjoy the time you have with them.

We all walk around the planet as though we don't know that we are going to die. In a way, you are in touch with a reality that we deny much of the time. Use that knowledge to live fully, valuing all that you have in your life.

You've lived through one decade. So your last sentence makes absolutely no sense. Age is inevitable, it cannot be slowed down or stopped. So why worry about it? Everyone dies eventually, and people seem to move on. You're no different than anyone else.