Youth is not a period of life, it is a state of mind, an effect of the will, a quality of the imagination, an emotional intensity, a victory of courage over shyness, of the taste for adventure on the love of comfort. You don’t get old for living a certain number of years; we get old because we have deserted our ideal. The years wrinkle the skin, renouncing its ideal wrinkles the soul. Concerns, doubts, fears and despair are the enemies which slowly make us lean towards the earth and become dust before death. Young is the one who is amazed and amazed. He asks like the insatiable child. And after ? He defies events and finds joy in the game of life. You are as young as your faith. As old as your doubt. As young as your self-confidence. As young as your hopes. As old as your despair. You will stay young as long as you remain receptive to what is beautiful, good and great, to the messages of nature, man and the infinite. If one day your heart was to be bitten by pessimism and gnawed at by pessimism. cynicism, may God have mercy on your old man’s soul.
Jeannette Bourassa 2020
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