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Barrita: Secret of eternal youth

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

MANY people are obsessed with being forever young. One of them was Juan Ponce de Leon who, legend has it, launched a search for the fabled “Fountain of Youth.”

His search must have ended in vain because he later died in Cuba of wounds sustained in a skirmish with Florida natives who fiercely resisted his incursion.

The secret of eternal youth remains as elusive now as in Juan Ponce de Leon’s time.

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But this secret is being slowly revealed. And it turned out it is as simple as not taking a bath too often.

Flamboyant fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, 76, said her secret of eternal youth is taking a bath only once a week.

Imagine how longer you’d remain young if you take a bath only once a month or only once a year and how much you could save on your water bill?

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Other people have shared their secrets of staying young.

One said you should keep a healthy lifestyle, shunning alcohol and tobacco products, eating a balanced diet and, lastly, not telling your correct age.

But the reality is we can only be young once. Of course, one can be immature forever.

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Alphaville’s signature song, “Forever Young,” tells of the yearning to be, what else, forever young.

“Forever young, I want to be forever young.” But it also talks on a choice of dying young or living forever. “Let us die young or let us live forever.”

But as an octogenarian priest told a lawyer, “I really wanted to die young. But I think it’s too late now.”

Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on October 04, 2017.

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