As DR PUSHPA CHATURVEDI turns 80 today, she shares her secret of staying forever young and joyful

It is said that you’re only as old as you feel. Well, I am only eighty, feeling very pretty, and I am in love with the ‘feeling good me‘!

A Prayer of Thanks

Every morning I say a prayer of thanks for getting to a new day. Today as I celebrate with my family, 80 years of a  simple satisfied life of so many experiences, so many memories, I humbly go down on my knees, bow my head and thank God for all that he has blessed me with.

Dr Pushpa Chaturvedi at her home in Sevagram, Wardha in Maharashtra

I feel I am one of the most fortunate and blessed individuals,who is healthy, enjoys long walks and solitude, gets inspired by nature and finds peace in its beauty and serenity.

Happiness In Little Things

I find happiness in little things, and feel love filling my whole being. Kindness and compassion have become a part of life. I feel content within and sleep well; all thanks to Gods grace and benevolence.

Live With a Positive Attitude

Some age-related health problems will always be there due to so many years of wear and tear. It’s a question of learning to take them normally in one’s stride, accepting the limitations and trying to deal with them without complaining. Around 80 per cent of health issues as we age are related to our mental attitude. Hence, living with a positive attitude and accepting life as it unfolds is a must to stay healthy.

As we become  more  aware of our limitations and realise nothing is permanent in lifewe tend to become more humble, develop more patience, accept people  and life more easily, without any feeling of superiority or inferiority, leaving status and salary far behind us, which seems to have by now totally lost its meaning.

Live In the Here and Now

Dr Pushpa Chaturvedi (centre) dancing at a family wedding on November 20, 2022

Living in the here and now reflects on the cheerfulness of life. As we go on adding years, we need to play a dynamic role in looking after our own holistic health and development. Steer the rudder of your own life and take advantage of your unique potentials and personality bestowed upon you, to stay busy and create your own happiness and peace.

Become Your Own Best Friend

Become your own best friend. No one else is responsible for how you  think and carry yourself in this ocean of life, it’s only you who is responsible for yourself, to be able to live a longer fruitful life and still stay younger in thoughts and actions.

Sharing below my poetic thoughts on my 80th Birthday

In Love With Life At Eighty

Today as I embrace eighty,

I am in love with the ‘feeling good’ me!

Stepping steadily into eighty one,

Another wonderful vintage year has begun! 

Dr Pushpa Chaturvedi (third from right) on November 9, 2022, with her 1972 batch students at their 50 years’ reunion

Memories are full of love and laughter

comforting silences and silent stirs

dreamy nights, silly fights, awesome delights 

magical twilights and some sombre nights! 

A few things we all must remember 

Age is an attitude, and not a number 

Live life king size till you breathe,

Don’t ever stifle or choke underneath.

Age is all about the quality of your mind

Never leave hopes and dreams behind 

Keep on soundly planning ahead 

Let not your youthful passion feel dead.

When life is cold and you stop being bold 

Ever willing to scale new heights (Painting by Dr Pushpa Chaturvedi)

Then you are really getting terribly old 

Keep your ambition fires burning bright 

Age is never a bar to do new things in life 

Listen to your simple childlike heart 

Never let the inner child in you part.

Let people say whatever they think 

It’s your life, so wink and stay pretty pink.

Pray, play, laugh, prance, dance your best,

Don’t lose your smile, just keep your jest 

When love is all that fills your whole being 

Then adding years to life feels redeeming.

Learn to say “I’m fine” with a pleasant grin,
No point in complaining about the shape you are in.

For when end of time will knock at the door

Neither you nor me will ever come to know.

Painting of the author of her standing by the wavy sea

Keep singing gratitude as life flows on 

Joy and sorrow are like moving pawns 

Accept what you can’t change in life 

Peace and happiness will then survive 

No matter how many years pass by 

No matter how many birthdays fly 

Live life with a positive zealous mind 

Age and its numbers will be left far behind.

Dr Pushpa Chaturvedi, a paediatrician with over 50 years’ experience, is an educationist and researcher, with over 100 research publications, mainly on social paediatrics in renowned medical journals. Ex-Professor and Head of Department of Paediatrics, MGIMS Sevagram, Wardha, she is a thinker, writer, poet, artist and a spiritual blogger with over 500 blogs to her credit. Dr Chaturvedi is also a keen traveller, music and nature lover.

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