Cheesehead Vim and Vigor

by Cynthia Germain

It has been fun to watch the Green Bay Packers this season, mostly because there weren’t big expectations for the team. That undemanding attitude is based primarily on their being the youngest team in the NFL this year. But beyond the statistics and scores, what makes this more attractive is youth itself. And it’s not just the number of years, but the energy and enthusiasm that goes along with it. It’s the “vim and vigor” of youth that seems so great. it. So how do we capture this feeling as we get older?

There’s no doubt that youthfulness is not only a physical state but a state of mind. The most significant way we can impact how we experience life is to cultivate a positive mindset. This involves adopting a mindset of optimism, resilience, and curiosity.

It goes without saying that the most important aspect of being positive of believing that good things will happen. Growing an optimistic mindset means reframing negative thoughts by questioning them and considering alternative views. Instead of dwelling on limitations or past failures, concentrate on possibilities that lie ahead in a balanced, realistic way.

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from challenges, setbacks, and adversity. It’s a key component of a youthful mindset, as young people often face new experiences and navigate uncharted waters. Rather than viewing obstacles as overwhelming roadblocks, approach them as opportunities for growth. Learn from your setbacks, adapt to change, and use challenges as stepping stones toward personal development.

Beyond the important cognitive approach to life, physical activity is a cornerstone of youthfulness. Regular exercise not only keeps the body fit but also releases endorphins, the feel-good hormones that contribute to a positive mood. Take time to explore activities that you enjoy, whether it’s brisk walking, dancing, yoga, or even trying something new.

And then there’s the camaraderie that is prevalent in youth that gives a sense of belonging and fulfillment. So it’s important to stay connected with friends, family, and your community. Engage in social activities, join clubs, or participate in group events. As you grow older, be sure to build and maintain strong social connections can bring a sense of joy and vibrancy.

We also recognize that what the Green Bay Packer players do constantly throughout the season…they learn. Incorporating an approach of lifelong learning stimulates curiosity, builds confidence, and keeps you connected. Learning can create a sense of wonder, excitement, and an eagerness to discover more.

Finally, youthful energy often comes from finding joy in simple, everyday experiences. Take time to appreciate the beauty around you, savor your favorite foods, and indulge in activities that bring you happiness. Developing a sense of gratitude for life’s small pleasures can definitely improve your feeling of well-being.

While the Green Bay Packers may be the youngest team in the NFL, the spirit of youth is not confined to age but a way of approaching life. By adopting positivity, staying active, nurturing social connections, pursuing lifelong learning, embracing change, and finding joy in simple pleasures, older adults can capture that “vim and vigor” at any age.