|"One of us won't look wrecked in 20 years, I'm just saying."|
By studying identical twins, research has shown that the twin who behaves well,
leads a calm, stress-free life, abstains from vices such as alcohol, tobacco, caffeine
and other drugs will, in later life, appear to be years younger
than the twin who has spent his/her life recklessly indulging.
That said, I've always wished there was a "good twin" me. That would be the me who never drank to excess, who never yo-yo dieted, never smoked an entire pack of cigarettes while slamming Red Bulls and driving a rental car from 415 to 310. The twin would never stay out late, would never work stressful, insane jobs, wouldn't have had hair-pulling, dramatic friendships, and certainly wouldn't have chosen a whole plate of cheese fries accompanied by beer to the sensibility of lean protein and green vegetables.
I try to be good, I really do. I work out five (5) days per week. Most weeks. A bad week only has three (3) workouts. That said, what I find both in myself and within other recent studies that I've read on the topic is that those who overdo things seem to overdo it all. In other words, those who slam down the most free Jello shooters and close down the bar, are those who are gonna be working the hardest at the gym at 6 a.m.
Knowing this, I think I'd like to do my part to society by volunteering to talk to young girls, notifying them that having a big personality is conducive to aging.
Then again, if you stay immature forever, it's as if you haven't aged a bit.