Age is really mind over matter

It is very inspiring to read about 100-year-old Indian runner Mann Kaur picking up a gold medal in the 100m race at the Americas Masters Games in Vancouver, Canada, in August.

She has proven correct Mark Twain's adage that "Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter".

In recent years, we have read about centenarians pursing their hobbies. These include British Sikh marathon runner Fauja Singh, who is a world-record holder in his age bracket, and Indian freedom fighter Bholaram Das, who marked his 100th birthday in 2010 by enrolling in a PhD programme.

These spirited people have proven that it is never too late to do anything; as long as you keep learning and following your passion, you stay young physically and mentally.

T.S. Karthik