Oct 17, 2018

Aging Gracefully

Are we aging gracefully or are we spending time trying to hold on to our youth and missing out on the most remarkable time in our life.

I find one of the key to growing old gracefully is accepting the natural aging process and embracing all of you and doing what makes you happy.

The second key is taking care of our mind, body and spirit by eating healthy as often as possible, getting some exercise, proper rest, keeping up with your regular doctor visits and reading more to keep our minds challenged. For most of us a few minor changes can make a difference in our overall health.

Feeling old is a state of mind. I know that as time goes by I am getting older but there is nothing I can do about it. However, I do have the power to embrace this natural process by changing my mindset about aging.  Aging is a time to celebrate our experiences,  the good, bad and the knowledge we have accumulated in our lifetime.

In this age of digital media that we are living in it's so easy to get caught up in the social media  definition of beauty standard and body images. Everywhere you go we are flooded with digital media ads and influencer contents embracing the younger generation, It's natural for us to worry about our appearance/looks and how we fit into this new culture.

One of the privileges that come with being a grown up is making decisions on your own terms. I look at aging as a positive process, I choose to be happy and embrace the entire journey. I make choices to improve the things that I don't like and learn to love the things that I can't change.

As I write this post I am 53 years old soon to be 54 this month. I love midlife and am happy and grateful I survived to make it this far after battling breast cancer when I was not quite 40.

I am not one of those people who believe in hiding my age. When I look in the mirror I see the subtle changes. My skin is showing fines lines here and there, the gray hair population has definitely increased dramatically, I have gained a few extra pounds in the weirdest places and my energy level is up and down but it's all part of the process and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

I don't have the desire to be 20, 30 or 40 something. Embracing and accepting the inevitable aging process doesn't mean that life is over and you give up.  It just means that you have stopped trying to hang on to the youth that you once had and you are ready to move into the next magnificent chapter of your life.

What I love about being in my 50s 
  • I have 50+ years of life experience
  • I am grown-up and support my self
  • I make my own decisions and live life on my terms
  • I define my own style and don't have to keep up with the latest trends or fashion
  • I choose to live a peaceful life and eliminate all negativeness from my inner circle without feeling guilty
  • I can be bold and daring without worrying about fitting in or other people opinions
  • I have an opinion and can speak my mind when the mood strikes me or when necessary
  • I have had my share of being in the valleys and on top of the mountain experiences and I have learned to be content in every and all situation because my God has it all under control

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