Aging Gracefully In Today’s World
I wish the time hadn’t gone so fast, though. And sometimes I wish I’d enjoyed it more on the way, and worried about it less.”
― Neil Gaiman
The question was asked, can we be taught how to grow old gracefully? and I believe that we can. I did not see my parents obsess over getting older, I saw them grow old gracefully. I never once heard any of my parents talk negatively about getting older and that is the same attitude I have towards getting older. It is not as if we have a choice, whether we accept it or not, we are all getting there. It therefore makes perfect sense to just get over it and enjoy the ride!
“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.”
― George Bernard Shaw
If there is one thing that we cannot escape is getting older. If you start throwing a tantrum from age 30 then how will you manage when you get to 50 and beyond. Believe me it is not that serious, and our attitude will determine how we deal with aging. Stop thinking so much about it; or better still stop thinking so negatively about it!
“It`s not how old you are, it`s how you are old.”
― Jules Renard
Here is the thing, since we are all going to get older how about we just take the best care of ourselves. Laugh more, move more, love more, pay attention to what you eat and as I said before, just enjoy the ride. I am not going to obsess about getting older and I urge you to do the same.
“Just because you’re grown up and then some doesn’t mean settling into the doldrums of predictability. Surprise people. Surprise yourself. (281)”
― Victoria Moran
I am not going to pretend as if I am not growing older; instead I am going to stare it straight in the eyes and dare it to run me over. Oh yeah, you can decide to be over the hill or on top of the hill. It is totally up to you. Do not allow those around you to dictate to you where this is concerned. Instead of worrying about it, take the necessary precautions to take the best care of yourself.
I do not align myself with negative Nancies so I stay away from friends who want to have a woe is me, I am getting old party. Instead I hang with friends who know that attitude is everything; and that the world does not dictate how we embrace getting older. So for this year my bucket list includes learning how to pole dance and belly dance. YES that is what I said, I dance to my own tune whether the world thinks its okay or not (no pun intended). Be bold, be fearless, and remember what the alternative is.
“When someone says they feel old, I always want to ask them why they feel old. Time passes for everyone. No one is exempt.”
― Donna Lynn Hope