“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” ~Betty Freidan
Today I am feeling my age. It doesn’t happen often. I usually feel younger than my chronological age. But today my legs are uncooperative and every part of my body aches.
Today I feel 53. The past few days have been rainy ones, and I am sure my body is aware of it. Downing Advil and Tylenol aren’t alleviating my symptoms.
“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” ~George Burns
After reading Jon Kabat-Zinn’s book, Mindfulness for Beginners, I began to inwardly recite his mantra,” Until you stop breathing, there’s more right with you than wrong with you.” More right with you than wrong with you. I like that – simple and true.
“Do not regret growing old. It is a privilege denied to many.” ~Anonymous
When we begin to dwell on our ailments – the ones we inevitably feel as we pass the half-century mark – we wonder if this ache or that twitch is the one that will begin our downward spiral. One reader on About.com/Senior Living had this to say about aging: “I wonder what we would “feel” like if we didn’t know how old we actually are. I think we are heavily influenced by societal norms and expectations regarding age. So I try not to think about the actual number of my age.”
Now that I’m past 50, I’ve finally realized I am in charge of my own destiny. I now embrace my age by loving what I do and who I am. Life after child rearing, menopause and (almost) college tuition can be an exciting and rewarding time.
Life after 50 comes down to this: either we dwell on what is wrong or treasure what is right. I can’t walk long distances, so I bike instead. I can’t do aerobics, so I take gentle yoga classes. It’s all about embracing who you are, using your many abilities and maintaining a positive attitude about life.
“When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.” ~Victor Hugo
I’ve always been a glass half full kind of girl. That philosophy has served me well. It can do the same for you.
I recently read an article by Barbara Hannah Grufferman, author and columnist for AARP entitled, “5 Infuriating Fibs About Women Over 50.” (Do yourself a favor and read it!) As I read the article, I found myself nodding in agreement. The line that truly gave me an “Aha!” moment was, “Don’t fight your age. Embrace it. Whatever it is.” Sage advice.
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