Today I have pulled together the “best of” aging. Yes, there are some positive aspects of the process. Obviously not all of it is great but that is true of youth too.
Many people may wish they looked like they are twenty but few really want to go back to those days. It’s the maturity we value and that comes with aging. There are no shortcuts.
Here are my thoughts.
First and foremost it beats the alternative. Then again, does it? My mother had one of those “near-death” experiences about a year before she died. It was complete with the bright light at the end of the tunnel and a sense of happiness and peace. From that moment on she did not fear death. During her last months when she was very ill, she would often pray for that Angel of Death to come visit. As for me, until that Angel visits I will hang on to what I know.
My favorite part of aging is that I don’t care what people think. At least mostly. Everyone is different. Living up to other’s expectations can be exhausting. You can’t please everyone so why not please yourself. It’s so freeing. Really, you must try it.
You have seen the cycles so you know the endings. I noticed this when I was working. Someone came up with a “new” idea or way of doing things. (I can do a whole post on this one alone!) It wasn’t new. Nothing is new except for those spectacular inventions like the internet. There may be a twist but it’s the same old, same old. It’s like fashion. The same styles return. Maybe the lapels are wider or narrower or higher or lower but it’s the same style. (I am sure I donated it to Goodwill just last year.)
You don’t need as much makeup. Older faces don’t wear makeup as well as younger ones. It gets caked in those cracks so you have a free ticket to skip all but the basic. That frees up the medicine cabinet for the added medications you will need.
You slow up. There is no doubt about this. I can’t beat the contestants on Jeopardy anymore. The synapses are just not snapping as fast. (Personally I never take the blame. I am convinced that Jeopardy is harder than it used to be.) There is an upside. This starts to happen when you have more time available. Of course, you won’t win in Jeopardy but for most other things, it doesn’t matter.
You don’t sweat the small stuff. I know you’ve heard this before but unless your life is in danger, it’s all small stuff. Older people understand this better than anyone.
I could go on but maybe I’ll save that for part 2.
What do you think the best things about aging are? You don’t have to be over 60 to contribute. Everyone is aging.