Getting Old-It's Not All Bad
"Getting older is fine. There is nothing you can do to stop it, so you might as well stay on the bus." John Byrne
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Remember, we are not alone in this whole aging stage of life. Looking around, I see there are older people all over the place. We are a considerable force. One, I am proud to be a member of. We still have a lot to offer despite our advancing years.
When I look in the mirror and see the wrinkles on my face, I sometimes mutter some not-so-nice words about getting old.
But I have realized that getting old is a balance of some not-so-good things with some good stuff. It's a trade-off.
I can now spend more time with my husband and our family. Family time becomes more precious as we get older.
I now have more freedom and independence—no more of the same old daily grind. No more setting the alarm clock and trying to get through traffic to rush into work.
I have learned who my true friends are. And the importance of maintaining those friendships.
I have more time to pursue the things I want to do. Or spend a day doing nothing if that is what I want to do.
More time with my family means not just my grown children but also my grandkids.
"Getting old is like climbing a mountain; you get a little out breath, but the view is better." Ingrid Bergman
I have learned to accept things as they are. My motto is 'it is what it is.
I have fewer life decisions to make. Which certainly has its advantages.
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I have moved away from the thought that I expected to have accomplished more with my life. I have realized that I am pretty darn pleased with my life. And my greatest accomplishment is that I raised three great, caring, responsible children.
I am more likely now to speak my mind. I think we tend to say things we might have wished we could say when we were younger. We get away with a little more due to our age.
I have a better understanding of what is truly important in life. It's the people in my life, not the things.
My children have now become my friends. And adult children do make great friends.
Grandkids are awesome. There is a special bond between grandkids and grandparents—lots of fun and love.
I no longer sweat the small stuff—most of the things I have spent time worrying about never happened—no point in wasting my energy worrying about things that may never happen.
I now enjoy more of the little things in life. Simple things like enjoying a cup of coffee on the porch in the early morning or the sound of the lawnmower and the smell of freshly mowed grass.
If I don't want to do something, I don't do it. I just say no! Learning to say no is something that we all need to learn.
I no longer care as much about what others think of me. What I think of myself is what is essential. And I am happy with who I am.
So remember, while you lament the wrinkles and the things that are now sagging, make a list of the positive things you currently enjoy.
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