Your Age Should Not Prevent You From Living Your Best Life
"When you're 16, 30 seems ancient. When you're 30, 45 seems ancient. When you're 45, 60 seems ancient. When you're 60, nothing seems ancient."
- Helen Mirren.
I find myself thinking a lot about my age lately. 'I'm old' pops into my mind quite frequently. And it brings a feeling of sadness. The idea that people see me as an old lady kind of stings a bit. I know I am old. But I don't want to be thought of as old. And, I don't want to be treated like I am old. Crazy, huh? But seriously, can you relate?
I keep thinking about the phrase 'age is just a number, I think it's time to make that my motto. Why dwell on that damn number? It's the number that makes me feel old. It's the number that depresses me. In my mind, I'm not old. I don't feel all that old. But as I said, it's the number that gets to me.
As I started writing this post, I begin to realize that the reality is that despite cruising quickly through my sixties, my life hasn't changed. Only my age has changed.
My health is pretty good. Despite having a heart attack last year. So other than that damn number, there is no reason not to keep enjoying my life. A number will not define me.
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Things I can still do-
I can still enjoy time with my family.
I could go back to school and take some classes.
I am still learning new things.
Yes, even at my old I still Listen to Rock N Roll.
I'm having fun.
I can still be silly and sarcastic.
I can travel
I can still drive my car.
I can still spend time on social media.
I can still work at a job if I wanted to.
I can still watch movies.
I can still lose myself in a good book.
I can still take a morning walk.
I can still have lunch with friends.
If I want to have pink or purple hair, I can do that.
Honestly, I cannot think of anything I have had to quit doing because of my age. I am not saying that the time will not come. But it does no good to start worrying about it at this time.
Why should my age be a problem? It's the mindset that is important. Another phrase comes to mind 'you are only as old as you feel.' That, I think, pretty much sums it up.
"When you're 16, you think 28 is so old! And then you get to 28, and it's fabulous. As you reach each age, you gain the understanding you need to deal with it and enjoy it."
Things I don't much worry about anymore-(perks of being old)
Makeup is optional. I never used to leave the house without applying makeup. But now it all depends on how I feel. It is liberating.
Highlighting or coloring my hair is no longer a significant priority as it used to be.
We don't have to worry about being cool. We know we have been there and done that already.
Staying home on Saturday night is not a problem.
I don't worry about what other people think of me.
I freely express my opinions. If you don't like it, oh well.
So my advice is to not dwell on your age; instead, focus on living your life.
"I'm not old. I've just been young for a very long time."
"Your 40s are good. Your 50s are great. Your 60s are fab. And 70 is fucking awesome."
- Helen Mirren.