One of the great things about getting old is figuring things out. It’s knowing that despite the fact that it’s wrinklier and saggier, you are comfortable in your own skin. It’s being confident in the things you do well … and knowing the things you don’t.
Women especially get to a point where we have finally figured out our hair. No more “bad hair days” because we know what works, what doesn’t and how to tame it when we need to. Add to that the arrival at that place in life where we know when it’s important enough to really care and when we can just throw on a hat or ponytail holder and move on.
There are a lot of jokes about the intolerance of seniors, but it’s not intolerance of everything … it’s that by the time you’re considered a “senior” you’ve figured out what’s worth tolerating and what’s not (AKA — we can see through the BS).
Experience comes with getting old and wisdom comes with experience. It’s great to know when to care and when to simply walk away. It’s the ability to care less about what other people think … and wishing you could really get that message through to your kids and grandkids so they don’t spend so much time worrying about it.
You figure out how to be humble. As you get older, the aches and pains that creep into your joints also teach you how to ask for help. It’s accepting, begrudgingly, the fact that the box that was once easy to move, now requires a little help. It’s slowing down a bit because you aren’t quite as balanced or steady on a step ladder. And it’s fighting the aging process, but knowing it’s inevitable.
I’m grateful for aging … not because it’s easy, but because it comes with knowing where I’ve been and what I’ve done to get here. It’s great memories, solid choices and the joy that comes from getting it right.
There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. Let your experiences lead you to where you want to be.
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