The Benefits of Getting Older

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No one enjoys the thought of getting older, I’m no exception. However, if we’re lucky to live long enough, it is an unavoidable reality we’ll all face eventually.

The reasons we fear the advancement of age is the loss of our youthful good looks, decline of physical strength and endurance and the rising possibility of illness and death…all very legitimate concerns.

I have often heard Judge Judy tell young litigants whom stood before her, “Beauty fades but dumb is forever”.

She is right. And I believe her definition of “dumb” is not level of intelligence per se, but the refusal to learn anything new and hold on to beliefs and values which may never benefit us. If we aren’t learning, we aren’t growing and being from a small town, I’ve met countless people my age whom haven’t learned much and continue to hold prejudices which should have long been done away with, while lamenting about and dreading getting older.

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But getting older is certain. Why not be grateful for each day given you? As the old saying goes, “There’s no fool like an old fool.”.

Intelligence and the wisdom we’ve gained over the years always trumps beauty, strength, health, or anything physical because once we’ve lost all the physical blessings we once had, smarts is the only thing we’ll have left before we finally leave this world.

There are many positives to getting older. Here are my takeaways:

1. I feel very blessed to have lived this long. A lot of people never make it to be my age.

2. Being older has made me confident and comfy in my own skin, giving me the freedom to be myself without fear.

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3. I have become choosy of the people I keep in my life, preferring family and a few of my closest friends. I prioritize the people I love, who love me and who mean the most.

4. I don’t waste time with people who are fake or who don’t have my back. I love myself enough to walk away from toxic people who would otherwise bring me down and I can do it free of guilt.

5. It’s much easier to say, “NO”.

6. I have gained a truckload of knowledge and wisdom!

I wouldn’t trade any of these benefits for all the beauty or money in the world, which is why I don’t toil over my age nor do I hide it because I consider it an asset and a testament to how far I’ve come.

Mary Kay Ashe once said, “A woman who tells her age will tell anything.”
I disagree.

But a woman who tells her weight? Now there’s a woman who will tell anything!


0 thoughts on “The Benefits of Getting Older

  1. beautylicious5 says:

    Great post πŸ‘I also face the topic of aging, slowly noticing more grey hairs every day. But glad to have my current wisdom and knowledge, wouldn’t like to be back to my twenties with all the insecurities 😊

  2. rts - Facing the Challenges of Mental Health says:

    I am 58 years old. I wish I knew what I have learned back when I was in my 20’s and 30’s.
    I react different now to what I would have done in certain situations.
    Now with an adult daughter and grandchildren I try with some careful language to instill some of like’s lessons. I am praying that they can escape the pitfalls that I fell into. So far, so good!

  3. ladyinredagain says:

    My father died aged 55yrs 1 month so when my second husband moaned about becoming 60. He asked how did I think he felt being 60? I told him he should be very grateful. I am now older than my father ever got to be and for that I am grateful. He didn’t get to see all his children married or most of his grandchildren born. I have at least seen two grandchildren arrive into this world.

    • cheriewhite says:

      I couldn’t agree with you more. You have a great attitude and you told your husband the right thing. Like yours, my father died young too. He passed away from Leukemia at 53 years old. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about him.

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