Getting Older Does Have It’s Benefits

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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. And it sure as hell beats the alternative.

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’s 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? And continue to learn and grow? 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 and a good heart are the only things 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 this 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.

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

0 thoughts on “Getting Older Does Have It’s Benefits

  1. Kym Gordon Moore says:

    BOOM! πŸ’₯ Cherie, I couldn’t have said this any better. Hopefully we become wiser with these realizations and we can pass on such wisdom to the next generation because if they live long enough, they too will experience these gifts and treasures of life! πŸ’˜πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’– Beautifully articulated my friend! πŸ€—

  2. murisopsis says:

    Age and weight are just numbers! I think that health is better measured in endurance and happiness… Being comfortable with who you are is good but lifelong learning is essential!!

  3. Infinite Living says:

    Dumb is forever – haha I love this and made me laugh! It is so important to be open to more learning, being curious of Life itself, there is no age to it. As you rightly point out aging and physical change is inevitable and there are so many gifts that come with it. I love your list about it and agree. I read a quote floating around, something like – Do not be unhappy with old age, not everyone is lucky to see it.

  4. Leon Stevens says:

    Allow me to post a related poem:

    Youth vs. Age

    When we are young
    We are invincible
    Or we think we are
    It’s just mind over matter
    When we are older
    We know better
    Or think we do
    We can still do many things
    But now it’s just
    Mind over bladder

    -Leon Stevens

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