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.
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.
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.”
Because, a woman who tells her weight? Now there’s a woman who will tell anything!
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AAA Can’t agree more!
Thank you so much. The benefits far outweigh the cons. <3
Love the Mary Kay quote.
Thank you so much. 🙂
Love the Mary Kay quote.
BOOM! 💥 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! 💘🙏🏼💖 Beautifully articulated my friend! 🤗
Thank you so much, Kym! <3 🙂
Oh girl, you know it’s my pleasure as always! 💯 Smooches! 😘✨ ❤
Back atcha, girl! Sorry I can’t do emojis at this time. I’m at my desktop! LOL
Girl, I feel ya. Hugs and smooches! 💃 ❤️🤗
Back atcha, girl! :*
And BTW! I nominated you for The Sunshine Blogger Award! I thought you deserved a little recognition! <3
OMG Cherie! ❤ You are simply the best! Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness my friend. You rock!!! 😎💖🙏🏼
You’re so welcome, Kym! God bless you! 🤗💗❤💐
Totally agree with all of this 🙂
Thank you so much. <3
Getting older definitely beats the alternative.
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!!
I totally agree. 😊❤💐
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.
Thank you so much for your awesome thoughts on this! I’m so glad I could give you a few ha-has! 😊❤😁
You are welcome :))
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
Bahahahaha! 😂🤣😂🤣That last is a hoot! I love your poem, Leon! You just gotta post that on your blog! 💖💖💖
Love the quote.
Thank you so much, Kally. 😀
Cherie, getting older means you know when not to say anything! Never give unwelcome advice!
There you go! Never cast pearls before swine! 😀
We can repeat the same things of 2021 and expect different results 2022
#Love for all
Thank you for the great content
You’re most welcome. 😊
Thank you so much for your thoughts! Sending love right back to ya! 💖😘🙌🕊