In a few weeks, I’m going to be 70. Yikes! How quickly it went.
Strange how the body ages – layers, wrinkles, sagging, shrinking. I can’t deny it. But the gathering of knowledge about the world and about who I am is more important to staying young in mind and hopefully, body. Learning to love myself is the only way to knowing how to love other people. And what the world needs now is people who know and love themselves.
What the world needs now is people who know and love themselves.
Here are thoughts about aging gracefully that ring true with me. They take wisdom and courage. I ran this list (not in any particular order) by Aunt Daisy who recently turned 84 and she gave me thumbs up!
* I’m only as old as I feel. I know that’s a cliché but it’s true. If I start telling myself I’m old, then I will be old.
* Exercise. I recently joined a gym and look forward to going and miss it when I don’t. Find an exercise to enjoy and keep doing it.
* Flirt whenever possible. It will make you and the other person feel great.
* Listen to others rather than talking about yourself. You will learn much more.
* Laugh at other people’s jokes even if they’re not funny. Any opportunity to laugh exercises your stomach muscles and makes you feel good.
* Be interested in what other people have to say. Look into their eyes while they’re talking.
* Be able to laugh at yourself.
* Don’t spend time with people who talk about how old they feel.
* Don’t focus on what you did, but what you are going to do.
* Don’t complain about life.
* Buy jewelry often or let a significant other buy it for you.
* When you’re dressed up, look in the mirror and give compliments. If you can’t give compliments, buy a new mirror.
* Tell other people how good they look when they do.
* Give yourself a pat on the back whenever possible.
* Take deep breaths several times a day.
* Think up, not down.
* Overdress whenever you can.
* Be young at heart. In the expert’s mind the possibilities are few. In the beginner’s mind the possibilities are many.
* Respect your inner artist. Draw, paint, play an instrument, build a birdhouse, write your memoirs, sing a song. If you can’t sing, hum.
* Notice nature. Keep a garden or buy a plant.
* Keep moving.
* Don’t be too shy to cry. Tears cleanse the soul.
* Be kind.
* Have courage.
* Remember that you are the architect of your life.
* Smile often.
* Don’t compare. The grass is not greener over there.
* Remember – gray hair is the bright side of black.