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Do You Like Being Old?

When asked “Do you like being old?” what would your answer be?

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As I’ve aged, I’ve become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I’ve become my own friend..

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM or sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70’s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love .. I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.

They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody’s beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.
So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don’t question myself anymore..
I’ve even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever,
but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).

What would your answer be if someone asked you “Do You Like Being Old?”

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  • Jo Ann

    I loved your post and no I don’t feel old. I very much agree with all that was said in this post. I can do whatever I choose and never worry about what anyone thinks. I am probably happier now that I have ever been.

    • Trish

      I loved the post “Do you like being old”?
      I think everything stated was absolutely true!
      There is definitely a freedom that comes with age, you don’t care what people think, you can laugh at yourself and hopefully you are at peace!

  • Donna Branton

    I loved this completely! But only if we could acquire this positive attitude while we are younger! Be less critical of ourselves, after we are learning, making mistakes and the real world is the best university, so lets keep the chin up, even if we fall, we must get up and start walking towards our growth and evolution to become a better person.

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