Thursday, May 14, 2015

The blessings of aging

Just the other day I saw a quote that resonated so deeply. I think you'll like it, too. It sees aging through a positive lens rather than the one that often grinds us down in advertisements that tell us we should be thinner, younger, more beautiful!

"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."

Yes, oh, yes. It does set us free. We can finally stop worrying about what other people think. What does that matter anyway? We can stop questioning ourselves about every little thing—and perhaps actually trust our own judgment and intuition. We can even let ourselves be wrong because we know there's much to be learned that way.

Isn't it all so liberating? And so joy-filled? Yes, body parts go south. We are more forgetful. We can't dance all night and wake up early the next morning ready for a day's work (or maybe we can!). But there's so much more. There is just nothing like authenticity. We can be comfortable in our own skin—at long last. And even like who we have become.

Another piece of dessert, anyone?

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