Why Getting Older May Be the Best Thing That’s Ever Happened to You

It's a beautiful morning and I've just plopped down in a comfy chair on the deck overlooking my backyard. I enjoy starting the day by listening to the birds as the early light slowly brightens the sky. I love my home, my quiet life here, and the peace and contentment that comes from a daily routine. Isn't it funny how, as we get older, simple things can bring so much peace and satisfaction to our lives? 

Speaking of getting older, it's a topic that's been on my mind lately. While I live in a country that applauds youth, I'm developing a new appreciation for the gifts that aging has to offer. Sure, there are days when I discover new wrinkles and pine for the tautness of youth or, upon feeling tired, begin to worry about running out of energy. But, for the most part, I'm finding real value and pleasure in the aging process.     

Here's some of what I love...

  • I have respect and appreciation for the preciousness of time.  There's nothing like aging to inspire in us a desire to use each minute, hour, and day, in the most satisfying ways.
  • I have far less patience for phony people, cocktail level conversation, or pretense.  It's boring, draining, and increasingly intolerable.
  • My suck-it-up muscles are getting weaker. (Thank goodness!)
  • I enjoy my own company and find peace and contentment in solitary activities - something I often avoided when I was younger.
  • It gets easier to make health a priority. When I eat well and move my body every day, I notice a significant difference in how I feel and it inspires me to schedule my life around these activities rather than trying to fit them into a busy schedule.
  • The youthful concern about missing out on something gets replaced with the more mature understanding that we are not at the mercy of outside forces and invitations. We're the ones who create our best life experiences. 
  • History repeats itself and that's a good thing. When I embark on a new project, for instance, and get inundated with voices that tell me it'll be too much work, I don't have what it takes, or it's all been done before, I smile and keep going.  These voices have been with me for years and I now welcome them as gatekeepers who announce the commencement of my creative process.  

With so much emphasis on staying young, I think it's important to stop and think about how the passing of time adds depth and meaning and substance to life. What if getting older is the best thing that's ever happened to you?   

This morning I'm celebrating the wisdom of aging and I invite you to join the party . Are you with me?

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I wonder what benefits you're receiving from the passage of time?  I'd love to hear about them. Stop by my Facebook Page and post your thoughts. I'll be reading them throughout the day.

This week's video has been seen by many and is a poignant reminder to make life special by sharing your love. You can find it here.  Thanks, Terry!

Comments

Conni99 30th July 2013 10:31 am

Dear Cheryl,

Thank you for this article! I totally resonate with it. I am 58 years young, and feel like life has really just begun. I love being this age. It's the perfect age for me. Whatever age we are is perfect for us. Yes, youth is nice, but I feel so much better about myself now that I'm older. Other people's opinions of me isn't as important as it once was. I love this saying: "What you think of me is none of my business." I do my best to live it! :)

I made a decision a few months back to de-activate my Facebook account, so I won't be able to visit you there, but, I'm so grateful that you post such wonderful articles on SL!

Much love,

Conni

cyndy 30th July 2013 10:41 am

For me, only in duality and old karma is it about about age. As duality and karma dissolve it is no longer about age. Just had to say it.

Selone 30th July 2013 3:26 pm

I was having a similar experience this morning. As I walked into my house from the sweltering south Georgia heat; I thought “god, I really love my life now”. I’ve left behind all the stress, manipulation and control that defines that survival dimension. Every day is Sunday, I feel the essence of vacation all the time and a moment starts with “where am I NOW”, not a “to do list”. Maybe I’m living my version of the vanaprastha or the forest dweller stage of life. That portion of your life where one realizes the “purpose of the journey is not to accumulate possessions of experiences or power or fame, but to gather the tools an means to promote awareness of the luminous field of conscious energy that is the core of our being” (Deborah Willoughby, founding editor of Yoga International magazine ). Happy days to you.

Barbs2 30th July 2013 8:07 pm

Some do not have the good fortune to experience old age....Barbara

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Cheryl Richardson

Cheryl Richardson is the author of The New York Times bestselling books, Take Time for Your Life, Life Makeovers, Stand Up for Your Life, The Unmistakable Touch of Grace and her new book The Art of Extreme Self Care. She was the first president of the International Coach Federation and holds one of their first Master Certified Coach credentials.

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