I read something interesting recently. It said if you have a negative attitude about growing older, it can increase your chances of getting Alzheimer’s disease.
Tomorrow I’ll be 45 years old & am wondering when & how this happened. lol Not necessarily that I feel old, but it seems like I just turned 30 last year. Time speeds by so fast!
It’s also rather scary because of the things I have seen. Older folks’ bodies failing them, loss of independence, losing friends & loved ones. It can be scary thinking that one day not so far off, that could be me.
Rather than indulging in that kind of thinking, dreading & fearing getting older, I’ve decided to think of getting older as a new journey. I’ve also decided to embrace the good things that come with getting older.
Many older people have a certain comfortable way about them. They realize that their many years have given them plenty of experience & wisdom. They aren’t the naive young men & women they once were who trusted the wrong people or who had no idea what to do in a crisis situation. The comedian Christopher Titus once said something along the lines of people who have been through some stuff know when things are about to hit the fan, you step to the side of the fan. It’s very true! Having plenty of experience is a good thing & grants you a great deal of wisdom you can’t gain from books.
This experience also grants them a certain freedom. Freedom to enforce healthy boundaries with no guilt, freedom to wear what they like without caring what others think, & freedom to be completely themselves, without apology. This freedom is a wonderful thing!
Just because you aren’t 22 anymore doesn’t mean your life is over. Sometimes, it’s only beginning. Joyce Meyer didn’t start preaching until she was in her 40’s, I believe. Laura Ingals WIlder, author of the “Little House On The Prairie” books began her literary career at 44. Morgan Freeman only became a well known actor after his role in “Glory” at age 52. Colonel Harland Sanders started KFC at the age of 65!
And, if you’re worried about losing your looks, forget that! Look at Salma Hayak- she is in her late 40’s or maybe even 50, & stunning. Kim Basinger, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christie Brinkley & Valerie Bertinelli are all over 50 & I think even prettier now than in their younger days.
If you’re worried about losing your looks, learn ways to take care of yourself to age gracefully as these beautiful women have. I’ll share my skin care secret with you so you can start there if you like. I exfoliate my skin often, at least a couple of times a week with a scrub I make myself from equal parts ground oatmeal (I grind it into a powder in the blender), corn meal & salt. I do this in the shower- put some of this mixture in my hand, mix it with water, then rub it on my skin for a few moments & rinse. I follow this with a good moisturizer after the shower. In the winter, my skin gets extremely dry, so I need to use a heavy moisturizer. The rest of the time, I use another concoction I make. I make very strong green tea & add olive oil to it. About 1 part olive oil to 3 parts tea. You can adjust the ratio but be aware- too much oil can leave your skin feeling greasy. It absorbs quickly & leaves my skin feeling soft & looking glowing.
There are some definite perks to growing older. Why not decide to embrace them today? Even if you are reading this & young, it’s never too early to make this decision. xoxo