Doing what I do, my birthday shouldn’t rattle me and, for the most part, it doesn’t. But I can’t say that there isn’t a small part of me that cringes ever so slightly at the number as it increases every year.
I truly believe that age doesn’t matter when it comes to doing anything- I’ve seen too many success stories of people in their thirties and beyond that have more than proved that anything at any age is possible.
Yet, it’s funny how I still can’t help the feeling that time is running out and that another year has come and gone and there’s no going back. I can’t help checking the mirror for any new lines and white hairs coming in.
I know this is all physical and, let’s be honest, this is the crappy part of aging for a lot of us. But if you can separate the physical from everything else that comes with aging, it starts to not seem like not such a big deal and maybe even worth it for all the good stuff that comes along too.
I love being the age that I am and it’s great to look back at who I used to be and who I’ve become. I can now look back at all my failures and laugh a little. I can marvel at some of the risks that I took and remember to self-motivate from this place every day.
I love that I see so much growth and so many achievements and goals reached. I love that there are so much more situations I can navigate with ease and confidence because of my experience. I love being at a place where my experience can be shared to inspire others. Plus, sharing wisdom and giving advice really is another way to stay young; passing your ideas on to the next generation means that your ideas live on and your experiences, bad and good, are never in vain. Growing with each day and reaching goals is getting older with style. That’s really doing aging right.
When I think of it this way, getting older just for the sake of another year (and not checking in or evaluating the growth) truly is the only ugly side of aging. Looking at it like this, I start to appreciate the grey hairs that stick out like badges of success through the worry of the times I fell down and all the lines on my face made from so much happiness and laughter.
I had a great birthday this year, spending time with my friends, family and a riotous 50% off sale. Thanks to everyone who sent me birthday wishes!
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