As I sit at my computer thinking about what I can write for the anti-aging blog, I find myself actually questioning why it is called anti-aging?
What is wrong with aging? As someone who is now an official “senior” I don’t find it that bad. In fact, I have just booked a trip to Winnipeg and got a great deduction because I declared that I was a senior. Sorry, saving money cannot be bad.
Perhaps we need to look at why people are so worried about getting old. There are actually some benefits:
1. You actually get some discounts, and there is even a website that highlights the perks you can access.
2. You can, not always, be regarded as someone with something worthwhile to say and advice to share.
3. You have a different perspective on life. You know what is important, and more to the point, what isn’t in the scheme of things.
4. You become more feisty and outspoken. These days I feel so much freer to say what I think – good and bad – because who cares, it is just my opinion.
5. You can choose what you want to get involved in, or not. I value my time and who and where I focus my energies.
6. Tee me off, and I am gone. Sorry, no need for negativity in my life.
Yes, there are the aches and pains. I could do with some new body parts, but the key is to focus on what is important to you, because when you spend time and energy on your passions, you knock a few years off your predicted demise.
It is all about staying positive, interested and interesting. Using your skills and expertise to make younger folks’ lives more meaningful. That’s where being the old crone pays off, because you know you are making a difference.
And let’s face it, you’ve paid your dues. It is not all about how you look, but more how you feel and your acceptance of yourself as someone with something still worthwhile to say and contribute.
by Anne Day