Aging holds many benefits. Instead of focusing on the downside of the aging process I choose to look on the bright side. See... maybe optimism and wisdom increase with age? I hope so. Here are a few things that have gotten better in my life as I age.
Now that we're older, my husband and I spend more time laughing and being silly. We invent nonsensical nicknames for everything. As a result of calling things by different names, we have a secret language that is hilarious. We have a few choice dances moves that crack each other up too. As we age, our life together is generally more lighthearted, we do not take ourselves or our circumstances too serious.
Getting older allows us to frequent nicer restaurants. Sure, our tastes have changed with the aging process but so have our finances. There is less worry about where every dime goes. We have regular date nights and, now that we are older, there are more restaurants to choose from. We still love the greasy dives and pizza joints but our options have grown as we've aged, we can choose nicer restaurants if we want to.
We had two beloved retriever-mix dogs for almost 17 years. They were happy and healthy dogs that lived a long life. During their life, however, we fed them cheap dog food. We had no choice. They were big dogs that ate a lot and we were on a tight budget. Aging means we can feed our American bulldog-mix and our Maine Coon Cat-mix better food. There are many reasons getting older allows us to feed our pets better. One is simply education, we know more. We understand the importance of good food for pets. The other reason is finances. We can afford to spend a bit more on pet food. Even if it doesn't matter to them, it makes us feel better.
30 years of over 80% international travel took a toll on my personal life. I think changing time zones weekly and spending loads of time on airplanes took a toll on my physical health too. That pace is for a young person. Now that I'm older, I don't have to keep this rigorous and stressful schedule. I've proved what I needed to - to myself.
For the most part, I am kinder to myself. I no longer feel the need to fit into society's expectations of beauty. If I want to wear an outrageous scarf, I do. If I want to rock those crazy clogs, on they go. My body is sturdy and strong and I appreciate that. As I age, I know a healthy body is more important than a 'beautiful' body. That is a huge accomplishment for me. For that and all these other reasons, I'm happy I'm growing older.
Love this list.
Getting older beats the alternative! Great list.
Great job on this list. Love the benefits you explained.
Very positive look at being older!
Getting older also has its pains. It is not all fun games and roses.) Be prepared. It comes on suddenly. But happy to be aging. It is better than the alternative.;)
Good list. I might write one about Being Aged. I have already reached that age but do not feel or act it.
Love this list! You've really highlighted some great benefits of aging.
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