There seems to be this overarching notion in our world’s culture that aging is a negative thing. In certain Asian cultures, women are said to “expire” after the age of 30, and I think the popularity of plastic surgery goes to show how many feel about aging in the U.S. and other Western countries. And while I’m not here to judge what anyone chooses to do with their own body (or face), I do think we need to remember what an honor it is to age.
Not only does aging mean we had the chance to live a beautiful, long life, but I for one appreciate my current age more than any before. Sure, being youthful and without a wrinkle, let alone a bedtime, was easy and fun – but the wisdom and confidence I have in my thirties definitely beats not getting hangovers.
When you’re young, you don’t necessarily have to take care of your health as much, and as you get older, that changes. But I love how self care is such a big part of life as you age – I think it’s a beautiful thing to focus on. And of course, motherhood, growing families, witnessing friends’ families expanding, and the cycle of life is something to celebrate. While sad things like death come with age, so does new life – something I’m constantly in awe of, especially having my own daughter.
I’m not here to say I never stress about an aging neck (I do!) or that getting older isn’t a little scary. I’m here to remind myself and others that each birthday, each age, is something to be thankful for. Especially if you’re healthy and have the ability to take care of yourself.
When your body is hurting from age, give it a bath and a stretch. Give it love through movement and improve your posture. Get massages to soothe aching muscles and pain that’s accumulated. Don’t give up on what your body can do.
If you’re seeing lines appear on your face, remember all the laughs that came with it. The years you’ve been through and the emotions its come with. Drink lots of water to keep the skin hydrated. Treat it to face masks and relaxing bubble baths, along with healthy food that’ll come out in your complexion.
When your brain feels like it’s getting slower, keep it strong with crossword puzzles, learning new things, and music. Journal to remember memories that might be fleeting in the future and for everything you’re grateful for in this age.
Above all, love yourself throughout the years – as aging is a journey that can never be turned back; we might as well embrace its with gratitude and grace.
How do you deal with aging? Is it a struggle for you or something you’ve learned to embrace long before this article?