Aging ... Gracefully?
I have a Word document I started a month or so ago when I first started testing the topic of aging gracefully. A handful of articles were found with the oft-encountered advice: Stay active, keep learning, get enough sleep, slather yourself in anti-aging serums and sunscreen before you start kindergarten—that kind of thing. And it struck me not only with the articles, but with various other things I started to take notice of around me: Aging gracefully, loving the skin you’re in – however it’s phrased – seems only to be possible (at least according to varying ads and articles) if you look at least 10 years younger than you actually are. “Age well by not looking it!” herald a multitude of campaigns and airbrushed models.
It can feel a bit like a kick in the teeth on a day when one is all too aware of facial lines and gray hairs and the passing years. Not that my life is over or I’m dreading the next birthday or am planning to start fibbing about my age. I would simply like some solid, practical advice on how to age well and to not fight tooth and nail against every indicator time is passing, progressing. At the same time I do understand not sugarcoating things. I do. But surely there is a silver lining to be found? Something good, something of a “big picture” viewpoint to help one past the not-fantastic changes a change in season can bring?
I don’t know—perhaps I’m in an overly contemplative mood and all this will pass after some time away from the keyboard. But I am curious as to what your views are on getting older? Yay or nay? Or are you somewhere in-between?