Why Growing Older Is A Real Privilege

April 27, 2023

Our cultures’ relationship with age is a strained one, to say the least. It is not uncommon for those aging to feel they need to look younger, to counter the effects of aging  by any means possible. Of course, there is nothing wrong with wanting to look a little more youthful and vibrant. Doing so can help you feel more confident, more yourself, and perhaps even a little healthier.

Yet there is nothing wrong with aging, either. Provided the measures you use to look better and feel healthier are wholesome, such as fixing your teeth with clear braces, applying makeup that helps you express yourself, and taking care of your skin, you are going about it in the right way.

However, some people may feel obligated to change their natural selves to avoid this. There is nothing wrong with cosmetic surgery if done for the right reasons, of course, but if you feel obligated to pursue that, it can be unhealthy. It is important to shift our mindset from time to time, to realize that growing older is a real privilege, and the rest of your life will certainly be the best of your life.

Let us discuss this topic with the sensitivity it deserves:

Each Year Is A Triumph, Not A Sentence

After a certain age, it can feel a little worrying to see yourself getting older, each birthday another year. But the truth is that not everyone has the privilege of making it to your age, nor the opportunity to learn another year, to make it through tough times with dignity intact, and another chance to show your virtues and share laughter with other people. Each year is a triumph, not a tired obligation, and remembering that can help you see aging as a real privilege and not just something that has to happen.

You Come To Know Yourself

As we get older, we tend to see through our own nonsense much more easily. We stop living to impress people or gain their approval. Instead, we feel free to satiate our little nerdy hobbies, to cultivate our own opinions about the world, and sometimes, to accept or even work with our flaws or the issues we cannot change. This does not mean we cannot improve or strive to be different when that is a better stance to take, but it does mean we feel positive emotion on that path, not a sense of critical obligation. When you come to know yourself, you become a force to be reckoned with.

You Have Many Years Of Capability Left

While aging can lead us to a heightened risk of some health conditions, it is true to say that you should have most of your capabilities throughout your life provided you are able to use them. For instance, even people in their eighties skydive for the first time, you can learn to dance at any age (even wheelchair dancing lessons are available), grandmothers play videogames, and even if age does take away some faculties, the sharpness of your mind and the love of your friendships can remain. In other words, do not fret about getting older, because you will never stop finding things to do or appreciate.

With this advice, you are sure to see that growing older is a real privilege, and hopefully this can ease your mind about it, or feel worried about milestone birthdays that seem to change everything.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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