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I will accept and honor growing older as because I have so much to look forward to and I’m always wondering about who I am going to beor do when I am older and I believe right now I’m at the stage in my life WHERE I AM STRUGGLE DEEP DOWN WITH MY MENTAL HEALTH AND IM PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONALLY DRAINED AND DONE WITH EVERYONE LIFE IS HARD SOMETIMES AND YOU HAVE JUST TAKE THAT AND ACCEPT THAT as I get older I will accept and apperaite and honor growing up.
Never stop the search for meaning and purpose. Resist any inclination towards “I’m too old for that”.
April 12 was the 80th day before my 80th birthday. Each week since then I assigned a theme. Each day during that week I did an activity to follow that theme. Some themes were: grateful, connect, fun, nature, physical, outrageous, give etc. I enjoyed the idea.
Oh, that builds on the idea I captured in a blog post of doing X number of things to honor my X birthday. I’m going to work back from my upcoming 60th birthday–I still have time to start things 60 days out from that. In our family we refer to have a “birthdayweekmonth” to keep the celebration going so I may go 60 days past my 60th, too. Thank you for the idea!
You are welcome.
Being thankful for the days that my body and this earth have provided me. Try to live in the moment and look forward to moments still to come.
… by breathing in and out and enjoying every moment; being grateful in and through the limitations; honoring the losses and continue to gracefully move forward.
Say “thank you dearly” to the aging part of my existence which is my body, that it has carried me this far, allowing me to express and feel and sense all of life through it. One of the precious gifts of aging I feel is awareness. For me, to be helped and guided by kindred hearts to open up and find back to Love while living in this sacred vessel is most wonderful and humbling. Shared joy, in process.
Perhaps it is more about awakening? The idea of growing older seems very linear, a single direction and final. Awakening is a multidimensional unfolding and eternal. I sense the need to awaken, not grow old. Sounds like I don’t accept growing old, but growing up.
As I step through each new threshold on this journey, I will release what no longer serves me and embrace what is before me. As I practice this, I will be preparing for the ultimate release to see what will then be before me.
Not focusing on my age. Do what you want and when you want, until you’re in your grave, its NEVER too late.
By taking good care of myself and helping others.
How might I minimize my memory losses?? My friend and I both want to live shorter lives than our mothers – this is a recent new discovery of mine, as I struggle with the complexity of the devices I use – smart phone and laptops especially. I’d expected to live a couple years longer than my mother did, but now I hope not to!
Honor the wisdom I have earned.
Keep on learning.
Never give up.
I carry within me all the ages I have ever been. Each phase has enriched who I am and how I approach and accept living in the world. I’ll turn 60 this year and expect to look back in a few years and remember being 59 as “young”. It’s all relative.
Hoping not to feel spammy, I’ll share a personal blog post with an idea I got from somewhere about celebrating birthdays by doing something(s) as many times as you have years. My sister added to my original list and ideas have come in from social media. It’s a way of celebrating that you have more years and several of the ideas involve self-reflection in some form http://biketoworkbarb.blogspot.com/2022/05/counting-up-years.html.
There are some really fun ideas on there – thank you for sharing!
Old age, sickness and then death– the unpleasantness of the joys of being alive that I’m getting better at being at peace with. Let the pain be the pain. over and over and over… until I no longer need to remind myself.
Thanks, Carol – I’m tolerant of the pain and delighted to remember previous pain that no longer exists. It’s the aging brain that distresses me more. But it’s wonderful to remember pain that no longer ‘is’. Warm wishes to you – 🙂
I think the answer’s in the question…acceptance, acceptance, acceptance. All of life is about letting go. The Serenity Prayer comes to mind: God grant me the wisdom to accept the things I can’t change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” I pray for wisdom daily and know in my heart that Life is trustworthy. Don’t fight, flee or freeze. Let it BE. After all, there is a message in the title “human Being.”
Carol, I really like your mentioning of the serenity prayer. We always seem to associate aging with all manners of decline and while that might be more prevalent in old age it can happen at any age. There can be accidents, medical mishaps, chronic illness. genetic defects and so much more that can befall a human being. In fact I feel that with all the potential adversities out there it is a real miracle to be alive. Sometimes wisdom is also attributed to aging. Well, age does not protect from acting foolishly and I know young people who are wiser than me in some aspects of life. In other words age is just a number. Wherever we find ourselves on our journey accepting what we can not change is one way of honouring ourselves as is changing what we can and knowing ourselves well enough to distinguish between those two options according to our abilities independent of age.
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