I've yet to meet anyone that says "I love this getting old thing. It's really awesome." It takes a huge shift in thinking to accept the physical and emotional changes that come with aging. As much as I try to take it as it comes and appreciate what hasn't fallen off me yet or failed to work anymore, it's still a struggle to find a positive in the aging process. I decided to make a list of things that I find good about getting old. It took awhile because I kept losing my train of thought but I managed to come up with the following:
You can do what you want when you want. The older you get the fewer people you are responsible for or answer to.
It's not a lie anymore if you say you can't do something because you're too tired.
Running vs walking. No longer an option.
Younger people look really bad when you give up your seat for a pregnant woman or better yet, someone older than you.
You're more apt to be forgiven for forgetting an important date.
You are no longer held responsible if you fart in public.
If you woke up this morning you're not dead yet.
Staying in on a Saturday night to eat popcorn and watch Netflix no longer means you have no social life.
There's nothing left to learn the hard way.
You can predict the weather by how much your joints are aching.
If your back goes out it means that you don't have to.
No one phones after 9 pm. They assume you're in bed.
I used to say "I wish I knew then what I know now." I've changed that to "I'm glad I know now what I didn't know then." If you've reached a respectable age and are still making the same mistakes, you've kind of missed the point of this whole life thing.