I would say that it depends on you and your interaction with the world. If you have a positive outlook on life and take good care of yourself, then age is most definitely just a number! A 25-year old can be really old and an 80-year old can be the youngest person you ever met. I remember a girl who went to my school when I was in seventh grade; she looked and acted like she was about 40 and it took me a whole semester to figure out that she was 16! On the other hand; my grandmother was a very young 81-year old when she passed.
Aches and pains
I know that things change in the physical sense, and aches and pains appear the older you get, but if you eat healthy stuff and make sure to exercise there is no reason why you should let that make you feel older than necessary. Even if this happens; your age really does not have much to do with how your body feels, but rather how you feel on the inside!
The reason I began thinking of this is that I recently turned 50. So many people comment about it in a semi-negative way and they make jokes and all that, and I just don’t know what the big deal is? I’m not old, it’s just a number! Sure 50 feels like a big number, but I have more fun now than I have ever had in my whole life! I’m stronger and more courageous than I have ever been and I do things that make me stand out and I don’t care anymore. It is so freeing!
It’s not worth it to hold back
All my life I have tried to stay under the radar and be like everyone else and it has been so hard to accomplish, especially since I never felt like I could do it. I have always had unusual interests and I have kept them on the back burner just so no one would notice me, but I don’t do that anymore; I have the right to do my thing, and if I don’t do it now I’ll never get to do it!
I think many people never pluck up the courage to do their own thing and that is so sad. So many have wonderful gifts they never present to the world from fear of being seen as odd, when in reality they would most likely be admired or at least just accepted for who they are.
I don’t want to regret things
To me there is no sadder thought than to lay on my death bed and regret not doing or learning all the things that interest me, no matter how unusual they might seem to others; they are not living my life and I don’t have to live theirs!
What I’m trying to say is; as I have gotten older I have decided it is not worth it to “fit in” because we are all unique and that is just the way it should be! I think that we become old when we constantly try to be like everyone else. If all you look for is outside confirmation that you are okay and fit with the norms there is no need for curiosity and your life becomes stagnant.
50 is the new 30
They say 50 is the new 30 and I intend to live like that is the truth! My kids are out of the nest and I can do what I want and I want to have fun, to learn, to do crazy things and enjoy myself as much as I possibly can. My best friends (who incidentally are a little nuts too) are taking me on a roadtrip this summer, and I think that is going to be something we will do more than once.
I’m doing a lot of stuff I would never have dared doing only a few years ago and it makes me happier than ever before! So don’t try to tell me being 50 means I have to feel old, because I will definitely prove you wrong.
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