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It’s Okay – You Can Call Me Old

It’s Okay – You Can Call Me Old

What is so wrong with being called old? 

It seems everybody wants to live a long life but nobody seems to want to get old.

I just love this quote by Andy Rooney as I think it says so much about society’s view of aging;

“It’s paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn’t appeal to anyone.”

Personally I don’t mind being called old – in actual fact I’m proud of it. To me getting older brings so many positive things – the biggest one of all is not experiencing the alternative! 

Here are some of the benefits that I think come with getting older;

Wisdom. Once we reach a certain age, we have accumulated a lifetime of wisdom through our experiences, relationships and knowledge. This wisdom really is priceless – and it could not have been created without actually getting older.

Authenticity. As we get older, what other people think of us really doesn’t seem to matter as much. Sure, we all like to believe that everyone is going to like us and accept us for who we are but we now know that isn’t always the case. As a result, we’re able to be more authentic – both with others and ourselves. We accept the fact that people will or will not accept us for who we are and either way we’re okay with this.

Relationships. We now value and nurture positive relationships. By this point in our lives we have probably had our share of bad relationships that we know when we have a good one and work to hold onto it. We also don’t waste time with the unfulfilling relationships (just look at the rise in the divorce rate for people over 50).

Time. We begin to slow our lives down when we get older. Not because we are getting older but because we are no longer running our lives at neck breaking speed and beginning to realize that our time here on earth is no longer endless. We begin to appreciate more things in our lives – the simpler things. Going for a walk, spending time with family, appreciating the changing seasons… whatever it is –  we now take the time to appreciate the people and things around us.

History. Hopefully by this point in our lives, we have accumulated stories and memories that have created a history that we are looking forward to looking back on. Our personal history is what helped to construct us to become the people that we are. It’s an important part of the fabric of our heritage and one we can now share as part of our legacy with the people who are important in our lives.

So go ahead – call me old – I’m okay with that. It’s a part of my life that I can’t help but feel very fortunate to experience.

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.