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What Do We Really Mean By “Aging Well”?

What Do We Really Mean By “Aging Well”?

By Susan Williams

The other day I had a meeting with someone and they happened to ask me how old I was.

I’ve never really been one to hide my age so I told them I was 55.

They were shocked.

They told me that I didn’t nearly look that old and complemented me on how well I was aging.

At first, I thought this was an amazing compliment and held my head high as I basked in the warmth of this comment. I then thought about how grateful I was that I didn’t pursue that $1200 investment in Botox (that’s a whole other story) and for a very brief moment I felt great.

But then I had another thought.

Do we think that aging well is really only tied to our appearance?

I started to think about all the posts and reports on the internet of people ‘aging well’.

So many were focused on an individual’s appearance. They stated how well they have ‘held up’ over time and commented on how these individuals looked so much younger than their actual age.

It made me wonder when and how do we let go of this outdated thinking?

Aging is a part of life.

To deny aging and all the physical changes that occur with it is really like denying a part of our life experience.

To celebrate someone looking younger than their years is it really any different than the model industry setting outrageous expectations of how beauty should be no larger than a size 2?

Should we not be holding up role models of healthy aging as individuals that are embracing life, making a difference, and are filled with passion, joy and humanity?

Maybe these are the people that should be celebrated and revered rather than those that possibly just had the good fortune of good genes and wearing sunscreen.

Maybe then we can all feel comfortable in our own skin and welcome and embrace everything that comes with aging.

Wrinkles and all.

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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.

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