Reframing The Term “Signs of Aging”
So often we hear all about the perceived negative signs of aging. Which all seem to be in our appearance. Wrinkles, sagging skin, dark spots, brittle hair, dry skin and extra weight. To me these are reminders that you better get moving on living your life. It is almost like God set these in motion so we would pay attention to the passing of time. So that we would check in and reassess our lives. He knows how vain we are. But aren't we more than these tell tale signs that reveal themselves on the outside of our bodies? Or do they really define us in todays world?
I find it interesting when I read so many articles and so much content saying that “it is what is on the inside that really matters.” However, that is not what is often talked about, written about or spoken about in small circles and large gatherings of people. We are told all about the perceived negatives of growing older. A thought to keep in mind, growing older is a privilege that is denied to many.
We are shown in countless advertising campaigns and influencer posts that youth is where it is at. I believe that EVERY season in life is where it is at. Each one serving a purpose and each one a part of our personal development and evolution. Each one to be celebrated. How exciting would that be? What if we really lived in each moment and embraced what each decade of life had to offer? What if we faced every birthday with child like wonder? The way we did when we were turning 10, 15 and 21. What if we were creative on how we celebrated each birthday?
The truth of the matter is that no one is getting out of here alive. We are all terminal. No one knows when their time is up. Then why would we have the mindset of dreading another birthday? I can think of a few people who would have welcomed those wrinkles and grey hairs. But unfortunately they were not so privileged.
In other cultures, age is equal to wisdom and knowledge. The older generation is looked at with respect, and admiration, and they are cared for. How can we create this here? In the USA so much emphasis is put on the youth.
I have loved every age that I have been. However, I have to say this age of 53 is quite remarkable. Nothing is taken for granted. I love the skin that I am in today. I love the pursuit of wellness with each coming year. I love the opportunity to reach back and lift others up through wisdom gained from life experiences and lessons. But most of all, I love the sense of self that I have. The knowing that I have a sense of urgency in my life to pursue all my dreams and visions. I love the fact that I know I will not waste one day. The rest of the “effects” of aging, the ones that are outward, well, I have some great ways to take care of that too. I believe in working with my body. I nourish from the inside out for glowing healthy skin and I defiantly know my way around the gym. So, they don't worry me at all. Life is meant to be lived at every age! Live well!