Embrace Aging

Recently, I got my first pair of prescription glasses after a long while of harassment from my husband, telling me that I needed glasses. I knew he was right, but I resisted. Why? If you cannot see, you cannot see, which can happen at any age. But full disclosure: I do not look my age. I do not have gray hair or many wrinkles, and my spirit is young. So, although I always proudly tell people my age, I know I do not look it. But these glasses were saying something else. Of course, this was all in my mind because some people wear glasses their whole lives. It is all about my perspective. I had to analyze it to figure out what the problem is with aging?!

Aging is a natural and inevitable part of the human experience. As we journey through life, we have the unique opportunity to embrace aging with open arms, recognizing its immense power and potential. Contrary to societal stereotypes and misconceptions, aging is not a decline but a chance for personal growth, self-discovery, and a deeper connection with the world around us.

With age comes wisdom. Each year provides a wealth of experiences, lessons, and insights. We gain a better understanding of ourselves, our values, and our priorities. We know more than we have ever known and done more than we have ever done, yet we see aging as becoming less than the young people we were. It does not make sense. Embracing aging involves accepting ourselves with greater self-compassion. We understand that physical changes are a part of life, and we learn to love and appreciate our bodies for their resilience and the stories they tell. When we accept ourselves, it leads to increased self-confidence and a sense of inner peace. Acceptance is imperative because, guess what? There is no stopping it; we are getting older if we live. Our daily lives provide the opportunity for personal growth and transformation. We can set and achieve goals, learn new skills, and adapt to changing circumstances. The power of embracing aging lies in our ability to reinvent ourselves and pursue new passions.

We have two choices: embracing our aging or resisting it. Aging will happen either way, but your experience will be vastly different depending on your choice.

Embracing aging is not surrendering to the passage of time but celebrating life’s ongoing evolution. It acknowledges the beauty in our growth, the power of our experiences, and the wisdom we’ve gained along the way. By embracing aging, we unlock the potential for a fulfilling, meaningful, and joyful life journey, proving that our later years can be some of our most rewarding and enriching times.

Are you resisting or embracing? Send an email and let me know!

Dr. Kimberly VanBuren

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