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Age Perfect: What It Is and Isn’t!

May 4, 2017

Rant:

Age Perfect. What it is and Isn’t:

Madge Hardcastle played by Celia Imrie in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel said:

“…I don’t want to grow older. I don’t want to be the first person they let off the plane in a hostage crisis.”

Ha!

Well one thing age perfect isn’t is wishing we were younger.  That seems quite obvious but is it?  Often we find ourselves in situations where the notion of wishing we were younger pops up. I totally get there are things about being younger that many of us wish for and with good reason! I asked my husband what he wished aging wasn’t.  Among other things, it was getting out of bed with the aches and pains! Very honestly for me, I wish that after the kids are gone and the job is over your libido came roaring back!!

The whole idea of wishing to be younger is not a comfortable one.  It isn’t for me.  I think to myself, “Knowing what I know now, wouldn’t it be fun to go back?” Then the reality hits, if I went back, I wouldn’t know what I know now!!  DUH!  It doesn’t work that way.

A baby shower was held for the owner of the gym my friend attends.  The conversation was about jobs, having children and material things.  My friend felt like she was back in high school being left out.  It was then she had an ‘aha’ moment: jobs, having children and things are not that important to her anymore.  She gravitated to a woman who was closer to her age. Consequently they had a lot in common.  No more feeling left out.

Rave:

 

Age Perfect.  What it is:

Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh says:

Age perfect

Age Perfect

Attitude:

Age Perfect.  What it is:

The following article written by Jordi Lippe-McGraw, a millennial, recognized ‘age perfect’ when she saw it!  Don’t let the title fool you! It’s an empowering piece.  Please read it.

https://www.oyster.com/articles/54029-4-reasons-why-young-folks-should-go-on-an-old-people-cruise/

I’m adding to Jordi’s list of reasons we are a pretty great group of “old people”…

  • Acceptance of things we can not change frees us to ‘be where we are’
  • We honor the value of our experiences
  • Our focus on what is important changes from ‘things’ to relationships
  • Gratitude increases
  • We just don’t care that much what other people think of us

What does age perfect mean to you?  Let me know!

 

 

 

Originally posted 2016-07-04 18:21:02.

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