10 reasons why getting older is not so bad

10 reasons why getting older is not so bad

Today I’m another year older. I’ve always hated birthdays. Please don’t ask me how old I am. Luckily I look like a teenager and some people still ask me “How’s school?”. Lol. Yep. I’m not kidding. So even if my age does not show, I still hate getting older.

Before I start falling into a negative spiral (that’s when something you perceive as negative grows into a big negativity monster that’s hard to kill and its all downhill from there), I decided to think about some positive things about getting older. This practice of listing positive things about a perceived negative situation will help a lot to put things in perspective. Here’s my list!

3. I’m wiser – Getting older and becoming wiser goes hand in hand. My younger self was clueless about how life works and made so many mistakes.

2. I’m happier – I’m happier than I was, because I took control of my happiness and my life. Before I just felt powerless. Now I know not to just accept things the way they are.

3. I’m not so shy anymore – As I got older, I grew less shy. I became more outspoken, confident and my low self esteem issues are non existent. Not sure what happened, but I’m not complaining. Good riddance!

4. I’m funnier – I’ve always had a wild imagination. Well that’s what happens if you’re an introvert and in your head a lot. With that came a crazy sense of humour, that unfortunately could not surface because of my shyness. People in my life tell me I’m silly.  I’m just happy that part of me surfaced, because my whole life I felt it screaming to get out. I also learnt to laugh at myself and life. Some things aren’t so bad when you look at them as funny.

5. I’m smarter – Not that I was never smart. I’ve always excelled at academics. Yes, I can say that, because I worked hard at it. The reason why I say I’m smarter is because I make a point of learning something new every day. Younger me placed herself into a box and did not question everything. Older me questions everything and I’m constantly learning. Knowledge is power. I think everyone should go through this life like that. To be curious and gain as much knowledge as they can about everything. It also helps the brain to stay active.

6. I’m more responsible and less stressed – I make more responsible decisions in my life and I see the bigger picture. I plan ahead and that way I feel more in control. I'm less stressed and I don't get sick at all any more. My younger self was constantly stressed over things she had no control over and was clueless about how to deal with it. My stress lead to a lot of health issues. So less stress equals a healthier older me. 

7. I’m more compassionate and empathetic – I’ve experienced a lot of pain in my life, but the upside of that is that I feel more compassion and empathy towards others. I just want to build others up when their down, because I needed that a lot in my life.  

8. I found my life’s purpose – I think a small part of me always knew that inspiring and motivating others is my life’s purpose. Why else would God give me so much to overcome? My younger self could never imagine or attempt to inspire. My older self knows that’s what I was meant to do.

9. I’m more comfortable in my own skin – I stopped wondering what others thought of me. My younger self was obsessed with what people thought of her and if they would accept her. It was exhausting! Let them talk if they want. I laugh at my awful fashion sense and my equally awful hairstyles that just don’t want to fall in place. Also I hate wearing makeup. It’s way too much effort. Oh is that the reason why I’m still single, lol. Uhm...I love my plain look! It’s their problem, not mine. Beauty fades. I want someone to like me for my personality, not my looks.

10. I know what I want – You can only know what you want once you know what you don’t want. Getting older and gaining more life experience is the only way to find out what you don’t want and what you do want. My younger self always felt lost and stumbled through life.
So there’s my list. I actually feel much better about getting older now. It’s not so bad after all. For those who hate getting older, make your own list or borrow from mine. I’m sure most of you can relate to the points I made. You can share what else you think is positive about getting older. I’ll appreciate your thoughts.

Until next time,
Goodbye.

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17 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! Wait until you get to be my age (on Medicare ;) and you think back to when you were younger, and say...*whew* I'm glad I don't have to face the problems young people have today! Getting older has it's perks!
    Linda B

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  2. Lol Wow, thank you so much Brice. :-)

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  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Lorenza! This was a wonderful post. Very positive and I love it. I hope you have a wonderful day.

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  4. Happy Birthday, Renza! I think it is terrific that you have such a positive attitude about aging. Last year I turned 50 & I jumped on that AARP membership. #Discounts #schwing 😊

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  5. Happy birthday Lorenza! Yep... getting old has its benefits. All it needs is stay healthy and young at heart. Age is just another number. Good thing you are with some of us who are older than you yet, could give a lot of helpful aging suggestions ;-)

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  6. Happy birthday Lorenza! Yep... getting old has its benefits. All it needs is stay healthy and young at heart. Age is just another number. Good thing you are with some of us who are older than you yet, could give a lot of helpful aging suggestions ;-)

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  7. Thank you so much Diane, Susan and Saroja! You three are so awesome, I'm really fortunate to have met you all :-) A Big thank you for all your support with my blogging journey.

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  8. Happy Birtday lorenza, wish u all the best :)

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    1. Thank you Ika! I appreciate it :-)

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  9. Belated happy birthday to you �� There are always some advantages and disadvantages on growing older. Just enjoy every moment and every year you get in this lifetime ��

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    1. Thank you Joana! Yes you're right. We have to enjoy the time we get in this life :-)

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  10. Happy belated birthday Lorenza, May God bless you with all your hearts desires :) I hope you had a fabulous day! My two favourite reasons are you getting happier and being comfortable in your skin!Awesome post:) Love it!

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  11. Thank you so much Shivonne. I appreciate it a lot :-)

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  12. Belated birthday greetings. As you get even older you'll realise how much better you feel about yourself, trouble is it's about that time your body starts giving up on you.

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    1. Thanks you for the birthday message Captain. Yeah the body gets old and tired more often. Guess we can never have it all.

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