Mark Twain said, “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
Getting older is inevitable. Time rushes past and suddenly it’s your birthday again and you’re another year older.
Being one year older sounds like such a negative thing, but how can you make it a positive? How can you be a person who doesn’t mind getting older and, instead, embraces every day? How can you make sure that age doesn’t matter?
Here are a few ways I’ve found to make sure your age doesn’t matter to you.
Take good care of your body. Reject the notion that getting older means being unhealthy – being overweight, worn-out, and having symptoms of chronic illness. It doesn’t have to be that way. Eat nutritious food, get 6 – 8 hours of sleep a night, make exercise part of your healthy lifestyle, drink in moderation, etc. Challenge yourself to be stronger and healthier with each passing year. There’s another quote that says, “Those who don’t make time for exercise will eventually have to make time for illness.” Edward Stanley
Keep your mind engaged. Learn how to knit, sew, paint, speak a new language, play an instrument, write a book, or whatever. What were you interested in doing a long time ago and still have a desire to do? Do it. Read books, do puzzles, take a class, research a topic you are curious about, go to a museum, join a book club…so many possibilities.
Be thankful. Some people, mostly women, don’t want to talk about their age or get a little blue on their birthday, especially milestone birthdays. If you consider the alternative, you’ll find that every birthday is cause for celebration. Celebrate and be grateful for all that you have, all that you are, and the opportunity to share your gifts with the world.
Check your attitude. We all have our cranky moments, but make sure those moments don’t turn into hours and days of crankiness. It’s not fun for anyone. Be a person who can be counted on to be encouraging and positive, not critical and complaining.
Let go of the past. Be like Frank Sinatra, “Regrets. I’ve made a few, but then again too few to mention.” Letting go has more to do with forgiving than forgetting. We all make mistakes in life, so forgive all that never was, all you never did, all who broke their promises, and move on. Looking back and regretting events from the past are not even worth mentioning. Instead, look forward to what you can still be and what you can still accomplish.
So age well – gracefully and beautifully. Share your gifts with others and be the best that you can be every day because every day is an opportunity to live more and love more.