“The best way to take the fear out of aging is to age fearlessly.” – Catherine Grace O’Connell
The only way to take the fear out of anything is to do it.
That includes aging.
I say screw the preconceived notions about aging.
Oh sure, I had a lot of my own – many of which I learned from my Mother, an actress who adored the spotlight. She detested getting older, especially the looking older part of getting older. That made her mad. Really mad.
In our youth crazed culture, it’s easy to get sucked into a negative narrative around aging. You can’t help but notice an entire advertising industry dedicated to telling us that we better get on the bandwagon to “Anti-Age.”
What a bunch of hogwash.
How can we be against something that’s happening to all of us?
Last time I checked, there’s not a human on the planet who isn’t getting older.
I hate to break it to you but, if you want to live, you’re gonna get older!
It’s been instilled in us to fear aging.
Did you know that it takes 7 years off your age if you fear aging?
Now, let’s be clear that I intend to disrupt the aging part as much as I possibly can!
I love testing out products that help me look and feel my best.
I would love nothing more to look on the outside the way I feel on the inside.
I’ll continue to do my part to disrupt the signs of aging while Embracing My Age!
Sure, there are some negatives – wrinkles, crepey skin, saggy boobs – WHATEVER!!!
They do come with the territory. I’ve got smile lines out the wazoo. Look on the bright side, it means I’ve smiled A LOT!
In all sincerity, we are inundated with ads for wheelchair lifts or prescription pills for everything that ails you. What we don’t realize is that those ads are created by youngsters who haven’t had the experience of crossing the threshold into Midlife & Beyond. The ads come from preconceived notions about aging. They don’t come from the actual experience of getting older.
One thing advertising is sorely lacking in is the positive side of getting older. From what I’ve discovered, there are A LOT of positives.
For one, I’ve discovered myself.
I’ve also discovered that I’m not alone. A Sisterhood of women are discovering themselves as well. And we like what we’re finding!
The older we get, the more life experience we have.
The more life experience we have, the greater the opportunity for wisdom.
The more wisdom we have, the more likely we are to be awakened to the power that lies within.
The more we discover the power and beauty that lies within, the more we stop focusing on the outside.
The more we stop focusing on our external world, the more we are able to focus on expanding our inner world.
The more we focus on our inner world, the less things like wrinkles and saggy boobs seem to matter.
What we begin to realize is that wisdom and life experience are priceless.
We understand that a heart filled with empathy and compassion, softened and hard won through the challenges of life, trumps everything.
Midlife isn’t over the hill. Midlife is the courage to climb the hill – to conquer the hill.
Midlife is permission – permission to be yourself.
Permission to cast aside ridiculous notions of aging projected onto us by youngsters – the ones who have yet to experience the beauty of getting older – the advertising executives who view getting older as a problem to solve rather than a life well lived.
To be clear, I plan to continue to disrupt the heck out of aging. You couldn’t pry my favorite pro-aging regimens from me for anything.
Yes, you can disrupt aging while also basking in the glory of being a woman at Midlife & Beyond – one who has lived long enough to understand the amazing gifts that lie beneath the surface.
I’ll continue to Age Forward with Grace & Positivity.
I’ll continue to shout to the rooftops that Midlife Matters.
Yes, Midlife Matters!
You’ll find out for yourself, if only you’re lucky enough to get there.
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