So it’s arrived. It showed up without a lot of fanfare or big announcements. My alarm glared me into foggy reality, a new day to open my eyes, and a calendar that tells me I’m now , officially, another year older.
I don’t have any weird hang ups about getting older. The cool thing is… I don’t feel older…
I will admit sometimes, having to stop and think about my exact age. I just don’t give it much thought anymore.
I’ve not dreaded another year as if that’s going to change something in me. For the love of chocolate, I’ve been allowed to LIVE another year, who cares what number is attached to it?
I’m loving where I am in life and most of all love what I’ve been able to accomplish to this point.
I’ve found age to be irrelevant in regards to taking on new adventures and challenges. On an athletic level and what I’ve accomplished, age has nothing to do with levels of fitness. I can out run and out do people half my age. My kids freely admit they wouldn’t even want to go up against me 😛
I had to laugh at my doctor recently as he suggested that I “have fun but take it easy as I’m older” I told him I’ve done more physically in the last 3 years than I’ve ever done and I really don’t have any intention of slowing down. Not to mention I’m in the best physical condition I’ve ever been in to take on new adventures.
Ok.. hear me.. I’m not implying acting foolishly. I listen to my body and I know the difference between training hard and if there’s something I need to let heal and get better. That’s a most important aspect of getting older… having a little wisdom 😛
It should be noted about the good doctor here… he… was the one who encouraged me to get back to some exercise 8 years ago. How could he have imagined the wild adventures his counsel would lead me to ??
So yes, I’ve embraced new challenges. I know that there’s nothing I can’t do if I set my mind to it. Age is not a factor in being a good athlete.
But there’s more too. More to this getting another year older thing.
It’s being comfortable in and with who I am. Finding my voice and using it. Daring to be different.
I realized one morning, flying down the road on my bike at a crazy speed, I will not be sitting back quietly, getting older, watching life go by. I will not be a woman society will box up and set aside…. as if…. my age somehow will dictate my worthiness or abilities in some way.
Nah… I don’t see that happening. I won’t be quiet. I won’t sit back and follow some random rules that society says I have to play along with. I will think for myself, make my own rules.
Well, oops, I already have.
I will be the older, talkative, energetic and out going free spirit wife, mom, sister, aunt, friend in the tank top and short shorts at the family picnics 😛
I will continue to find humor in random things and laugh freely because laughter is always good for the soul. I will have fun taking crazy selfies at the spur of the moment just for the pure sport and fun of it and chronicle my adventures because it pleases… me.
I for sure, won’t be boring.
Age has taught me a few, I believe, important things….
To appreciate more and grumble less.
To value all I have, it’s not something I’m “entitled” to.
To appreciate all kinds of people and not make split decisions based on the outer appearance.
To truly be comfortable in my own skin.
I’ve learned there are times in life when silence can be as powerful as a spoken word.
But then I’ve also learned to speak up and speak out if I believe in something , see something as wrong, or if it’s something I’m passionate about.
I’ve learned to challenge myself more and not doubt my abilities to do something ( I will admit this one has been hard as I hate the idea of failing at something)
I’ve learned to accept from others the wisdom they can offer me.
I freely and openly engage with new people, believing and understanding, I can always learn something new from others who have different experiences and knowledge.
To love every moment of a “normal” day because when life throws things at you, you long for “normal” days.
Friendships come on all age levels. I love my mature friends who have walked roads before me and can offer sage advice and wisdom, but I also draw so much energy from my young friends who have this passionate nature for life. We encourage each other.
Diversity makes life way more interesting than surrounding yourself with only people “like you.”
I’ve learned to be less concerned over a perceived need for approval. Mainly because I don’t live my life with a focus on how someone else might do things, or if they approve how I do them.
I don’t take myself to seriously but I’ve also learned how to think deeply.
Being older isn’t a hindrance to pursuing new adventures and challenges.
Ah…. there are so many other things… I could go on….
Let’s just say, as I am waking up to a another year being older, I don’t dread it.
I am a woman who is grateful to have been given life. Who views the years she has lived as opportunities to have gained wisdom, maturity, confidence and an awareness of exactly who she is, what she wants, and where she’s going.
I want to continue to live in a fierce, bold way.
So here’s to life and another year of living out loud. Cheers to 50ish!