If you’re reading this post that means that you’re alive.
And, with every day you’re alive, it means you’re getting a little bit older.every.single.day.
Every. Single. Day.
To be honest, I didn’t focus on my (or other people’s) ages as I grew up. In fact, I really don’t care how old or young people are — with the exception of people that I’m dating.
Are you insecure about your age?
The older I get, the more I notice how other people put their age insecurities on me and the people around them.
You know what I mean. The person who talks about how old they are getting all the freaking time. They drop their age into conversations with awkward precision during moments when you just don’t care.
Now, let’s be clear. I’m not saying that aging as a process doesn’t freak me out from time to time. It does. Sometimes, looking at my own mortality through the lens of my own aging body has me catch my breath in surprise.
But referring to how old you are in comparison to colleagues, or other people that you’re around, conveys an insecurity about your age that I don’t want to deal with.
We’re lucky to age the way we do in America.
I have my own insecurities. Yes, it’s true. Because I’m human. However, I also realize my American aging issues represent a First World Problem. People my age in other countries are considered bordering on elderly. I realize I’m surrounded by people living a long and fruitful life because of access to good quality health care, clean air, and constant access to food.
I know how lucky I am. And, in those moments I hear my friends freaking out about some issue concerning their age I want to commiserate. But I also want to scream. Get over yourself. Deal with it. We all get it. Let it go. Get surgery.
We are all afraid of aging.
This is just a fact. I’ve just decided to face my aging fears head on. And, as a woman, there are additional fears that come up. Like leaving family planning too late. But, hey, there was a lady in Germany who had quadruplets at 63 years old. Anything is possible.
I do prefer to have kids before the age of 63, though.
Age insecurities don’t help anyone.
Focus on living your best life.
My point is that instead of focusing on aging I’ve decided to focus on living my best life.
I have friends of all ages and they all give me life! My older friends show me that life doesn’t end at 27 years old. They are traveling the world, volunteering, politically active, and even starting families later in life. They are also studying, teaching, and continuously curious about the world around them. This constant curiosity about life-in-general is truly contagious.
These folks don’t have age insecurities. They get out there and live life to the fullest, without worrying about whether or not they are doing things “age-appropriate.”
My younger friends keep me in the loop about pop-culture, some technical things (even though I seem to know more), and push me to remain curious and aware of different things around me.
Every day I wake up I’m thankful and I don’t care how old I am as long as I’m still living. Each day I focus on living my life to the fullest. I speak to strangers, I tilt my face up to the sky, I practice gratitude, and I try to be kind to others.
I don’t take anything for granted.
As I write this post, I’m recalling a scary moment that happened earlier in the day. I was driving from the mountains when a giant truck raced in front of the car behind me. It was obvious that he didn’t expect to see my car in front of the other one.
He almost hit me. And, if he had, I don’t think I would have escaped that crash uninjured. Maybe not even alive. As I watched the truck speed past me, I began to shake because in that moment my life had flashed in front of my eyes.
Each day is a gift.
I don’t want to live a life of fear bound by age insecurities. I plan on continuing to push myself to grow as a human being. There are several goals that I still have pending on my list:
- Become fluent in Spanish! I have a pretty decent grasp of it, but I would like to become fluent in Spanish by the end of this year. If Celine Dion could learn English in 4 months, I’m sure I could improve my Spanish by the end of the year.
- Be in another music video. I was an extra in an R Kelly video. Seriously. I would love to be an extra in another music video. I need to start looking for an opportunity.
- Live abroad for awhile. I’ve lived abroad several times before, but I feeling the call to go again. Will keep you posted.
- Run a half marathon. Because a full marathon is too much.
I still have other dreams and goals. I have a lot of living to do.
Stop worrying about your age, whether you’re 20 or 50. Just live with passion, love fiercely, and be kind to yourself. Getting old is a wonderful thing, especially when you consider the alternative.
What do you hope to accomplish in life? What are your goals — no matter your age? Let us know in the #Adulting Facebook community.