Wednesday, July 23, 2014

On Learning To Love Growing Old

You start growing gray hair, your skin is not as supple as it used to be. Your vision turns bad, your hearing is not that good anymore. You are growing old. So what? No big deal. Growing old has other "perks." Here are 8 of them.

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1. You gain increased independence coupled with decreased mobility. When you were young, all you wanted to be was to grow up to gain independence. Now that you have the independence, you can't get to places you want to be because of obligations and responsibilities, topped with decreased joint mobility.

2. You learn to love sleeping. Remember how much you hated it when your mother forced you to take an afternoon nap? If you had known then that you would be sleep-deprived in adulthood, you would have taken a century worth of sleep when you were a child.

3. You become aware of unseen body parts that were unknown to you as a child. As an adult, your knowledge of human anatomy has gone beyond "head, shoulders, knees and toes." You now know that you have all sorts of glands, most of which go crazy and cause your current health issues.

4. You now can be proud to have a richer vocabulary. Words now have more than one meaning. For example, "Lumps" as a child meant you had a bad fall. "Lumps" in an adult can mean something else. 

5. You get to have in-depth knowledge of the word "Ache." As a child, the only "aches" you knew of were tummy ache and toothache. As an adult, you get to experience headache, heartache, joint ache, back ache and a whole lot of aches.

6. Excellence is something you try to stay away from. As a child, bagging an academic excellence award means a new toy, a new dress, monetary rewards, a dream vacation or a family dinner in a fancy restaurant. In adulthood, excellence at work would mean promotion, which means you will be given more work.

7. You look forward to retirement. It amuses you to watch young adults scrambling to land their dream job and make a mark. You shake your head and mutter to yourself, "Been there. Done that."

8. The best part of growing old is not counting how many years you have been alive. It is in collecting, treasuring and reminiscing all the good times and life lessons you had along the way. 

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13 comments:

  1. Embracing adulthood is embracing happiness and contentment. Yep, adulthood is just a beginning of something new, new phase of beautiful life...

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  2. LOL at excellence, if I had a job I would be able to relate to that. Oh good thing I am not suffering from the first number yet. Whew! And last, you just got to love the final statement! We all should do that!

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  3. No choice but see that growing old is an Inevitable phase of our life. and right we must not complain, we rather enjoy every moment of our life as long as we have it. Anyways, growing old is just a matter of choice. Choose to stay and live young. Forget gray hairs. hahaha!

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  4. So true. It's part of the cycle of life so let's enjoy the journey.

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  5. I'm there na.. ha, ha, ha... and the feeling is AWESOME. More sleeping hours na without worrying if may bukas pa na darating.

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  6. I love that saying and it's true. I have learned yesterday that one of my closest friend died recently and it's so sad to think that at a young age, he's already gone.

    PS.. I joined your Google Friend Connect sistah, hope you can join mine..

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  7. number 8 is the best and indeed my husband and I is already planning our big business in Philippines somthing like a resort hehe and just travel in the future

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  8. When I was in my 20s, I cringe at the thought of getting old. Now that I've entered the 40s, I'm glad I have managed to go through all those years because I have learned so much along the way. Gray hair will grow, wrinkles will fill my face, body changes will happen and gravity will seriously have a major role in my physical features but two hoots! :) With all those changes, I have become wiser.

    Growing old must be changed to "growing up." :)

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  10. When I was younger, I was hesitant of getting older specifically from 29 turning 30. I felt that I was past my prime. Maybe yes, maybe no. But age is just an arbitrary number, it's how you live your life. It is indeed a privilege to reach a ripe old age of 80 or 90 these days.

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  11. In my younger years, I couldn't understand why women would hide their age, and I'm not even afraid then to grow older. But now that I'm a little past 40, growing old suddenly came with a bit of a scare. Thanks to your post; my fear has been assuaged.

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  12. everything is true in your post! im on my early 30's and I agree...we gain knowledge and lifes lesson as we age.

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