Aging is a natural part of life that brings many wonderful and fulfilling experiences.
“I know that only by owning who and what you are can you start to step into the fullness of life. Every year should be teaching us all something valuable. Whether you get the lesson is really up to you.”
Aging is a natural part of life, and at times it can also be a trying time in your life. But, it’s important to remember that those years have given you so many meaningful and memorable moments.
As Oprah said in the quote above, aging is about getting closer to yourself, and the fullness of life.
With this in mind, here are 3 of our most positive things to remember about aging.
You’re Wiser, More Knowledgeable, & More Confident
As you age, your perspective broadens, and you become more open minded. You learn more about society, about change, like how your favorite sports have evolved over the years and just how great today’s athletes have become. Your understanding of your beloved hobbies and interests have and will grow year by year until you hold a master’s knowledge and experience.
With your masterful experience, you can now pass down valuable knowledge that you’ve learned along the way. Whether you were an engineer in the air force or worked as a telecommunications specialist; each piece of you has grown and advanced into becoming who you are today leaving you the power to inspire generations that come after you.
Even hobbies hold value. Teaching your grandchildren about woodworking or inviting your son on a bird-watching trip, or even sewing together a ripped portion of your wedding dress to give to your soon to be wedded granddaughter. Your skills and expertise are something to be proud of and lead to incredible feelings of confidence and fulfillment.
Being a wise and knowledgeable member of the community, you’ll find people will relish the opportunity to learn more from you.
You Appreciate Natural Beauty More
Just like finding beauty in age, finding a newfound love of Mother Nature is also part and parcel of aging. Exploring the forest through nature walks or holding a cup of coffee as you close your eyes and listen to the rain; these things become more enjoyable as you appreciate the little things that much more.
Watching the seasons change over the years, you’ll begin to appreciate the miracle of life and how things like the beauty of a blooming flower are ever fleeting. You might even find yourself stopping to smell the roses more often!
The discovery of nature can also be a wonderful way to trigger memories. For example, when smelling the fresh earth as you dig with your gardening trowel, you may transport right back to an early memory of helping in the garden. Or when you feel the rugged bark against the tree trunk and remember the days you use to adventure through the woods with your friends.
Nature is fascinating and holds many beautiful moments. And remember, trees live to be hundreds of years old. They continue to stay strong and provide a significant amount of purpose by giving us oxygen, shade, and resources. You will always have a purpose and will provide positive and moving knowledge to help everyone grow stronger.
You Know Who You Are & What You Want from Life
Every passing year brings greater confidence in making decisions. You’ll be more attune with your likes and preferences and know exactly what you want out of any situation. With things like choosing an outfit to wear, scheduling time to see your family and loved ones, or which vacations you would like to take, these things become easier and less stressful.
Your perspective will change in viewing more of the positive when faced with challenging situations. You’ll even start to take yourself a bit less seriously and care less about what others think of you. Finding that there is always a positive, you’ll worry less and feel the stress melt away as each day holds more joy than the last.
So, remember, life is fulfilling, and aging is the fulfillment of a life well lived.