Getting older and bolder has been on my mind a lot lately.
And the more I think about the idea of getting older, the more I like it.
“What’s to like?”, I hear you ask.
Here is my long list of positives about becoming older. All things I am so very grateful for:
#1: I know what I like.
#2: I know what I don’t like.
#3: I care less about what others think.
#4: I am more opinionated.
#5: I have become more tolerant and forgiving.
#6: I am even bolder.
#7:I am more daring.
#8: I am still adventurous.(My biggest challenge to come yet is Trekking the Grand Canyon for the MS Trust in September 2017. Donations are so welcome!)
#9: I am choosier about how I spend my spare time.
#10: I have a greater sense of what matters. (Experiences over material things, any time.)
#11: I’m more focused (because time feels more precious.)
#12: I have learnt to go with the flow.
#13: I don’t expect things to be perfect for me to enjoy them.
#14: I don’t take family relationships and friendships for granted.
#15: I have more than patience. (Especially with seniors).
#16: I don’t sweat the small stuff anymore. (The question I ask myself: Does this really matter, in the grand scheme of things?)
#17: Deep down, I haven’t changed much. I still feel young at heart. (Sometimes even like 16.)
#18: I have made a bucket list, at the invitation of my youngest son. (And he and I are working our way down the list, one item at a time.)
#19: Sometimes it feels like I have collected large amounts of experience, insights – maybe even wisdom? (Even though the thought of having wisdom makes me feel really feel old.)
#20: I accept life has ups and downs. (Being happy all the time would be pretty boring, wouldn’t it?)
#21: I find happiness in little things. (The sun shining in my face on a still autumn day. The robin coming into the garden to pick some grubs. A smile of a stranger in the street.)
#22: I appreciate that being healthy is a precious gift. (Long may it last!)
#23: I find it easier to laugh about myself and my shortcomings. (Who wants to be perfect, anyway?)
#24: I enjoy giving back. (Helping the next generation thrive, whether that is through coaching, mentoring or just making connections for those who need a bit of help to find their feet.)
#25: I start to imagine what it would be like to be a cool grand mother. (Psst, don’t tell my children! There’s plenty of time for that, first they need to enjoy their freedom.)
#26: I know when to ask for help (and don’t feel like I have to do everything myself to prove my independence.)
#27: I live in the here and now, rather than in the future (Something that is quite an achievement for someone whose strength is being “futuristic” – i.e. finding it easy to envisage new openings and spot new opportunities.)
#28: Having grown up before snapchat, whatsapp and FB ruled (When personal meant personal, and nothing could be shared online.)
#29: Having made plenty of mistakes, but not regretting any of them.
#30: I have kept my sense of humour.
#31: I am still hopeful I can leave this world in a better place than I found it. (Call me an optimist.)
And the few things that suck. Yes, they absolutely suck.
#1. Having less energy than in my twenties and thirties.
#2. Worrying about cholesterol levels, blood pressure and my BMI.
#3. Struggling to read the small print. (Wearing glasses is annoying, especially when I want to do sports or it rains.)
Quite a short list in comparison to the positives, don’t you think?
What’s on your list of reasons why being older and bolder is better than it sounds?
Just leave a comment below – I am curious to see what you think!