10 Things To Remember If You’re Stressing About Getting Older

We can’t escape getting older, but who wants to? Every day that we have on this earth is a gift. Still, it’s sometimes hard not to stress about aging. That’s why it’s good to remember these 1o things when we feel anxiety about yet another birthday coming around.

  1. We get better with age. We really do! We’re like fine wines. We get to learn so much about ourselves, what we want, and how to be more comfortable in our own skins. That’s a really cool side effect of getting older. We might learn to speak our minds more and put up with less crap, which is always a good thing.
  2. Laugh lines are pretty cool. They’re a sign we’ve aged gracefully, but more importantly, they show the world that we’ve had an amazing time and lots of belly laughs. They’re like natural tattoos that reveal some of our amazing stories to the world. Oh, and the same goes for stretch marks and cellulite, FYI.
  3. There’s no time limit to achieve things. We might think that we have to have our own company by the time we’re 25 and snag a life partner as well as two kids by the time we’re 30, but those milestones are just numbers. They have no real bearing on our life journeys. Things happen when they’re supposed to when we work hard at them and stay positive. If they don’t, then they’re not meant to happen. That doesn’t mean we won’t hit other cool milestones.
  4. We can’t control the future. We might worry about getting wrinkles or becoming old and being alone, but those are just fears. They’re not actually necessarily based on facts. We can’t control the future but we can work towards a healthier, happier one by what we choose to think and do right now. For example, if we’re worried about our future skin, we can form healthy skin habits right now. If we’re worried about being alone, we might not be able to attract the right person to us, but we can do other things, such as remember the next important point.
  5. We won’t die alone. Even if we never meet our forever people, that doesn’t mean we’re going to be miserable and alone. There’s so much love in the world for us and we should stop putting blinkers on it by thinking that romantic love is the only one that counts.
  6. Getting older is a blessing. Just think of the people who die when they’re really young. They’ve missed out on all the things that life had to offer. Every year that we get to keep experiencing life really is a reason to feel blessed. We might not always see it, like when we notice a grey hair in the mirror, but it really is. Just ask people who are ill in the hospital.
  7. Age is a meaningless number. There are people in their 60s and beyond who have energy and vitality, while there are people in their 20s who feel exhausted. The point is that age has little to do with how you feel and your attitude. You can be 70 years old and kick-ass. Besides, 70 is the new 40!
  8. We wouldn’t want to stay young forever. Sure, it might seem fun to stay in your 20s forever, but is it really? When you stop and really think about it and everything we’ve experienced and lived through, chances are we would rather be where we are right now than go back in time.
  9. Aging is an adventure. Who knows what 40, 60, 80 and beyond will hold for us? Instead of seeing getting older as a curse or something that will make us less than what we are, we should be seeing it in a positive way, as something that will make us even greater than we currently are. Whichever one happens really does depend on us.
  10. When we stop worrying, we can do some cool stuff. Instead of worrying so much about aging, we just need to accept that it’s a natural part of life so that we can move on and get on with the business of doing cool things in our lives, whether that means chasing our goals, working hard on our dreams, or just enjoying this moment. Oh, and doing everything we want without apology.
Giulia Simolo is a writer from Johannesburg, South Africa with a degree in English Language and Literature. She has been working as a journalist for more than a decade, writing for sites including AskMen, Native Interiors, and Live Eco. You can find out more about her on Facebook and LinkedIn, or follow her on Twitter @GiuliaSimolo.