I’ve been contemplating the idea that “age is a state of mind” for a while now. In another week, I’ll be 66. It’s hard to believe. Like most people, I don’t feel old. Well, I shouldn’t say that – some people who are 30 believe they’re old. I remember dreading turning that age but now it seems ridiculous.
Perception of aging – We are not our grandparents
Probably every generation has thought that their parents or their grandparents were old and decrepit until they reached their age and realized that wasn’t the case. However, Baby Boomers have gone to great lengths to remain young and vital. Is it the “Baby” in Baby Boomers that keeps us so young? Maybe.
We’re proud of our age rather than being embarrassed by it, even though OK Boomer is a phrase trending these days. Older women, especially, are projecting their individuality on Instagram as we’ve never seen before. Instead of wearing dowdy housedresses and looking like Babushkas, they are bordering on the eccentric. Leopard baby! The more the better!
#greyhairdontcare is a trending hashtag
Young women are even sporting silver hair. I still haven’t gone there yet, although it’s tempting. I love seeing gorgeous long grey locks on fabulous women who aren’t afraid to flaunt it. If I actually had eyebrows, I might jump on it. LOL
Doing it all and loving it
Older women who want to enjoy life to the fullest are out there traveling – often solo, are financially independent of men, are involved in what’s happening in the world and making a difference, and are starting new businesses and reinventing themselves – Some of us several times over.
Staying busy keeps us young like nothing else
Simply being engaged in a hobby is a good way to fuel your interest in life. Take up painting, quilting, photography, or whatever gets you excited.
Don’t let challenges throw you for a loop
We’ve all been through tough ordeals and will continue to go through them. Some challenges are obviously worse than others. You can’t go through these many decades and come out unscathed. But it’s our state of mind that gets us through even the worst of times. How we react to adversity makes all the difference.
A while back I wrote about an old man who had survived 6 concentration camps, 12 labor camps, and several death marches during WWII. He went on to become a successful real estate developer and philanthropist and lived to be 101. Let’s hope none of us endures anything like that. Those who survive and thrive adapt to their environment no matter what is going on around them.
The average lifespan has lengthened significantly
It wasn’t long ago -maybe 100 years – when the average lifespan was 60 or 70. That’s as old as many of us are now. But due to advances in medicine, it’s not uncommon for someone to live well into their 90s and beyond. Several cancers and other diseases are now manageable rather than death sentences. It won’t be long until they won’t even be an issue. Let’s hope, at least.
Remember that your state of mind makes a difference
Not everyone has the desire to live forever, but if you’re healthy and active, why not? Making simple lifestyle changes will give you more of a chance. Eat real food, rather than fast or fake food, keep moving – the more you move the longer you will, have a purpose that keeps you going, and stay connected with family and friends to avoid becoming isolated.
Just because we’re old enough to be grandparents or even great-grandparents, doesn’t mean we’re ready for a rest home. Our state of mind will keep us ageless.