A new appreciation for OLD!

I am old. I turned 50 this year and logically know this to be true, however, 50 doesn’t feel like I thought it would. I have heard about the aches and pains that come with getting older. The idea that our health declines, or our loss of mental acuity is guaranteed, are the common perspectives of aging. The reality seems to me to be very different from these assumptions.

I feel better at 50 than I did at 30. I am physically stronger then 95% of the 25 year olds. I workout more intensely than some professional athletes.  I am much more comfortable with me as a person and I no longer care what others think of me. I have a rewarding career, I am one of the top people in my field, I get job offers at least 6 times a year, and I had gallbladder surgery last year and healed incredibly fast (working out the next day, don’t try that). I have much more energy than I did years ago, I love life, and I look forward to getting up. I have kicked depression’s ass, not with pills, but with exercise and good diet. I do not get sick and no longer live a fear based existence. I do not get pulled into the middle of drama, because I refuse it. In every area of my life, I feel better at 50 than I did 25 or 30. I have really become comfortable being me, in fact, I really wouldn’t want to be anyone else. If I knew getting old would feel this way, I would have done it a long time ago. I do not say these things with arrogance, but rather as a tool to encourage others.

I had times in my life where things were the opposite. I hated life and even had thoughts of not going on. I thank God everyday that I did choose to go on, knowing that those negative events actually made me much stronger. I can now handle what ever life brings me. Life will still have pain, I can’t stop that, but I will not ever suffer again. I have been a victim for the last time (17 years ago was my last victim day).

For those who may stumble across this rambling and may be struggling, I hope you choose to find the strength to go on and overcome what is defeating you right now. I realized that my perspective made me feel old when I was young, and now makes me feel young when I am getting older. Join me, it is much easier than you could imagine!