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My secrets to aging gracefully

We’ve heard them all…” an aging woman  is like fine wine”…”with age comes wisdom”…but what any over the age of 40 knows now, is that, “youth is wasted on the young.”

Think about it, all those things you wanted to change and/or did not appreciate about yourself in your teens, 20’s, and even 30’s…..wouldn’t you appreciate them NOW, in your 40’s, 50’s and 60’s?

I’ve always had friends who were either much younger or much older than me When I was  In my early 20’s,  my friends in their 40’s loved the movie when “Peggy Sue Got Married.”  At that time, I thought the movie was so-so. Nothing great.   I recently watched it , as I am now in my 40’s and I GET IT!  It was relevant and really made me think.

Peggy Sue is in her 40’s and somehow (no, I don’t remember how, it’s a movie, so just bare with me) gets transported back in time to when she was in high school.  However, she remembers and knows all that she has learned about love, life, etc.  So basically, she has the knowledge and expertise of a mature woman in the body of a teenager!  Just imagine – if you knew then- what you know now.

So, herein lies the secret of aging.  Live your life with the grace, knowledge and the experience that your age has afforded you. But –  keep the spirit, drive and body (ok scratch that last one, cause we all know that the metabolism of a 40 year old does not compare to that of an 18 year old.  That’s another topic altogether) motivation to exercise and maintain a healthy body (yes, that’s better).

How do you accomplish this:  Exercise – Weights, yoga, house cleaning, sex counts ,too.  Use moisturizers, wrinkle creams, eye creams, neck creams, if it works to keep your skin looking fabulous.  Experiment until you find what works best for you.  Remember experimenting with makeup?  Come on now, who of us really got the use of blush and eye shadow right on the first try?  Eat right – none of those fad diets we did in our youth-you know the ones –cabbage, carrot, vinegar, etc.  Be healthy.  Try new things.  Isn’t there anything that you ever wanted to learn how to as a kid or teen, but didn’t?  For me, it’ roller skating.  I now know how to roll, bounce, and skate!  BONUS- it burns 346 calories an hour.  Keep your mind sharp, crossword puzzles, reading, Sudoku’s, etc.    And be “hip” (uh-oh, does anyone still say that?)  Ok, so then, stay current.  Listen to what your kids and even grandkids enjoy.  You’re bound to find something that you like.  Come on now, did your parents appreciate al of your music when you were in High School?  Luckily, mine did!  But, you get the point.

They also taught me about all types of music (Mozart to Marvin Gaye), the benefits of wearing sun screen and  moisturizer, staying active (lessons from ballet to horseback riding), reading, and being willing to try new things.  So to mom and dad…”thank you.”

And to all of you – remember, age is just a number.  Frank Sinatra said it best, just be “Young at Heart.”

And for those of you have seen the movie, and are in your 40’s and up, I’m sure you get it too!  And for those of you, who have not seen it- Watch the movie!

 

 

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.