It Ain't Over

One of my new favorite magazines is AARP the Magazine

When I turned 50 I started to receive mail from AARP (American Association of Retired Persons). Initially, I felt some kind of way about that. First of all, who retires at 50? Secondly, I certainly didn’t feel old enough to be a member. Finally, AARP? Really?

Now, it’s one of my favorite magazines. It is the one publication that encourages people to own their age. I like that.

I will be 52 in less than 4 months and I have never felt or looked better than I do right now. I don’t have a perfect shape and that’s okay. My skin isn’t as tight as it used to be and that’s okay too. It’s not supposed to be.

Nowadays there is so much pressure to nip this and tuck that. Women aren’t allowed to grow old gracefully. We’re supposed to defy aging. We’re all learning to slow down the aging process and I have to ask, “why”? Aging is a blessing but somewhere along the line we started to view aging as a curse. Probably because when we think about getting older we think about the loss of independence. We think about having to be cared for.

I work primarily with the active aging community and they truly inspire me. These people are well past their 70s and through their activity they are screaming, “It ain’t over!” I am proud of the fact that I am almost 52 years old and still going strong. We should never allow our age to be an excuse for not being active or not being the best that we can be. Age is nothing but a number and we must be proactive in order to hold on to our independence.

Let’s not fight the aging process. Let’s embrace it. Let’s enjoy every single minute of it.

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