Could there really be some good things about growing older? I had to think about it for awhile. I mean, there’s that wisdom thing, but I was looking for some everyday things that make life easier or more pleasant. Here’s a quick list of some of the pluses of aging, not in any particular order.
1. You start to think that maybe you may see some of that Social Security money after paying into the system for years—and that awesome add-on, Medicare.
2. Since your hair is no longer as oily as it used to be, you no longer have to wash and style your hair every day. Phew!
3. Nobody cares if you give money or a gift card as a present—in fact, younger recipients who figure you are clueless may actually prefer it!
4. Expectations about your activities are generally pretty low, so if you actually do something new and different, you’re a rock star!
5. Your eyesight kindly starts to weaken just as the wrinkles and gray hair set in—-without your magnifiers you hardly notice them at all.
6. Since you rarely stay out very late at night, cocktails in the afternoon have become socially acceptable.
7. When a new style comes into fashion, you can go to the attic instead of the store—you still have these “new” items from the last time they were the rage.
8. You’re not considered a “weanie” if you hire someone to cut the grass, paint a room or clean the gutters.
9. You can pass family heirlooms onto the next generation and let them decide what to do with all that clutter. If they don’t want them, then who are you saving them for anyway?
10. If you are within twenty pounds of your 25-year old weight, you are thin enough. My Mom always told me that you need a little fat as you age to plump out the wrinkles!
If these benefits of aging don’t make you feel any better, let me share with you the sign that my father had on the wall of his office: “Don’t begrudge getting older, it’s a privilege denied of many.” Amen to that, Dad.