Embracing Your Wrinkles: How to Age Gracefully

It’s no secret that our society is focused on the “youth fountain.” We see the firm faces and toned bodies of young men and women plastered on billboards, flashing at us from TV screens, and looking up at us from magazine covers. We are bombarded with images of youthful skin, tight abs, and tanned beach-ready bodies… yet this is not an accurate representation of the human population. Most of us are a few years older than the prime 25 or 30, with wrinkly faces and sagging bodies that provide evidence of a life fully lived. Because they don’t look like the magazines, many people turn to cosmetic surgeries and injections to wildly chase aging away. Some people aren’t that drastic – they just invest countless dollars in anti-aging creams and products that don’t necessarily make a difference.

Here’s the simple truth that we seem to have forgotten: aging is inevitable. With scientific advances in the health sphere, we live longer lives with less disease than we did even just 100 years ago. Living longer means we will age longer too! Since aging is inevitable, there is no reason to try and prevent it. The creams, the surgeries, the injections… they are all meaningless when we know that in the end, we all are wrinkly and saggy creatures whose bodies aren’t in the tip-top condition they once were. There are easier ways to retain a youthful look while also embracing your unique stage of life.

Change Your Attitude

Why do we look at the signs of aging as a bad thing? The human body is a masterpiece, and the wrinkles, sags, and scars that you’ve gathered are just reminders of the great times you’ve had. This is especially true of face wrinkles- they’re called laugh lines for a reason! You have experienced love, sorrow, excitement, stress, happiness and everything in between through your body. The marks of aging don’t show someone who isn’t beautiful, they show someone who is living a beautiful life! If you change your attitude, you can show people the beauty that comes from high self-esteem and optimistic confidence. It’s all about your perception!

Stay Active

Sometimes it isn’t about looking old as much as feeling old. Staying active can help you overcome that! Although it’s definitely beneficial to keep exercising, staying active also means being engaged in your community and being engaged mentally. Those who are actively participating in community events, clubs, or family get-togethers tend to wear their age gracefully. Keeping your body and mind intact is easier when you are surrounded by people who love you and by activities that keep you engaged. Just because you’re past your “prime” doesn’t mean you can’t continue to further your knowledge every day. The French playwright and novelist Françoise Sagan once wrote that “There is a certain age when a woman must be beautiful to be loved, and then there comes a time when she must be loved to be beautiful.” Staying active, surrounded by people who love you, will change the way you feel about aging.

Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself

Changing your attitude, becoming a viable part of your community, exercising, expanding your knowledge… these things take time! As you get older, your body and mind are not going to be the same as they were when you were 30. There will be side effects that are beyond your control. There will be days when you feel like you’re nearly 100 and you’ve experienced all that you want to, and there will be times when you don’t feel a day over 40. It’s normal! Often we are our worst critics… sometimes it’s more important to take a step back and relax. Aging gracefully is a way of life. It’s can’t be bottled, it can’t be bought, and no amount of surgical procedures will make it happen for you. It comes from your outlook on the life you’ve lived and the things you’ve yet to experience. So cheer up and embrace those wrinkles that you’ve worked so hard to get!

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