As I got older, I began to dread what would occur when I reached that stage in my life. I wondered how I would even know when it happened to me.
Appreciating the Journey
As I watched my friends and family struggle with turning 30, 40, 50 and 60, I realized that I wasn’t feeling any of the angst that they were experiencing.
Slowly, I was beginning to understand that it was important for me to accept and appreciate my own true nature. I began to realize that it was more important to be true to myself than to try to please others.
I barely remember turning 30 or 40. Turning 50 was different, but not for the reasons that you might expect. I had a serious medical condition that forced me to stop and reassess my direction.
It was about that time that I began to remember all of the stories about how the change would be the beginning of the end. Somehow, this concept just didn’t feel right and I wasn’t going to give up that easily.
A Holiday Changed My Life
I didn’t even realize how bad things had become until I had to pull off of a country road in Europe because I was crying so hard.
That trip changed my life forever. I suddenly realized that I was now the oldest woman still alive in my family. I also realized that if I kept going the way that I was, I wouldn’t be the oldest for much longer.
Time to Take Care of Me
All of a sudden, I had no tolerance for being unhappy or unfulfilled. I sought out every possible resource to learn how to navigate this new path.
I took strength and encouragement from other women. It didn’t seem like a lot to ask. I just wanted to be happy.
The Change Begins
Ironically, it was at this point of acceptance that my life started to change in ways that I could not possibly have imagined.
It seemed like the more grateful I was, the more I had to be grateful for. My life just got better and better.
Along the way, I discovered other women who were experiencing this same metamorphosis. It was fantastic to realize that this was not just a random event – this was my new life!
Now, just after turning 60, I am excited to see what this new change will bring. No matter what, I know that the best years are yet to come!
What messages did you receive from your family members about getting older? Did you have an experience that changed your perspective on the aging process? Please join the conversation and share your story.