With age comes experience. And, if you’re lucky, a wee bit of wisdom, too.
Here are just a few reasons why you get better as you get older.
The benefits of aging
- You’re less inclined to put up with people’s crap.
- You saw the great bands before they became famous.
- You get a senior’s discount (but it’s better to have it offered than to have others assume you’re an old fart).
- You can start collecting Social Security and, if you’re lucky enough to have one, a pension, too.
- Your dearest, most treasured friends tell you how amazingly young you look and ask for your secret.
- You realize that if people have a problem with you, that’s exactly what it is – their problem. Not yours.
- You don’t give a fig what most other people think about you.
- You’re likely to scandalize your younger relatives by what you say or do because…hey. What the hell. Why not?
- You have a first-person perspective on what younger people call “history.” If they even know what that is.
- You know it’s not the end of the world. Whatever it is. Cowboy up, for God’s sake, and deal with it. This, too, shall pass.
- Just when you think you’ve seen it all, something else happens. Life is still a surprise and worth treasuring.
- You do less stupid stuff, because you did most of it before.
- Women are still hot – it just comes in flashes.
- You look back at your 20s and say, “Thank God THAT’S over!”
- You recognize how smart your parents were.
- You woke up. Yay! Any day above the dirt is a good day.
- There are just some things that are not worth getting worked up about. Make that “most things.”
- You owned classic cars before they were classics. And wish you still had them now. (My 1965 Mustang fastback, shown here, is the only car I sold for more money than I paid for it.)
- You’ve gotten really good at spotting manipulators.
- You can more easily release the things – and people – that no longer serve you.
- You have learned the hard way that you never loan money to relatives. Call it a gift and let it go.
- You have a much clearer vision of what’s important in your life.
- Your definition of success has migrated from the outer trappings of life to what makes you happy.
- You refuse to get sucked into other people’s drama.
- You matter to yourself – you’ve moved up on your own list of important people in your life.
- You realize you’re not perfect and you never will be. You’re OK with that. It’s the imperfections that make you unique…and memorable (hopefully in a good way. But if not – hey, what the hell).
- You’re better at recognizing your own value and that you know a lot of stuff. More than you thought you did.
- You’ve given up trying to change other people because you know (a) it’s not your business and (b) it’s hard enough to change yourself.
- You understand that some people are always going to be negative and whiny and the sooner you bounce them from your life, the better off you’ll be.
- You FINALLY understand that worry will never change the outcome, that it only steals your present joy.
- You’re more comfortable in your own (sagging and wrinkled) skin.
- You’ve learned that even well-intentioned advice is not welcome, so you keep it to yourself unless you’re asked.
- When you wake up in the morning, you recognize that it’s totally in your power to have a good day or a bad day.
- And speaking of bad days: You’ve survived 100% of the worst days of your life. Celebrate!
What’s one thing you’ve learned as you improved with age? Please share!