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What Does Growing Older Gracefully Actually Mean?

Posted by jayemerill@live.com on January 11, 2020 at 2:00 PM

When people talk about getting older gracefully, it's not uncommon to ask."What does that mean? How do we accomplish this? Who’ s measuring this and how do they do it? There are so many mixed messages about aging in itself, that grappling with this ‘elephant in the room” can be both scary and difficult to measure or execute. Many people  have heard what's expected from  both the past generation and are working on a  new definition of aging. Which ever is right for you, to do it gracefully is actually the gift we need to reach for.

The goal is to gain confidence in navigating life transitions-and see yourself as an integral part of society-instead of being isolated from society.

Perhaps aging gracefully doesn't necessarily have to refer to age or appearance, but rather the attitude people have as they go through the various stages of life. Do you fall into thinking about the phrase “Aging Gracefully” to mean, something like "Looking old, but embracing it" or "Showing signs of aging, but still powering forward with life" ?

We all have the same needs, to survive and maintain, but keeping a youthful attitude is what we can do while we eventually recognize a gradual if not alarming decline in vitality (wrinkles, balding, loss of muscle mass and tone, diminishing vision and gray hair, high blood pressure, anxiety, etc etc).    I'm not saying that aging gracefully means you have to wear your wrinkles and then become full of pride. instead, doing and being able to  stride into the older years with confidence means taking steps to make your outside appearance match the way you feel on the inside.

Disrupting aging is about challenging outdated beliefs and stereotypes, while sparking new solutions, to make positively fantastic choices about how we want to live and age. It seems that between the ages of 40 through the early 70’s we question the meaning of our lives and whether our success has brought us happiness. We go through a period of reflection and re-evaluation to assess our achievements to see if we have realized our goals. Then,  ask ourselves what we still have to do to reach them,

The goal is to gain confidence in navigating life transitions-and see yourself as a meaningful part of oursociety-instead of being isolated from it.  If you feel energetic and youthful internally, it comes down to taking a look at your most important personal needs and desires.

And so, I challenge you to begin to look at new ways to practice growing beyond your intelligence and  to try and bring a greater understanding for how to stall this progression of age.

What’s the next step in our lives? Perhaps we should be making changes in that life balance, your marriage or take a long look at finances and health. When answering these questions it is then our turn to face our fears, the fear of the unknown, of outliving our money, of losing our independence, of failing health, and of becoming a burden to our families. Sometimes it may even be the result of or fear of boredom.


When we reject the common notion that aging equals failing and look at aging as a process of continual growth, a greater sense of purpose and self-image can emerge. Then, aging is disrupted and becomes the part of life to look forward to; discover the real parts for living the life of the person we’ve always wanted to be.

But then, languishing in self doubt doesn't help with  the willingness to demonstrate growth, a change to expand one's horizons when making new changes is acceptable. Activities  such as finding new companionships, , challenging  comfort zones and widening life's boundaries can bring with it a whole new feeling of exciement and vitality if we change the way we view ourselves.

Many of us have had our share of friendships or marriages that have ultimately failed and we absorbed just how much that kind of loss can hurt. But rather than dwell upon our losses, we have learned to maintain the success for many which have stood the tests of time.

 The group, Women Growing Older Gracefully,  helps to redefine what aging gracefully  is all about, where  we assist each other to make improved and wiiser choices about their wellbeing. There, we have come to cherish our girlfriends, viewing them as members of our extended families. Few things are as joyous as this reunion of comrades, and as exhilarating as the  meeting new people, discovering we have much in common .We also remain ready and willing to entrust our hearts to new friends andknow that it is only within the context of friendship that we truly grow and learn as people.  

We have a whole lot of experience to share as we age togetherand find special meaning to the art of growing older gracefully. You see, it is through continued conversation among ourselve’s and together, which makes sense for doingour best to grow old gracefully.

 

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