If you say this to me, I might smile and reply, “This is what 46 looks like.”
Likewise, many people say… “but I don’t feel my age.” To them I note, that’s what your age feels like.
They might follow that up with… “I wonder what 50, or even 75, is going to feel like?”
It’s going to feel like right now.
The practice of accepting my age helps me accept all phases of life…
- The overtired toddler
- The anxious teen
- The sociopathic 20-something
- The fearful cancer patient
- The crabby elder
- The grieving spouse
If we are fortunate to live a long life then we will move through most these phases of experience. At midlife, they surround me.
If we happen to be “young for our age” then it might take a few more years for us to arrive at the phase where we “look old.” But it’s coming.
So I will try to enjoy this day and I will try to accept whatever day you are going through.
And when I am scared, or angry, or tired…
I’ll pause, try not to pass it on and remember to live as best I can.