All of us over-50 bloggers are on the positive aging wagon – I am too. Many things in life are better, easier, and more fun with a little wisdom and experience, and usually a few more dollars. We’re not dead yet.
So if you want to keep those positive aging vibes going, stop reading now! JK, but I am in a not-so-positive aging funk. Here’s why:
Yesterday I went through my memory box, in preparation for moving to a new apartment (two blocks away – but on the second floor). I sorted through hundreds of photos from all the chapters and people in my life. Being young isn’t easy but all the possibilities are ahead of you then.
Career, marriage/s, travel, moving around the country or the world, taking risks and looking gorgeous without knowing it. Effortless skin and healthy hair, on five hours of sleep a night. The thrill of waiting for the phone to ring, or dialing it ourselves to hear a young man say “hullo?”I remember a short and simple “beauty routine.” I now exercise every day and allow an afternoon a week for maintenance.
I admit I had a little cry, for what was and will not be again. There’s no mistaking the passage of time, when you look at a picture of your 28 year-old self and then in the mirror. I remind myself that in ten years I will look at current pictures and say, “Whoa, I was such a babe at 61.”
And the people I’ve loved who’ve left – so many of them appear in the old pictures. Grandma Lucy and my Dad – seen here dancing at my parents’ wedding. Brother-in-law Randy, father-in-law Butch. It’s enough to make you long to travel back in time and show more love.
This sounds like a melancholy post from an upbeat blogger, and it is. Sometimes we need to get sad to get more authentic, closer to the bone of who we are and what life holds. I am less sad now, just having shared these thoughts with you. And I am determined to suck the juice out of every day, enjoy the sandwiches, keep up my yoga stretches, and hunt for the Perfect Red Lipstick. Aging is not for sissies, so power on, my lovelies.
And to keep the cheer alive, here are some lovely picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale:
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