On getting older

A few days ago, I saw a Facebook post by a 15 year old girl complaining about how old she is now. I’m 23 and I’m turning 24 this July. At first, it really hit me. Here’s a girl almost a decade younger than I am complaining that she is old. How dare she? But after some thought, I realized: what is the big deal about getting older? Why do we keep letting an inevitable part of life bring us down?

Someone told me that she understood why Peter Pan wanted to be a kid forever. I used to agree with that sentiment as well but now I don’t. Sure, being an adult involves a lot of responsibilities but being an adult also opens us up to more experiences. I guess sometimes we’re just scared because we feel that time is running out. But hiding behind the denial of our inescapable increase in age would just result in a greater waste of the already limited time we have in this world. So, instead of complaining that we are getting older and wishing that we could be kids forever, we should embrace our aging selves.

I want to live every day with the full acceptance of the knowledge that I am indeed getting older. I want to constantly remind myself that right now, while I am getting older, I am not old. One day, I will be old; but when that day comes, I want to remember that I spent my days doing what I had dreamed to do instead of just dreaming of what I could have done.

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One thought on “On getting older

  1. I think a lot of us (at one point or another) place too much emphasis on the physical impacts of getting old: being less energetic, looking less young (I guess there’s no other way to put it – haha!), having illnesses and so forth. I believe these are reasonable “concerns” because they are true! On the other hand, it is not only the material facet that undergoes gradual change as we age. With the accumulation of experience, knowledge, and simply by existing for a longer time period, we become wiser and most of the time better versions of our past selves. We get to transcend our old selves and change as we please; and this requires time and done in the ‘present’. The present time is special like that: it is what is happening at the moment (a result of actions done in the past), it becomes the ‘past’ afterwards, and we use what we learned from it (and from the different pasts) to form our future. So getting old isn’t such a bad thing after all. A very nice read, Sarah! 🙂

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