I figured out what growing up really is, at least for me.
(I had a hard time calling it aging)
“I think I am aging, but I’m enjoying the process.” Sharon Stone
It’s loving the feeling of being comfortable with who you are.
It’s loving the liberation of living a more intentional life.
“With aging, you earn the right to be loyal to yourself.” Frances McDormand
That certainty then translates to changes in how I live my life.
I say no to things more easily because I don’t want to spend my time doing things that don’t interest me.
I relax and be myself because I don’t want to have to please people so they will like me.
I respect my body, so I do things that make it feel strong and fit. I eat food that nourishes it because I want it to carry me for a long long time.
I choose more gentle forms of exercise Yoga, cycling, water skiing, gardening, walking. I don’t want to exercise until I feel like I am going to barf or pass out.
I make time for my family and my friends, and I look at the beauty in nature because I don’t want to miss a minute of the richness of life.
I send a lot of texts just to say hi, I clear my calendar when my kids are home, and I randomly send emails to people I haven’t seen in a long time because I want people to know I care about them.
I eat healthy food, I exercise, and I meditate because I want to feel good. I take care of myself.
I reject most common beliefs about aging and health because I don’t want to self fulfill a prophesy.
We’re all growing up all the time.
In the end, we have to be okay with that.
Go ahead and choose to enjoy its perks!
As always, I wish you all the best!
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Originally published at medium.com