Things I Like About Getting Older

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There are plenty of reasons to gripe about getting older and I do plenty of that. However, the other day it suddenly came to me that there were actually some things I liked about being older. As I thought about it, I realized that youth was not that easy. The young have plenty to gripe about too, and we all did that. Here are some of the things I have come to love about being "more mature", a phrase I like to use about old age!

I'm a year away from the big 60 and I sometimes can't believe I'm this age! How did that happen, I ask myself! How did 59 years go by so fast? Well, they did, but as I sit drinking tea and watching my cats play, I have time to reflect on the past. That's what us more mature people do.

WHO CARES?

When I was younger, I cared about everything. What people thought of me, what they were saying about me, how I looked, was I cool enough, did that cute new guy like me and on and on. Whew! What a lot of wasted energy. As I've gotten older, I realized I don't care anymore about a lot of trivial things. The best moment came a few years ago. I met a friend's Aunt and had the feeling she just didn't like me. I couldn't figure out why because I was being friendly and nice. But the greatest part was when I realized...I just didn't care. If she didn't like me, she didn't like me. No big deal! I do my best and if someone has a negative reaction to me, I can easily blow it off now. I could never have done that when I was younger.

I LOOK FINE!

Now don't get me wrong, I still care about how I look. I still have enough pride, and maybe just a touch of vanity, to want people to think I'm attractive. I'm very pale and look much different without makeup. When I was young, I would have rather walked on broken glass than have someone see me without my makeup. Now, plenty of people have seen me without my makeup on. I still wear it when I go out of the house, but at home, not so much. I decided I look fine. Maybe not as good as with makeup, but ok. I even discovered that I look better with less makeup than with a ton. As you age, less is more and believe me, that's fine with me. It takes me much less time to get made up than it used to and that's great. More time for more important things.

PATIENCE!

One of the best things is having more patience. I have finally learned to just let things ride for awhile. I used to have to do everything right now or I couldn't relax. Well, let me tell you, most things can wait a few days. I also learned the value of letting things sit with me, like decisions I have to make. If I think about them for a few days, instead of making an instant choice, I usually end up with a better decision. This doesn't mean that I don't still react instantly when needed. I haven't turned into a total procrastinator, I've just learned to be patient and the answer will come more easily, more naturally.

ENJOY LIFE!

I enjoy things in my life more. I appreciate a good cup of coffee or a cozy talk with a friend. The little things mean more. When your young, it seems your always looking for the next big excitement in life. Now I'm content with the small pleasures. I don't want a lot of drama anymore. I think instead of searching for happiness, you begin to want contentment more. It's longer lasting than happiness.

These are just a few things I enjoy about getting older, or being "more mature." Sure, there are still days when I wish I could magically erase my wrinkles, but they are not that often. I have learned some incredible things in 59 years and am just starting to realize that. I can do many things now that I couldn't have done in my youth, like write this article. To all of my "more mature" friends...enjoy your years!



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JCielo profile image

JCielo 4 years ago from England

I'm with you on this. I'm much more relaxed about things nowadays than when I was younger. Voted up and interesting.


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FoodieSupreme 4 years ago from New York

Old is a state of mind. If you think young you will look and feel young.


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South Author

Thanks JCielo. It's a nice feeling to not fret so much over the little stuff! Thanks for reading and voting!


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South Author

FoodieSupreme, that's true. Unfortunately, some days my state of mind feels 90...haha!


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Injured lamb 4 years ago

Much agree with you catgypsy, a thought provoking hub actually...I like this, "less is more", "who cares"...well done catgypsy, appreciate your sharing much...be blessed...


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South Author

Thanks Injured Lamb for reading and commenting. I'm glad you enjoyed it!


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iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

I'm with you on that. No more "youthful" troubles. I'm now more at peace with myself, and secure. :)


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SommerDalton 4 years ago

So true! This is a great hub! Voted up and more:)


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South Author

iguidenetwork, I have found that finding peace in your life is so important. It's great, isn't it? Thanks for reading!


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South Author

Thanks SommerDalton for reading and voting! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Thanks! I needed that! Many votes!


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South Author

Glad you enjoyed it Victoria!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Wednesday night/9-26/9:10 p.m.

Dearest Catgypsy . . .Wow, what a great hub this is. You nailed it with all of your ideas, thoughts and feelings (that hit me) about being older. Voted UP and all the way. Superb job. LOVED IT.

Have a terrific day and keep up the great work.

Your friend in northwest Alabama

KENNETH


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South Author

Thanks Kenneth! I kind of figured you could relate to this one.

Stay happy, my friend!


Kenneth Avery 4 years ago

"cat," you are much-welcome. I "did" relate and enjoyed every syllable of this, and all of your hubs. You are a fantastic writer as well as being a fantastic friend.

God bless you richly.


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South Author

Awwww....thanks Kenneth! Same to you :)


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Robert Erich 4 years ago from California

This is an awesome article! There are certainly many great things about getting older. I am glad that you've shared them here. I guess I have nothing to worry about now! ;)


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South Author

Haha, Robert! Seriously, enjoy your younger years, but just know that getting older is not always that bad! Thanks for reading!


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Catgypsy

I am enjoying the mature years of my life more so than when I was younger. Age is a state of mind. Yes, we are all getting older but that doesn't mean we have to get old.

Voted up and away

Take care :)


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South Author

That's so true! I don't feel I've gotten old so much as I've matured in my thinking and actions. You just naturally change as you get older and that's a good thing...life gets easier in a lot of ways!

Thanks for reading and voting!


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dghbrh 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

yeah for sure I am tooo with you. It sthe experiences we gain with age and the maturity which i really enjoy a lot. The restlessness of the younger years is subsiding of course for better. A very nice hub...enjoyed completely.....all votes upward and passing it for sure.


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South Author

Thanks so much dghbrh. I think restlessness is a great way to put it! I can be content to be alone and read a book with a good cup of coffee now and that's a great feeling. In fact, I have no desire to be "on the go" all the time, which is much more relaxing. Thanks for reading and voting.


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dghbrh 4 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

Its my pleasure always...yeah life is much more peaceful and content. Thanks for sharing this one. You write very well.


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South Author

Thank you dghbrh.


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SallyTX 4 years ago from Only In Texas!

You hit the nail on the head with this! I wouldn't be a teenager again for love or money! Being over 50 is much less stressful! ;D


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South Author

I'm so glad you feel that way! :D


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newusedcarssacram 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A

While reading your hub I realize that it is not you who is writing this hub but it’s your experience of life that is talking. I feel you have seen many ups and down in your life. And one thing for you "Life means Patience"...your hub is awesome and heart touching.

Big thanks to you for sharing this wonderful hub...Voted Up dear!

Byee... :)


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South Author

newusedcarssacram, thanks so much for the wonderful comment.


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Bravo! I love this hub!!!!

I share your beliefs and feelings about aging. I, like you used to worry about EVERYTHING but with age comes importance...the importance of where things need to be placed on your list of important things. And what other people think is no longer one of them.

Although I am not fond of ALL the wrinkles, I love my laugh lines around my eyes. I think it adds character and would never change this part of me. I find it an attractive feature in others as well.

Now - my breasts - they are another story left for another time, another place on another planet!!! LOL

So glad to have found you. Your dear friend Ken Avery wrote such a wonderful Hub about you that I could not resist checking out your profile page. I am so glad I did. This hub made my aging day!

Voting up and sharing.


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South Author

shinigirisheyes, thank you so much! I've always noticed you on Kenneth's comments because I love the name! I'm gad you enjoyed the hub and that you checked me out.

I agree with you about the laugh wrinkles and about the breasts...haha! I couldn't say I liked everything about getting older :(

Thanks so much for reading and commenting! And voting and sharing!


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joytruthlove 4 years ago

great hub....I like how you point out there is nothing to fear about growing old...not only does one have a different view about what's important, but one has knowledge and experience so you don't continue to make the same choices and focus on things insignificant.... i am currently heading into my late 30's, but whenever I think about age, I like to say, I am 36 years wise, instead of 36 years old.... wise has such a positive meaning and one can easily focus on the blessings life has at any age :) voted up!


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

I loved this, Catgypsy. Well done. Voted up and shared.


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South Author

joytruthlove, that's a really nice way to put it...36 years wise, I really like that! Thanks for reading and voting up, I'm glad you enjoyed my hub.


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South Author

TToombso8, thanks for the comment and voting and sharing!


Casimiro 4 years ago

Great hub catgypsy! I think I enjoy most about being "mature" being able to not react to everything and having perspective on what is and what isn't important. The unfortunate thing is that all this "wisdom" is just about impossible to transfer to the young'uns in our lives. They have to learn all this stuff all over again for themselves.


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South Author

Thanks Casimiro, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Oh yes, you definitely will not gain any of this "wisdom" until you are older. We all have to go through being young and foolish first...haha.


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

What a refreshing article catgypsy. I too feel that getting older has some benefits. I guess that's why they say older and wiser. The miles we put on in this journey, help us to figure out better ways of living. I have let go of the small things and put my energy into what matters. NO MORE DRAMA for me either. Isn't it great to be so mature. LOL


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South Author

Hahaha...yes, it's great to be so mature! Thanks for commenting Minnetonka!


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btrbell 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Thank you for putting it in perspective. Sometimes we focus on the wrong things! You are right, there are some great things about getting more mature! Thank you for a great hub!


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South Author

Thanks for reading btrbell! I guess I'm determined to see the positive side of getting older and accept it...trying anyway!


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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Wonderful hub and it rings bells with me in many ways.

When young, I was very aware and bothered about what people thought of me, what I looked like, if I was dumb etc.... Today, I'm 50 and I don't give a hoot what people think. One of main things I would also fret about when younger was - do people like me? Again, I don't give a dam! I often wish that we could take our new found freedom of spirit back to our younger days so that we could enjoy them more and focus on the important things in life, not as you rightly say, on the trivial stuff! But that's not possible, but I enjoy this new found freedom to focus on what I enjoy and not whether or not other people will approve.

I loved this hub! Voted up + shared!


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South Author

Seeker7, I've often thought the same thing...the old "if I could go back, but know what I know now" deal! It is a very freeing feeling to not give a dam! Thanks so much for reading and commenting! And voting and sharing!

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