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How to get old gracefully

  1. thirdmillenium profile image60
    thirdmilleniumposted 7 years ago

    A majority of people can't seem to accept the fact they are becoming old. Some try brazenly and some others subtly  to show themselves as younger than they really are.

    Some, unmindful of their acquiring wrinkles and things,  enjoy their life and let things take their course.  How do they do it?

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      china manposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Just do it - I have slipped past 60 unnoticed, my partner is 25 and the prettiest girl for miles around, and we are planning to get married and have just one kid.  Works for me.

      1. thirdmillenium profile image60
        thirdmilleniumposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        How lucky can you get!

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          china manposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          I believe in making my own luck - if you want something to happen it is best to get out where that kind of something is happening.  If I wanted to get unluckily run over by a truck I would go stand in the road, not sit in my house or go mountain climbing big_smile  If I want good stuff I go where the good stuff is - and if it is not happening then I must be wrong in my reasoning or belief and made a mistake - or that stuff is not so good maybe big_smile

      2. Joy56 profile image79
        Joy56posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        hey i am impressed you are 60 and your girlfriend so young.

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          china manposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Not as impressed as I am big_smile   You haven't seen me have you  big_smile

    2. 6hotfingers3 profile image61
      6hotfingers3posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      When you look in the mirror think how beautiful you are. Don't compare today with yesterday. You will never again  look like the young 21 year old who was just starting out in life. Tell yourself you look better each day.

    3. mistersilverio profile image52
      mistersilverioposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I think that aging physically depends on how well you take care of yourself, exercise and eat well. Mentally, now this is living life to the fullest and not getting hung up on the changes that are naturally going to happen....live life, be happy, and don't worry about how you look doing things...just LIVE!

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        marian martinposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        You are so right.  A good life and age does not depend on how young or old your mate or significant other is, it depends on YOU and how you feel and how you live.

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    DoorMattnomoreposted 7 years ago

    I dont think Im old, but I kow one day I will be. (Plenty of teens think Im old.) I decided after I turned 25, and cried for days becuase I thought it was sooo old.... half of fifty!!*gasp*
    that I would not loose another minute of now, fussing over the fact that I got older. I am the age I am, it can't be changed.  I was younger once, I will be older some day, but I am alive right now, and thats what matters. I dont want to miss any of the happy times being worried aobut wrinkles. I hope as long as I am healthy, I wont worry about the rest of it.

    1. thirdmillenium profile image60
      thirdmilleniumposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      What clear-cut answer! How encouraging to people who think they are becoming museum pieces. Thanks

    2. yalenova profile image60
      yalenovaposted 7 years agoin reply to this


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        DoorMattnomoreposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        smile thank you.

  3. akirchner profile image97
    akirchnerposted 7 years ago

    Growing old gracefully? From a 57-year-old urban musher? It's all in how you feel in my humble opinion.  If you believe you can't do something, then you shouldn't do it!  But if you feel good, and you believe you CAN do it - like being 60 and marrying a 25-year-old (??) - then go for it! You'll never know what you're missing unless you live life to its fullest...but all that said, I do believe in being semi-smart about it.  I don't believe though in being something you're not.  Having your body resculptured to me is absolute madness.  It also seems to me some folks have WAY too much money to spend on indulgences - as in trying to look younger than they are.  What's the problem?  We are supposed to age, not look like we are 21.  And if you are worried about yourself not having 6-pack abs or too much flab - do it the 'honest' way! Cut back on calories and exercise like the rest of us 'poor people'! In short, act your age, look your age, but don't forget how to LIVE while you're doing it!

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      china manposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      What is an urban musher ?

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    Precious Williamsposted 7 years ago

    What is old?  Not so long ago 65 was considered old.  My father is 87 has a brilliant brain, still cycles all over the place and would probably beat me in a debate (and I'm no slouch myself).  However, I know people in their forties who look and act like they have moved into retirement or want to dress and act like their teenage children. So much of age is a state of mind and attitude.

  5. prettydarkhorse profile image64
    prettydarkhorseposted 7 years ago

    getting old is just a number, leave all the past aches, just enjoy the time you are still here and most of all love and care

  6. Cagsil profile image60
    Cagsilposted 7 years ago

    How to get old gracefully?

    It's all in the mind-set of the individual. If age bothers them and has all their life, then they will not get old gracefully.

    If their age doesn't bother them and they always considered their age, as just another number, then gracefulness will be their reward when they do in fact get to a ripe old(old old) age.

  7. mega1 profile image78
    mega1posted 7 years ago

    I've found that in order to grow old gracefully one needs to have dance lessons and avoid mirrors.

  8. Me, Steve Walters profile image71
    Me, Steve Waltersposted 7 years ago

    Getting old just happens...if you've stayed busy...and done a few things over a period of time...then you quite naturally have a few years under your belt. It just happens! If you are fortunate...then you still have your health. For me...I know that I didn't even think like a grown-up...until way past 45 big_smile !

    But...that's just me...I'm goofy like that...and still young at heart!

  9. Flightkeeper profile image72
    Flightkeeperposted 7 years ago

    Well physically, there's nothing you can do about it, so take care of your body, eat well, and have a young mind by always being interested in something new and laugh a lot.  There's plenty to laugh at.

  10. Good Guy profile image86
    Good Guyposted 7 years ago

    I am just past 60.  According to Indian (India) culture, 60 is the threshhold for "spiritual" pursuit. 

    Realization is the key to me.  Realizing that we cannot go against nature.  There is birth, old age, sickness and death.  We are standing in the queue.  I may be nearer the end and can see more clearly.  Those still far away in the queue can enjoy themselves without a worry.  When you are past 60, to me, a day alive is a bonus.

    Life gets very simple for me after retiring.  I wear very simple clothes especially in tropical climate.  I don't wear any "ornament" not even a watch or a ring.  I live "light and easy" and keep myself busy on the internet.

    (LOL)  Hahahaha!!!!!!!!

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      china manposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      We are in the same kind of age range and situation but I intend to go on working until I can't get there any more, Probably will get married again in the next couple of years, and time for one more kid I think.

      The idea that being older means that we see more clearly can be an illusion - we just are more set and so things appear more clear. This is why I like to continue looking into those things I don't understand properly yet, and those things that nobody understands yet, and keep on working.

      Good luck to you in your retirement and may the peaceful life last a long time smile

      1. Good Guy profile image86
        Good Guyposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        "Retirement" doesn't mean doing nothing.  I am just not working commercially.  I am actually busier now than I was working. 

        Have to take full care of my granddaughter, gardening, housekeeping, keeping myself fit and healthy with qigong and DIY juices which require a bit of time preparing and washing up.

        And of course, the internet.

  11. Disturbia profile image59
    Disturbiaposted 7 years ago

    I don't mind aging, it sure beats the alternative.

    1. thirdmillenium profile image60
      thirdmilleniumposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Profound, aren't you?

  12. lorlie6 profile image83
    lorlie6posted 7 years ago

    I'm FAR more comfortable in my own skin these days. I'm 53.  I believe I loved my 40's the most, but so far the fifties ain't so bad. smile

  13. mega1 profile image78
    mega1posted 7 years ago

    I am still looking for my lost youth, though.  Has anyone seen it?  It was wild, wicked, wonderful and gorgeous - you can't miss it - please return it to me.

  14. mega1 profile image78
    mega1posted 7 years ago

    Look!  Look!  I'm 99 and I still look like a young kitten!

    oh, that's not age, its a score isn't it!  My bad . . . purrrrrr!