With the passing of another birthday (Yesterday, March 5) came another day of long reflection of where I am with my life and what I am doing. I have heard from many people that I am doing great so far and I have also had older family members tell me they are proud of me but honestly, that's not enough for me. I am truly my biggest critic and I am not satisfied with myself at all. Each year I promise to start on the path to doing better and each year I fail myself. I think that having my son is probably the push I needed to stay determined. I am motivated. It's one thing if I go hungry or can't buy new clothes but it's a whole 'nother game for that to happen to him under my watch. Now this determination is not a yearly plan - it's daily.
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The author, Margaret Manning, stated:
Truthfully, it surprised me that these 30-year-old women were so anxious about getting older. The more I thought about it, the more I wished that I'd had older women in my life when I was 30. If I had, I might have developed a more balanced perspective on aging much earlier.1. Remember you only have one life -- this is not a dress rehearsal
2. Try to stay positive and look for the good in every life experience
3. Keep an eye on the here and now
4. Live each day fully because you don't what's around the corner
5. Remember that life can change in an instant
6. Love all the stages of your life and fear none, because they are all magical
7. Learn to live in the moment. If you master this when you are young, it will help in your 60s
8. Life's too short to be worrying about something that will happen in the future -- live for today
9. Get outdoors and enjoy nature!
10. Find a hobby or a profession that will take you through all your different stages
11. Be yourself. Age with grace
12. Focus on positive aging instead of anti-aging
13. Accept the changes in your body and mind as you get older
14. Always be true to yourself... it's a long learning process but it pays off
15. Make memories but always keep a soft landing place
16. Virginia Wolff was right -- a woman needs a room of her own and $500
17. Forget about society's stereotypes about aging
18. Don't worry about getting older, worry about being boring
19. Age is only a number -- it does not define who you are
20. Age will happen whether you're afraid of it or not, so get living!
This list contains a total 60 lines of advice and is worth reading. Check out 60 Things Older Women Want Younger Women To Know to read the entire list.
Then apply it!
My favorite: 2. Try to stay positive and look for the good in every life experience