5 Reasons to Love Getting Older

Getting Older is a Privilege!

If you’re like most people, your perspective on getting older has probably changed over time. When you were in your teens, you likely couldn’t wait for each birthday, since age meant perks like driving a car and getting a later curfew. But as you get into your 30s, 40s and beyond, you might feel the years are flying by too quickly. You may even start to miss those carefree teenage days—or at least, your youthful teenage body.

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But getting older doesn’t have to be such a negative thing. Even those “inevitable” changes of physical aging can be put off for a while with things like exercise, eating right and maybe even a little cosmetic assistance. And when you look at research data, the positives of getting older can far outweigh the negatives.

Really, when it comes to aging, it’s all about our state of mind. Getting older is inevitable, so own it! Here are five reasons why you should embrace aging, rather than dread it.

1. You’ll Have a More Positive Outlook
Studies have shown that as we grow older, we tend to have a more positive outlook on life in general. Perhaps it’s because we have already gone through some stuff in life and fought our most important battles. We’ve learned not to sweat the small stuff because it’s a waste of energy. Being able to see the bigger picture is a gift that only comes with age, so celebrate it.

2. You Call the Shots
One of the joys of getting older is that you’ll feel more confident and empowered to make your own choices, such as when you go to sleep and what you choose to eat and when, as well as how often you visit your family and where you choose to travel. Plus, you can say just about anything you want. As we get older we become masters of our own universes. That’s a pretty powerful feeling.

3. You Get Great Discounts
The older you get the more perks you get. If you’re in your late 50s or 60s, you know what an AARP membership can do! And who cares if you eat dinner at 4:30 in the afternoon? Taking advantage of the early bird specials means no cooking, no cleaning and no crowds—win, win and win. But even if you’re still a ways away from senior citizenship, you’ll still be offered perks as the years pass, such as discounts for being a good driver or the ability to take out loans for having good credit, just because you’ve proven your responsibility over time.

4. Your Confidence Grows
As we grow from our 20s to 30s, 30s to 40s and so on, our confidence grows a little stronger with each passing decade. Things we once saw as important, like what others may have thought about us, just don’t seem to matter as much anymore. Also, with age we continue to grow into who we are as individuals. We are constantly building our “take-me-as-I-am” muscle as we exude confidence and show it to the world. This makes us more attractive to others, too. Having a strong sense of self is probably the number one thing that draws people to you—in relationships, in your career and in every aspect of life.

5. Your Sex Life Flourishes
Speaking of confidence, getting older doesn’t necessarily translate into having less or less-pleasing sex. In fact, one of the positives of getting older is that we enjoy being intimate even more, perhaps, in part, due to that growing confidence. It’s also a known fact that women hit their sexual prime later in life, and certainly both sexes can benefit from years of learned sexual wisdom, making older lovers more adept at pleasing their partners.

10 thoughts on “5 Reasons to Love Getting Older

  1. mary abia

    am getting older and looking beautiful and aging gracefully,with plenty of fruits,vegetables ,water and good sleep i look radiant everyday,you can try this eating styles and you will see great difference in your body.

  2. Seren ext. 5445Seren, Ext 5445

    Fantastic article, LJ!! I could not agree more, though I would also add that, as we get older, we tend to have more resources (both financially and time-wise) available to us so we can indulge in some of the passions that we had to put off when we were younger. Just think about how many older citizens take up painting, or learning a new language, or take cultural enrichment courses.

    Brightest Blessings,
    Seren, Ext 5445

  3. Joyce Eileen Collins

    Getting older is not so bad I am single and have a great sex life. It’s better than when I was in my thirty s and fortys.

  4. Dena Lynn

    Good article. I’m 55, and fully alive, sexual, confident, powerful. HowEVER … it’s not “late 50’s/60’s” when the whole AARP thing happens… it’s when you turn 50 … which means, prepare thineself for receiving your AARP membership card in the mail when you’re still 49.

  5. LJ

    Dear Tom “Pop”:
    I like the idea of taking your inner child out to play – wish I had thought to add it, but thankful that you did. And I’m glad too that I could remind you about a couple of things you may have temporarily forgotten. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your lovely comment.

  6. Tom

    Getting older is inevitable, so own it! — I like that so add
    Growing up is optional—So take the inner child out to play as often as you can.
    Really good article I’ve been positive about growing older, and this article pointed out a couple of things i’ve been forgetting. Thanks for reminding me.


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