Today I’m joining up with a group of fabulous bloggers who are all fifty years old and older. I’m not going to lie, but truth be told, I’m in the well-over fifty years of age group, and more like the well-over sixty years of age group and beyond! I just celebrated a milestone birthday less than two weeks ago and it’s the only one that I was not looking forward to; but then again, it’s better than the alternative.
The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly and lie about your age. – Lucille Ball
So this is me about 6 years ago having fun trying on ultra expensive hats ($180 for this one) in Florida! I was with my best friend, Kelly, having lots of fun as we always do when we play together. Two years ago I was in a similar blog hop about aging where I shared this same cartoon as shown above. It is so me! Just ask Mr. Cottage and he’ll agree. My mind never seems to shut off. I think that’s one reason I’ve hung around in the blogging world for over six year. I started the blog because of my artwork, but over time it’s evolved into more than I could ever imagine. Unfortunately, the above is getting to be truer and truer for both of us. I love to decorate and DIY projects, so they’ll continue; but I am hoping to start painting more like I used to do. This statement is so darn true for me. Do you think that say too?
If you think time is going too fast for you now, just wait until you get older. Trust me, the older you are, the faster time will fly by for you. So I’ve come up with 15 reasons why you should just accept the aging process and go with it.
15 Reasons To Embrace Aging
- Senior discounts – There are hundreds of discounts for seniors, everything from food, shopping at various stores on certain days of the week, travel and entertainment. Some of these start as early as 50 years of age. All you need to do is ask.
- Age brings wisdom and wisdom brings confidence.
- Retirement – Mr. Cottage and I were fortunate to retire at an earlier age. That’s how we were able to spend 7-8 winters in Florida. With retirement comes a sense of freedom from being tied down to your job, but you have to make sure you’re financially ready because you’ll be living only on Social Security (if you’re old enough) and/or your pension/investments.
- Get to see your kids and grandkids grow up – You can actually sit back and enjoy watching your kids handle their children now and enjoy your grandchildren, knowing you’ve been there once and now it’s your kids turn to raise theirs.
- Time for yourself, do what you want – Nows the time to get with your bucket list: travel, paint, volunteer, golf, fish, learn to dance, play an instrument. For myself, I love to paint with watercolor and acrylics, as well as blogging. Mr. Cottage has taken up to playing his guitar a lot more these days, as well as many other activities and volunteering.
- You stop caring what others think. It’s such freedom to do and say as you please, without worrying about being criticized for it.
- The fashion police will be off your back.
- Dress for comfort – I’ll be honest, I can’t wear high heels anymore. The highest I can wear is 2 inches, and many times I find myself wearing flats because they’re more comfortable.
- It’s OK to not keep up with technology – From my standpoint, it just keeps evolving so fast. I’m the computer guru in our house, but not in our family. If I don’t understand something, I ask the kids; but there’s technology out there I could care less about and that’s just fine.
- Older people are less likely to be fueled by emotion and more likely to make well-informed decisions. If anyone’s facing a tough decision, just ask your parents or an older person. They’re more thoughtful about decisions.
- Don’t have to keep up with the Jones – of course, Mr. Cottage and I never did. But I do like to keep up with decorating to a degree so you won’t think you’re walking back into 1980 when you enter our house.
- You learn what’s really important – like your health, family, financial security, etc.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff – Ask yourself this question, Will this matter a year from now?
- It’s inevitable – so just go with it.
- Never regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.
This photo was just taken the end of August, 2017 on our 49th anniversary. Seriously, the only thing I really ponder about these days is whether to let my hair go a-la-natural or to keep coloring it. Making decisions about the house and decorating is much easier for me. Please check out all the Fantastic Fifties listed below.
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