Mid Life Crisis Chronicles I: Loving My Body

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Number 1:

The older people on this beach were enjoying life on their own terms. They were happy, and full of life. No one was posing taking selfies. They were well aware they weren’t young, and the reveled in the fact they had grown beyond the childish, superficial things society teaches us to pursue. The “beautiful people” (I like to call them) were sharing snacks, laughing, listening to music and enjoying their day. They were enjoying the moment. Maybe it was a moment they had paid their dues for. Maybe they were wealthy. Maybe they just knew where the fountain of life was. No matter what it was, they knew how to live.

Number 2:

It was apparent that close to 80 percent of the older people out on the beach on that day did not care about personal appearances. You can tell many of the women there were not ever swimsuit models. While dressed nicely, their bodies looked JUST LIKE MINES. They had signs of stretch marks, flabby arms. I saw back fat, and varicose veins. I saw big legs and small legs, pooches and beer guts. I saw big boobs and small boobs. There were pretty women, and average women. Thin women and plus sized sisters like me. I saw gray hair and dyed hair. They wore two pieces and 1 piece. I saw some fit and trim grandmas, and I saw some grandmas living their best lives eating and drinking whatever they wanted. All colors, all shapes, all sizes were on that beach. I saw real life. I saw friendships that had matured and that had learned the true meaning of life.

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My simple advice:

Don’t compare youthfulness and getting old. They are not the same, not even close. Appreciate your youth, but value the wisdom that came from getting old.

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