Wednesday, September 7, 2011

How to Age Gracefully

I just had my 43rd birthday and can't really complain since I feel pretty good for my age, but I'm still kind of bothered by a couple things. When I look in the mirror, my mind is in denial and doesn't want to accept the reality that things have changed. When I see recent photographs of myself, I am forced to realize that my hair line is receding and I am getting older and heavier.

I recently noticed what appear to be age spots on my skin.What's up with that? I'm slowly getting more gray hair, less hair, and the most alarming redistribution. I started to make old guy noises several years ago. I noticed that I sometimes make grunting noises while doing simple tasks like picking things up off the floor. I am not excited about getting old. I try to take good care of myself. I play basketball regularly with college students half my age. They refer to me as "the old guy". I also try to stay young by being immature and childish whenever I can get away with it.

Some people seem to age gracefully or even defy the aging process. A few names that come to mind are Ellen Barkin, Helen Mirren, Sophia Loren, and Racquel Welch (see photo to the right). I think she is over 70 years old now. I don't know if it's healthy living, lots of money, genetics, or just a good plastic surgeon, but some people don't seem to age as quickly as others.

Why did I label this post "how to age gracefully"? Probably just to get people to read it. I'm sorry I have no idea how to stop time, but I did find some quotes about aging on the Internet that I liked.

A man is not old as long as he is seeking something.  ~Jean Rostand

Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.  ~Mark Twain

Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years.  We grow old by deserting our ideals.  Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.  ~Samuel Ullman

Youth is when you're allowed to stay up late on New Year's Eve.  Middle age is when you're forced to.  ~Bill Vaughn

You can't turn back the clock.  But you can wind it up again.  ~Bonnie Prudden

Regular naps prevent old age, especially if you take them while driving.  ~Author Unknown


Lisa said...

you have to be young and foolish before you can be old and wise.

hair redistribution, too funny.

Crystal Pistol said...

Hey, great post! Aging super sucks for sure. I'm not making old man noises yet. Thank goodness.

Love the quotes. Especially the one about napping. Maybe I'll try it one of these times.

mCat said...

Just last night, Splenda and I were having this discussion. Where did the last 20 years go and how did we suddenly start looking so old?

Kinda sucks

Kristina P. said...

This all happened to me within the last year. But I'm a decade younger. Sob.

Cheeseboy said...

Well, if it makes you feel any better, I never thought Matt Damon would ever age, but he looks really old in his latest movie.

And I think I left you happy facebook birthday, which we all know, facebook birthday wishes are always heartfelt and sincere.

W.C.Camp said...

Well fortunately I don't have to look at me so most of it is somebody else's problem!! I agree with the youthful attitude though no matter what your chronological age - that will keep you young ACTING, even if you need a cane to get around! Nice post! W.C.C.

Dr Zibbs said...

I've been getting gray but still no balding. Phew!

Middle-aged Mormon Man said...

Old guy noises! Hopefully the only old man noise I make when I pick something up is a grunt.

Great post. But a little too true...