B: Best Part

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This year as the A to Z Blog Challenge celebrates its 10th anniversary, and I’m working on my book (and attitude) about Embracing 60, I’m sharing some A – Z posts about ageing – some of them humorous, some of them serious.

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The best part of the art of living is to know how to grow old gracefully.

Eric Hoffer

Growing old gracefully – some days this concept seems to be a difficult one to master. I fear that this challenge is one of the ‘one day at a time’ ones for me. It’s reassuring to realize that today is all I have to worry about. How do I handle myself with this issue today?

When I wonder how I’m doing with this issue, all I do is look around and compare. I see how others are handling growing old. Are they grumbling about the aches and pains and bemoaning the not so pleasant effects of a life that’s getting older? Do they remain cheerful and optimist, moving forward with enthusiasm while embracing each new day they are given?

This seems a little contrary to most common advice about not comparing yourself to others. But in this instance, it works. It’s not that I’m comparing myself to other people to see where I’m lacking. I’m using others as measurements to see where I want to be. For the Negative Nellies, I don’t want to be in their camp, so I compare where I am myself and move away from that attitude and existence. When I see those older than me that are filled with zest for life and are living vital lives, I set that yardstick in the sand and move towards what I want my life to be.

Growing old gracefully – that is my ambition. And I will reach that goal, even though some days I may have to consciously aim in that direction.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susan Scott
    Apr 02, 2019 @ 10:52:22

    I’m sure you’ll do that with grace and ease Trisha! I also like to note how those who are in the orbit of aging, are doing and being – and give thanks for so far being in reasonable health, body mind and soul – 🙂

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  2. Cindy McCabe
    Apr 02, 2019 @ 12:51:19

    You will grow old gracefully, because you live gracefully. Now me, on the other hand… WOE IS ME!

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  3. Atherton
    Apr 02, 2019 @ 17:20:09

    Hey Trisha! Returning your visit 🙂 And this seems like very good advice, and a very important distinction: don’t compare yourself to others; use other people as models, negative and positive, for how you yourself might handle aging.

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  4. John Holton
    Apr 02, 2019 @ 18:17:20

    Growing old gracefully is something I don’t seem to be good at…

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  5. leannelc
    Apr 03, 2019 @ 02:48:53

    I think growing old gracefully is an excellent aim Trisha – nobody wants to be a Light Sucking, joyless old woman. Being gracious and sharing a smile are the antidotes to negativity and bitterness.

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    • trishafaye
      Apr 03, 2019 @ 04:34:35

      I love those thoughts. I’ve met far too many people that fall into the first category. I don’t wish to become one of them.
      Thanks for stopping by.

      Reply

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