We’ve all heard the term “growing old gracefully”, but what does it really mean? In search of an answer, my first stop was Google. The results varied widely, from “How To Stay Young” to articles about birds. The thing is, we are not supposed to stay young. What is it about our society that sees aging as a negative thing? As we age, yes, we lose things, but we also gain things. Why doesn’t this get mentioned more often? Sure, we’ll change as we get older, but that’s normal and inevitable. We’re going to grow old whether we like it or not. What is “old”, anyway? Our perception of age changes as we do.
But what if I don’t want to grow old gracefully? What if I don’t take things so seriously and have a little fun? Maybe it’s time to rethink aging. Maybe we should be thinking more like these guys: