Living Your Best Life At Any Age {A Nice Way Of Saying…I’m Getting Old…Now What Do I Do?}

getting oldWriting this post about “getting old” has been quite interesting. I’ve gone through a whole RANGE of emotions about it and found myself right back where I started.

At first when I was invited by BlogHer and Pfizer to write a blog post on how I feel about “getting old” I was slightly horrified. Me? Old? Did someone know something *I* didn’t know? I don’t FEEL old!

Of course I’m intelligent enough to realize that on the human continuum…I am definitely tilting more in the direction of “old” than “young”. If only slightly. ;-)  Still, to have someone actually ask you to write about how you feel about getting old pretty much seals the deal….I’m getting old. :-(

Well, if I’m OLD, I might as well write about it! Even if I’m not HAPPY about it. I begrudgingly went and visited GetOld.com, the website that Pfizer has launched where members of the public are encouraged to share their thoughts and experiences about getting older. First impression? Cool website. Neat interface. Creative idea!

Then I started reading the stories…and I read…and I read…and I read some more. I literally had to pull myself away and refocus myself on the task at hand…writing this post. The vignettes that people had posted were captivating! I absolutely loved reading what people had to share about “getting old”. Some much younger than me, some much older, but each with a compelling story and a strong opinion. And all of them REAL.

People talked about being scared, happy, angry, grateful, worried, ecstatic, etc. The list goes on and on because there are hundreds of different people with different stories, but now, thanks to Pfizer and the “Get Old” initiative, they all realize they are not alone. I was especially enamored with a pair of sisters, Kelly and Sally, that call themselves the Midlife Gals and were featured several places on the website. How great are they??? :-)

 

I love that they don’t take themselves too seriously (something I am guilty of!) and just live life and have fun…because age really IS just a number after all. I also found the website Divine Caroline through my browsing, which in turn led me an article by Kathy Porter called Six “Secrets” For Living Your Best Life At Any Age!

My favorite was #6.

Embrace wherever you are however old you are! Remember when you were twelve, you couldn’t wait to be thirteen? Or, when you were fifteen, you ached to be just one year older? How did you feel when you turned eighteen or twenty-one? All too soon, you’re staring thirty in the bathroom mirror or coming up on the early side of forty. Fifty. Fifty-five? Almost sixty? Maybe you’re walking with your sixty-five year old self or you’re just the other side of seventy. Maybe eighty’s looking pretty good right now. Each age has its own milestones. Grab hold of every one. Never look so far ahead that you forget to pay attention to exactly where you are right now.

So as I stated at the beginning of this post, I am right back where I started. Only WISER. :-) I still don’t FEEL old, but I’m not in denial either. I am throwing open my arms and wrapping them tightly around who I am right now…today. Regardless of the number on my driver’s license. :-)

embracing life

 

OK…enough philosophical stuff…..let’s get to the GOOD stuff! How would you like to win one of three $500 gift certificates for SpaFinder.com!?!? Silly question I know. Well, here’s how you can enter to win one!

Click here to visit the Pfizer website GetOld.com then leave a comment below stating which of the four categories listed there you would fall under. And please feel free to share any thoughts you have on the whole “getting old” idea. I would LOVE to hear what YOU have to say on the subject. :-)

Please note the winners will be selected from a pool of entries from participating bloggers.

For your convenience, here are highlights from the Official Rules for the Sweepstakes. Please note by submitting an entry you are agreeing to the full Official Rules, available here.

No duplicate comments.

Please do not mention or imply any pharmaceutical products in your posts. Posts that mention or imply a pharmaceutical product will be subject to removal.

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt at the bottom of this post.*
b) Read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.
*Note: if you want to comment but either (i) are not eligible or (ii) do not want to enter the giveaway, please include something similar to the following statement in your comment: I do not wish to enter the sweepstakes.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Medical professionals who are licensed (or are otherwise authorized) to prescribe medications are not eligible to enter. While BlogHer encourages you to share your thoughts and experiences about getting older, comments discussing medical conditions and/or medical products are not permitted, may be deleted, and are invalid entries. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.

This sweepstakes runs from 7/30 to 8/31.

Be sure to check out the BlogHer.com Get Old page to find out more about the Get Old platform and read how other bloggers feel about aging!

– Contest Closed – 



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Comments

  1. says

    I feel “uneasy” because I don’t know what to expect next (although: who does?). Last time I checked, I was 18. Where did 62 come from? It has, in fact, taken two years for me to get comfortable with the “6” number. I was okay with “5” and below, but “6” can no longer be considered **anything** but “older.” I am increasingly concerned with making the most of what I have left, whatever that might be.

    Thanks for pointing us to the contest!

  2. Rick says

    I’d also fit under the “I feel optimistic” category. I’m bordering 38, but actually do not feel old at all. Every waking day is a gift in my eyes.

    With all the negativity, tragedy and sadness that we hear on the news, etc…I still feel that there are amazing people out there. Bad things happen! It’s a part of life. Sometimes….we just need to stop, take a deep breath, look around, and be thankful :)

  3. Colleen says

    As my Gram said to me once, “Getting old ain’t for sissies!” This was while undergoing some physical difficulties related to aging and having to readjust her life in some big ways. It caused me to really look at the aging process and consider how true that statement is. So, that puts me somewhat in the ‘uneasy’ category as I near the “50% off” mark (that’s what my 8 year old son innocently declared I will be when I turn 50 ;-). Will I be tough enough to handle it all? I also feel cautiously optimistic as well, as every day I age brings me a little more insight and wisdom. There are definitely positive aspects to getting older, but I can say with certainty, it’s NOT the sagging skin.

  4. Amanda L says

    I am absolutely optimistic, even if I have a few wrinkles around the eyes, and other places.

    I want to enjoy my family every day, and stop worrying about makeup, hair, and age.

  5. Tami L says

    I feel uneasy. Who am I? My kids are getting older and I feel like I am still young and fun. (Of course the teenager is thoroughly embarrased by any of my attention grabbing antics!) But uneasy is the only way to describe it. There have been several times in my life where I was content with who and where I was, so I am sure that this too shall pass…just need to continue getting older for that time to come!

  6. says

    I am most definitely in the “I feel optimistic” category!

    I have had such an appreciation for the older generation all my life.
    Everyday I experience something new that awakens that inner,”wiser” person in me and it feels good.
    I embrace and look forward to the coming experiences in my life; so that someday a young child can see me as that elder person, full of wisdom, that I appreciated so much when I was young too :)

  7. Terri says

    Jillee, you are not only getting old (with the rest of us), you are getting better! You are the best thing that has happened to me lately as I have stumbled upon your site and learned so much. Thank you for working hard, blooming and “becoming”…day by day. Showers of blessings!

  8. says

    I picked optimistic. I choose that because every day I make a conscious choice to be optimistic. I just turned 50 in July. To celebrate instead of being sad about it, I employed the help of my family and friends and did 50 acts of kindess to celebrate all that I have been through to get to this point in my life. I have so much to be thankful for in my life. I have learned so many lessons in these past 50 years. They have made me who I am today and I am still growing into who I am. So yes, I am optimistic that I have many blessings and lessons awaiting me!

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