Celebrating yet another birthday recently gave me cause to ponder aging. Some of us fight it tooth and nail, others surrender. How do you face getting older?
Kristy Hykes: "Ah, aging. I find that I appreciate my mother more with every passing year, and her comments about getting older now mean something to me.
"I think you need to stay active, keep fit, eat well, buy new jeans every year (the styles do change), know what is happening in both pop culture (movies, music, television) and world affairs, have a good laugh every day and find a good group of friends in your life-stage to commiserate with and share the journey.
"And, yes, it is hard when your face starts to change and you look older, more tired but hopefully wiser."
Brandi Carlile puts it really well in her song "The Story":
All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I've been
And how I got to where I am
Patty Espinoza: "I am going through the 'transition,' and hanging with a group of women that encourage and remind me of the powerful "me" is better than Prozac. I appreciate my girlfriends. I often want to call my therapist for a pill just to take the edge off. I will be 50 next year, March 17, and I feel excited, lucky and blessed to have made it this far. My young son of 12 is going through puberty, and I'm going though menopause. imagine that ! We are 'The Crazies.' I laugh at myself sometimes 'cuz I'm starting to look like my mother. However, I make a very strong effort not to act like her (story for another time).
"I can't say I have embraced aging yet. But, I am aware of its coming."
Ursula Schoeneich: "I had a son later in life. He keeps us young. We joined the Scouts together. From hiking to biking, camping, whitewater rafting, climbing … we do the whole package. I don't have the time to think about getting older. Forget the age … enjoy every day with your family. Be thankful and grateful. I'm 53 and enjoying life."