Aging Is Not Lost Youth
“Aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” ~ Betty Friedan
As women, we often waste a lot of time lamenting the fact that we’re no longer young. We miss having men notice us when we walk in a room or down the street; in fact, we often start feeling invisible. Yet the mature decades offer us opportunities we never had when we were younger. We’re smart, educated, experienced, healthy, and connected to the world by technology. Possibilities are endless if we just focus on the present instead of the past. Aren’t you a lot smarter now, anyway? Would you really want to be 30 again? Most of us say, “Yes, but only if I could know what I know now!” Well, that’s not possible.
So let’s live in the present, focus on what’s available, assess our talents, strengths and skills, and then use them in ways that are meaningful and gratifying. We’ve nurtured other people for years, helping them develop their capabilities. Now, it’s our turn to do that for ourselves.