Why I’m Thankful That I’m Old

Tomorrow is American Thanksgiving. I love this holiday because it’s an opportunity to spend time with family. To be truthful though, I hate this holiday because we ought not be celebrating. Instead, I think we should be taking the opportunity discuss how we can be better at showing fairness and respect to people who are in the minority in our country.

Thanksgiving does inspire us to practice gratitude and thanks. I like that part of the holiday. Here’s what I’m thankful for:

I’m thankful that I’m old.

That’s right. I’m thankful that I don’t have to worry about monthly cycles or what everyone else thinks of me. I’m thankful that I no longer sweat the small stuff, and I know that most things are small. (That was my Dad’s advice when I got married. Smart man.)

I’m thankful I know that my ultimate happiness comes from connection to my friends, family and those of you I serve…and not from completing projects on time or making more money.

Life can suck, and I’m thankful I have the perspective to accept that gracefully. I know it will pass, and that joy and peace will be waiting around the corner.

I’m thankful that I finally allowed myself to admit that the love of a man was something I needed in my life, and that I figured out how to bring that into my life, and keep making it better.

And I’m amazingly thankful that you allow me into your life and into your heart…and trust me to be your guide and partner in your journey to love.

Here is a wonderful quote that I love about aging:
Age does not protect you from love. But love, to some extent, protects you from age.
– Jeanne Moreau

How about you? Are you thankful to be old? (If ‘old-er’ works better for you, please feel free to replace.) If you’re not feeling the gratitude like I am, I thought I’d give you are a few places you can go to get some inspiration and information.

This website is gorgeous. It celebrates stylish older women. (And check out his documentary!)
Here, my dear friend Eileen celebrates women over 50 and better. 
A great UK site that celebrates smart, wonderful, mature women.
11 Positive Things About Aging
Some great tips on how to enjoy life after 50.
19 Reasons Getting Older is the Best Thing Can Happen to You. (Very fun!)

I hope you celebrate our magnificence with me!

I’d love to hear what you have to add to my list. How is life better for you now that you’re in the second part of your life? What do you NOT miss about being 20? Let us know!

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