I'm going to add some of my own truths to Elizabeth Berg's wonderful essay, "The 3 Things Nobody Tells You About Aging," posted today on OWN's website.
1. No one told me that I would lose some of the stamina that I've always had. When I went back to work last year, I couldn't believe how tired I was at the end of the day~ both physically and mentally. Exercise helps, as do vitamins, but the bottom line is I just don't have those unlimited reserves of energy I relied on in my 30's and early 40's.
2. No one told me how much my stomach would rebel. My tummy just doesn't handle spicy, overly heavy meals anymore without going on strike.
3. No one told me how freeing it is to be to no longer be obsessed with proving my worth all of the time. My wisdom, and my ability to build bridges between ideas and people has served me well.
4. No one told me that I would become more self reliant and bolder. I thought growing older would make me more cautious and less inclined to take chances, but I am finding the reverse is true. I want to try new things, take more risks, challenge myself, put myself out there more than I ever have in the past.
5. No one told me that aging isn't about growing old, but it is more about letting go of the dreams that aren't going to be realized, and embracing different dreams, challenges and ideas.
I'm sure if I sat here long enough I would think of more, but for now this is it. Do you have one or more to share?
Causes Annette Talbert Supports
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, RIF (Reading is Fundamental),
Hands On Foundation, Dignity U Wear, Girls, Inc.