AGING GRACEFULLY

Tree in springtime

Seasons of Beauty

[Aside to viewers] This article paints aging as beautiful, but my choice of a title to this would be: “Rationalizing the Indignities of Old Age.”

We tend to associate youth with beauty, but the truth is that beauty transcends every age. Just as a deciduous tree is stunning in all its stages-from its full leafy green in the summer to its naked skeleton during winter and everything in between-human beings are beautiful throughout their life spans.

When the time comes for us to let go of the creations of our middle lives, we are like a tree in autumn dropping leaves, as we release our past attachments and preparing for a new phase of growth. The children move on, and careers shift or end. The lines on our faces, the stretch marks, and the grey hairs are beautiful testaments to the fullness of our experience.

In the winter of our lives, we become stripped down to our essence like a tree. We may become more radiant than ever at this stage, because our inner light shines brighter through our eyes as time passes. Beauty at this age comes from the very core of our being, our essence. This essence is a reminder that there is nothing to fear in growing older, and that there is a kind of beauty that comes only after one has spent many years on earth.

My editorial comment: If you believe all of the foregoing article, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d Like to sell you. I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather be 28 than 82.

Source: The Daily OM at DailyOM – Aging Gracefully


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