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No matter where you look these days, everyone is in a rush. Toddlers own iPads and can manage them better than adults. Tweens are being mistaken for young adults due to the mastery of contouring. No one seems to have that ‘ugly’ stage of life anymore – the one with the bright blue eyeshadow and badly applied red slash of lipstick. Everyone is moving at such a fast pace and it seems like only the newest models and the latest gadgets are what matters. It’s no wonder that so many young people today fear aging. Having to let go of youth and move into a part of life that may be slightly slower can be frightening for someone who has always moved quickly.

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The thing is, you’re a person, not a smartphone. You’re not going to upgrade every few years in the same way that the latest technology is. I mean, sure, you can look into dermal fillers and Botox your way to the smoother skin, but it doesn’t change your actual age. Instead of trying to be a smartphone and stay as current as possible, you have to look at yourself like a fine wine: only getting better as you age.

Culture tells us that we have to associate aging with a decline in beauty. Most beauty products on the market are aimed towards younger women and teenagers. There’s a small market for older women – mainly in the way of anti-aging creams and potions. Even in the movie world, once an actress gets past a certain age, she is pushed toward two roles: mother or witch.

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Aging isn’t just about decline – well, it is for a sandwich. But you are a person, not a sandwich, and your age doesn’t make you worthless. It doesn’t make you less beautiful. Aging can be about expansion rather than decline and half the battle is changing your mindset. Choosing to look at your future as something to be excited about rather than something to dread because of your birthdate is the key to facing those aging fears. So, you should consider these four ways to embrace your age:

 

Positivity.

It’s not just a quote on the internet. A positive attitude is everything when it comes to your own wellbeing. You are whatever you want to be, whatever you think you are when it comes to your age. If you believe yourself to be decaying, dying and shriveling up, you’re going to reflect that in your attitude to your life. It’s very easy to spiral into a depression over your age, it’s exactly why the term ‘midlife crisis’ was coined.

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You go from feeling invincible and youthful to realizing that actually, half your life has already passed. Panic sets in and you have no idea how to get through it. A positive attitude to your age and your life can really make a huge difference to the way that you carry yourself. Accepting your age, adapting yourself positively to that and moving forward through the ups and downs of life is so important. Make a list of the things you have achieved in your life so far and learn to be grateful for your health and the years that you have already lived. Then make a list detailing what you’d like to achieve next and aim for them. Be positive.

Connect.

When you move from teenager to adult, you find yourself becoming more mature. The friendships that were once so important just don’t seem so anymore and that’s not because you have done something wrong or different, it’s just that getting older means that you change and mature. Making more friends isn’t always easy as time goes on; connecting with like-minded people is hard, but making that effort can mean you forge meaningful relationships as a grown up, rather than a child who grew and changed. Human connections are important, and it doesn’t matter how old you are, you need people.

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Self-Care.

It doesn’t matter whether you are 18 or 80, you need to think about maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Aging doesn’t mean allowing your body to become haggard and succumb to heart disease. Having a healthy diet that includes lots of fruit and vegetables also keeps your skin looking youthful, as well as your body toned and healthy. Looking after yourself physically also gives you that chance to hold off the problems that aging can bring, such as high cholesterol and osteoporosis. Take care of yourself physically and your mental health will follow. Feeling energised is a big part of feeling young, even if your age doesn’t reflect that.

Reflect.

Look at your life. Just because you are an adultier adult than you were a few years ago doesn’t mean you should stop laughing and start taking things too seriously. Aging is about your attitude, and ‘getting old’ doesn’t mean you have to on the inside. It isn’t something to fear or endure. You don’t hit 30 and have to run out and buy night cream and anti-wrinkle cream. You can embrace your age and keep yourself healthy and confident without feeling fearful of what’s to come. There’s nothing better than getting to an age where you have more life experience, firm friends and children who are growing up and knowing you still have your own fun ahead of you.

Getting older doesn’t have to be something to fear and taking care of yourself doesn’t have to be put by the wayside just because you are aging. It’s nice to imagine being 21 forever, but to be able to live to an old age is one of the privileges of life that not everyone is afforded. Instead of worrying, feel good and grateful that you get to be alive. If life isn’t what you want it to be yet, step up and change it and don’t let your age hold you back. You have a life to live – live it happy and confident, not afraid and cautious. Time is just a human concept.

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