7 Surprising Joys of Getting Older

7 Surprising Joys of Getting Older

I love this topic. I have come to realize this is the youngest I will ever be here on earth. My 40th birthday was just a few months ago and I have to tell you, I was thrilled about turning 40. It felt like a milestone to me; it truthfully reminded me of the Promise Land. I have wandered around in the wilderness most of my life. As I turned 40, I felt like some giants were about to be conquered. Giants like insecurity, self-hatred and people pleasing.

When I was 37 I was about to move from Atlanta, GA to Los Angeles, CA. In the weeks leading up to the move I had this “crises of self.” I started to think I was horribly ugly and needed to figure out a better way. Yes, a better way to look. I frantically searched for the next face cream, a new hairstyle and dialed up a make-up artist friend of mine to ask her for help. I hated the way I looked.

Flipping through pictures as I packed for the cross-country move, I came across one of my 27-year-old self. I thought “gosh I use to think I was so ugly back then, but I was pretty.” Suddenly another thought came rushing in “37 is the youngest I am ever going to be on this earth and I bet when I turn 47 I will look back at my 37-year-old self and think, “gosh I use to think I was so ugly back then, but I was pretty.” There seemed to be a theme happening and a lesson to be learned.

So ladies, let’s embrace this thing called age. There are so many joys of getting older, here are just a few of my favorites.

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1. You stop caring what other people think of you.

Lord, have mercy! Finally, we learn why in Proverbs 29:25 it tells us “fear of man will prove to be a snare.” Fearing what other people think of us is such a waste of time. I recently heard a hilarious anecdote that went something like this “in our 20’s and 30’s we are so concerned with what everyone thinks about us, in our 40’s and 50’s we start not to care what people think about us and in our 60’s and 70’s we realize no one was ever thinking about us, they were all too busy thinking about themselves.” 

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