The Beauty of Positive Aging

Positive aging is my reality. Plato wrote: Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, a reflection of how the world views us. Over the centuries, there have been remarkably different thoughts on what makes a woman beautiful or a man handsome. Even today, there is no true consensus. In one part of the world, certain physical attributes are valued that would be viewed as unattractive in another. For many Americans, however, there seems to be one essential characteristic that defines beauty more so today than ever before: youth. For sure there are countries that view older people as sexy and desirable. But too often, aging in America is regarded more as a disease to be cured than as the natural and beautiful progression of life. After turning 50 a few years ago, I came to understand what it truly means to be beautiful. It isn’t about having fewer wrinkles, less gray hair, or the bodies we had in college. It’s about embracing our age, celebrating who we are now, and becoming fearless about the future. I put myself on a life-changing path of self-love and care that allowed me to become as fit and healthy as possible, giving me the strength and stamina to do all the things I want—and need—to do in life. My new approach to positive aging made me feel stronger and more beautiful than ever. Here’s a simple sentence that has become my personal mantra:

       We can’t control getting older . . . but . . . we can control how we do it.

It’s all about taking control of your life and being responsible for the health and well-being of your body, mind and spirit as you age by doing simple things like moving your body, eating well, and staying engaged with the world. This is the essence of positive living . . . and beautiful aging. No doubt Plato would agree.

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