Age is just a number. How many times have we been told that? What about forty is the new twenty? Or sixty is the new thirty?
I understand no one wants to look old. I don’t either. Too much emphasis is put on age and looks. Too many products are offered to help people look younger. I want to look the best I can for the age I am.
Age is addressed in my Waiting for Dusk series. When you time travel, it makes you think about it. One of my characters is found again in the present. By then, she’s one hundred years old and still feisty! The main character is happy to have her friend in her life, regardless her age. She doesn’t see her as old, just a friend. Age is just a number to her.
I think there needs to be a new outlook on age. Acceptance. I admit I have to think twice how old I am at times. Sometimes I absent-mindlessly take a few years off or when I get it right, I want to say “Really?” But I’d never want to take decades off my age. I want to feel good right where I’m at.
Once you accept that, you realize you can do things, regardless of age. Don’t let it get in your way. Don’t say I’m too young or I have all the time in the world. Resist thinking you’re too old or should’ve done that years ago. There’s an old saying, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.” It’s a good motto.
Forget the number. Forget trying to act older or be younger. Accept that today is a good day to get started on whatever you’d like to be…or do…or try. Go for it. Remember, age is just a number.