There is a wisdom that can be obtained by aging that cannot be found any other way. When I speak of aging, I use the word “old” quite freely. OLD is just as beautiful a word as YOUNG. An old face is just as beautiful as a young face. Facial lines tell awesome stories of the journey. Why would someone want these lines erased?
When was in my twenties, I facilitated a support group for older women. I held these values about aging being a positive experience. Several of my colleagues were pushing forty. They had negative attitudes about getting old. They said to me, “Just wait til it happens to you..you will see.” They were so wrong. Decades later, I continue to celebrate aging. I encourage everyone, young and old, to celebrate aging.
As my career evolved, I presented many workshops about aging. Agism is a growing topic. Why? It sells products. Agist ads tout that if someone wears goop on their face, they will look young. People are told that they should inject their skin to remove their beautiful story lines. The anti aging products and procedures are expensive. Ongoing brainwashing by the media has caused people to want these creams and needles.
As an old person, I see it as my responsibility to model and point out the joys of getting older. I frequently tell young adults not to buy the propaganda they hear about aging. I hope they will spread this information. The wisdom that can be achieved by aging cannot be achieved in another way. We cannot google it. When I think of the insight and wisdom that I have acquired each decade, I can only imagine the insights that await. I find it energizing to know that there is so much left for me to learn.
Did you know that in some Native American nations, a person is not considered an adult until age 51? It is considered normal to be indecisive as the individual travels around the medicine wheel. People under age 51 are described as not knowing enough to give advice. After 51, we become wisdom keepers. As wisdom keepers, it becomes our responsibility to pass along what we know.