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How to be OK with getting old

For some reason the human race really fears getting old. But, if we live long enough, it is inevitable! I think we just need to have a better attitude about becoming senior citizens.

When I dare to think about the “far-off” future I imagine myself as either a super nice older person or a really crass older person, usually I see myself as a mix but more often than not I’ve got a dash more of the latter. In my mind, that is one of the perks of old age. Inhibitions are just thrown out the window!

Old people are practically invincible in that sense. They get to say whatever they want and it can all be written off as, “Oh, they’re just old!“. Sure, this could be both an advantage and disadvantage, but when little Timmy down the street is bothering old-me I’ve already decided that I’m going to tell him off! If someone doesn’t hold the door for someone, they’re going to get a verbal smack from dear old me. It’s going to be great.

There are a lot of great perks to being old!

(besides being able to shout whatever sentiments you want at the world around you)

Vodka Martini, anyone?

When you’re old you can be super classy, like this swanky-looking martini, if you choose to be. I’ll drink to that.

A lot of things don’t really matter anymore, like silly immature materialistic types of things. It doesn’t really matter what you wear or look like. At a certain point, no one is going to care. Those velour jacket/pant get-ups? You best believe I”m bringing that sexiness back. I don’t even wear make-up that much now, but at a certain age people start looking absolutely hideous with all that shit caked on them. In a weird way, when you’re old it’s an opportunity to finally just be yourself (or be an outrageously horrible person, like I hope to b!). Once you reach old age (which I’m not sure what will be classified as “old” in the future with modern medicine and whatnot) you’ve already experienced a lot and figured out who you are and who you’re not (I hope).

The way society seems to work, with retirement and 401 Ks and all that nonsense, old age kind of becomes one big party. It may not be as crazy as the notorious movie “The Hangover” (although it might be, if I have my way) but so many older people have the luxury and freedom to travel the world or at the very least chillax in Florida a few months out of the year. That doesn’t sound so bad, does it?

All the things you’ve been dying to do, you now have the time to do whatever crazy things you want to do before you die! The Golden Years mean golden opportunities! Sky-dive to your heart’s content or do whatever inane thing you’ve always wanted to do!

Plus, if you decide not to be a mean old person, you might have an opportunity to enlighten youths with your wisdom. That’s pretty neat when you think about it. Or, you could just live off somewhere and write for the rest of your life (ah, that would be the life!!).

Whatever kind of old person you hopefully become, I do hope you don’t spend your life worrying about the pitfalls of becoming older. There are enough problems in the world, and this one cannot be solved no matter how much money or time you have. If your lifespan grants you the opportunity, you will become old.

It’s better to focus on checking off things on the ole’ bucket list than worrying about the slow wind-up kick that comes before kicking the bucket.

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ABOUT AF: speaker, yoga instructor, writer, editor, reiki teacher, intuitive, musician, artist Alexandra Foran: Alexandra is an enthusiastic yoga instructor who enjoys sharing the gift of yoga and meditation with people of all ages. She is flexible and accommodating to all as she leads a practice from the heart. Extending warmth and love to all is a blessing for her. Yoga has personally helped her to heal and grow in profound ways. Yoga helps create balance and harmony; as someone who is highly intuitive, empathic, and a sensitive being she used to often be ill and regularly overextend herself -- she now seeks the peace that yoga can bring to her practice and life. As a poet, writer, musician and artist she infuses different aspects of the creative arts into her classes to create a higher vibration. During particular segments of her classes she uses guided imagery and live music. Alex plays upright bass, electric bass guitar, electric upright bass, violin, guitar, drums, rainmakers, baby harps, singing bowls, crystal bowls, recorders, and didgeridoo. Alexandra is a certified yoga instructor and a certified Reiki Master.


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