Aging gracefully – What it means to us

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Generally growing old gracefully is accepting your limitations and not fighting growing old.

“Aging gracefully” has often been a word used to describe people especially women who choose to grow older without undergoing any aesthetic procedures to help them maintain their looks. This perspective, however, feels a bit outdated. There was a time when plastic surgery was a taboo subject, but today, it has gained wide acceptance.

Is aging gracefully a female term?  Do men aged gracefully too?

Personally I would say “aging gracefully” applies to both genders.

“Aging gracefully” means keeping your attitude young and exploring new options.  There are so many new things to learn and do. Learning is a continuous process irregardless of age.  It would be a shame to stick with the old ways  and not accept change.  We do not want to be labelled as the “old stick-in-the-mud.”

“Aging gracefully” means a slow decline or evidence of aging, at a slow pace.  Showing wrinkles and feeling aches and pains at a minimum.   We can either face that it takes a little longer to do some things then before or just sit and waste away and make ourselves and every one else around us miserable.  Some days are just hard and we have to deal and gracefully bow out of things when that happens.  We do not have to stop enjoying life even if we slow down some.  Age is just a number.

“Aging gracefully” is being able to laugh at yourself and to have the wisdom to deal with life as it comes.  The trick of growing gracefully is to wear a smile on your face, hiding all your pains and aches.  Smiling relaxes the facial muscles and reduces wrinkles.

Some people behave old and act old even when they are not while some oldies are jollies. When I was twenty, I thought those in their fifties are oldies.  When I was forty, I thought those in their sixties are oldies and now that I reached the magical fifty, oldies to me are those in their eighties.  I wonder when I turn eighty, would I feel like an old old oldie?

At this stage, I certainly do not act like a fifty jolly oldie.  Do you act your age?

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– Cosmetic Surgery anyone?  For vanity or profession ?
– Credit to contributors of what aging gracefully means on Yahoo Answers