Are You Feeling Older and Wiser?

Wisdom can come with age, right? Absolutely – and on so many levels. From our health to our relationships, age can provide new insight to aspects that our teens, 20s, and 30s didn't show us. Below is a list of things that we can only learn with age.

Only Your Opinion Matters

While our youth is inflicted with opinions about everything single thing on our lives, age teaches us that only our opinion matters. So what if you want to dye your hair red? Who cares if you wear your Sunday best to Walmart on a Wednesday? If you feel up to it, and it makes you feel good, do it! Being happy is good for your health, so as long as it isn't dangerous, go for it!

People Grow with You – Or Fade Away

While you may think that you will have the same core friends forever, those with life experience know this isn't true. Most of us will get married, have children, and have huge life changes. You tend to associate yourself with like-minded people, so your single, childless party animal friends may find your new life too constricting. This isn't a bad thing, and you shouldn't fault them. Some people grow old together, and some people need a new crowd. It's just how life works.

Inside Matters

Who you are on the inside is more important than how you look on the outside. Those with age and wisdom know this is true, and those who are younger could learn a thing or two about this. For example, my great-grandmother started dating a man a few years ago, and her statement was, “Well, he's real nice”, which in her terms is “He's nothing to look at”. Nice matters, folks.

Calm Down

Just calm down already! Not everything in life is disastrous, unlike what some think. Those with life experience know to take the good with the bad, and that small problems are easily dealt with when you are calm and have a clear mindset.

Be Happy With What You Have

Stop playing “Keep Up with the Jones's”, because it doesn't matter in the long run. Be happy with what you have, regardless of how crappy you think it is, because matters could be a lot worse.

50 Isn't Old

We all have expectations of what 50 is, and as you creep closer to it, it isn't as bad as it seems. Age is only a number, and those who are 50 and older – or about to turn 50 – know this is true, and that the age of 50 isn't as terrifying as when you were a teenager.

Aging is a great thing. Not everyone is afforded the opportunity, and it can bring great things. One of those great things is wisdom, and only age and life experience can teach that.

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