Step 4: Act your age and accept getting old gracefully

Learn to accept that you will grow old, its inevitable, age gracefully.

Denial won't work
-lose the toupee or comb over, don't buy that sporty new midlife crisis car, don't dump your spouse for someone half your age, or try to squeeze into clothing meant for teenagers, you will only look foolish.

Quit obsessing about it, the more self conscious you become about getting older, the more other people will notice.

And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.
Abraham Lincoln

right. I use it
Kudos! People should not be afraid to age. We should age gracefully and accept the changes that come with it. Thank you for posting.
Well THIS came about 25 years too late for me LOL
Haha well.. It's never too late. If you start a better diet you will immediately notice differences.
I have actually, and although the changes are small, I am losing a bit of weight, and feeling a little better, but the pains from the heart surgery, and the numbness and the arthritis will probably pretty much remain :-)
Well thought-out and good advice (-though growing old gracefully isn't for everyone- some think it's more fun to grow old DISgracefully ;p ) One of the benefits of getting older is not worrying so much what others think of you so, I say: if it doesn't hurt anyone else, go for it!<br><br>That being said, my Mum is over 90, lives alone, full life with lots of friends and interests, still drives (though not in busy traffic at night, she realises her limitations); she has been walking, doing dance and Tai Chi for years so has great balance and good strong bones. She realises she's responsible for her own health and happiness, so she refuses to be a burden to society, and still does volunteer work. She's lucky with her health but also takes care of it. She's going to go on Facebook, too, when she gets time.... exhausts me just thinking about it!<br><br>Thanks for a thoughtful and constructive Instructable:)
Thanks. Your mum is awesome.
Yes, I hope I'm 1/4 as good when I get to her age.<br><br>I like all your quotes. There's one that goes something like &quot;old age has its disadvantages but it sure beats the alternative!&quot; ... don't know where it's from.
Not everyone gets to grow old
Sadly, yes.
Good advice, no matter how old or young you are. I would like to add a few more things to your list: Get enough sleep/rest, Express and show your love to others-you will both be better for it. Make each day count. We do not know how many days we/they have left. And to those under 30 or so- Don't rush or waste your youth- Middle age comes at you fast!
Excellent advice there buddy:) just out of curiosity 'how old are you' by the way?
I'm 37, but I do have aging parents that have inspired me to write this.
Are you sure your name isn't Dennis?
No, really its chrys!
Very nicely done! I hope you inspire lots of people to view growing older in a new, more positive light. My motto is: "Don't give yourself permission to be old!"

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