When I was a young girl, I couldn't wait until I was a grown up. I wanted to have a nice job, wanted to be taken seriously, and to live my dream life. We are reinforced as children when we ask each other the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?". I thought that being an adult would be the best feeling in the world. I impatiently waited for each birthday to pass until I was old enough to fly the coop. I look back now, and laugh at all the times I would have wanted to be this old, and wanted to grow up so quick.
My birthday was yesterday. At precisely 2:58pm I turned one year shy of a quarter of a century. It's ironic that now I wish I hadn't grown up so fast. Where has time gone? I feel like time has flown by and I'm at an age where I should've done much more with my life by now. Naturally, as a psychology major, I hit the books, determined to find out what this insecure feeling was. I needed to get rid of this raincloud, especially on my birthday.
So, in an article I found in the NY Times, it says that:
As we age, those of us who have a positive outlook on aging live longer than those of us with negative outlooks on aging.
You can read the article for yourself! I found a similar article here from Psychology Today. The research that back up these articles is enlightening.
But overall, the themes that tie these two articles together are 1) that getting older is what you make it, and 2) a more positive outlook on getting old will make you literally live longer (by roughly 7.5 years, actually).
After reading these articles I reflected on how I should be thinking about getting older. Maybe it's just the annual reminder of my age that makes me think of the time passing and all the things I still want to accomplish in life. But regardless, it is important to start looking at getting older as a more of a happy marking of the passing of time. A reminder of how mortal we are, and how inestimable our lives are. One year older, one year wiser... and in my case one more year of getting more fabulous!
I am glad that I stumbled upon this information while I am still young! It sounds all so common sensical, but really, it takes a small feeling and a little research to be reminded of how fortunate we are in this life.
Life is fleeting, and time becomes more precious as each second passes.
I have learned to love everything about it! Where I am right now is right where I need to be. I still have goals, and I still strive to be the best I can, but I am enjoying it. And I look to the future with an open, eager mind.