Monday, November 7, 2011

Aging Gracefully

In less than a month, I will be celebrating a monumental birthday of sorts. I will be turning 40! If you're in your forties already, you probably feel like it's no big deal. If you're in your twenties, then you might think I'm ancient. At least that's what I thought when I was in my twenties. 

I no longer considerer people in their 40s old. I think you're as old as you feel. A perfect example of this is Ms. Lovely. (That's my made up name for her because she's just that, lovely.) 
Ms. Lovely is 89, turning 90 in February. Doesn't she look fabulous?! She actually looks even more beautiful in real life because, as she puts it, "you're seeing the whole package"! She's mother of 3, grandmother of 4, and great-grandmother of 2.

When we were talking, I asked her why she thinks she's aged so beautifully. I hung on to every word she said like if she was about to tell me the meaning of life or something. Really, I think she just has that kind of appeal. She attributes it to attitude towards life, always dressing nice, staying active, taking vitamins, and keeping up with her health check-ups. 

When she says "staying active", she doesn't just mean working out. Up until about 10 years ago, volunteerism was a big part of Ms. Lovely's life. She worked for veterans hospitals, Red Cross, MS, Civic Music, and HADASSAH, just to name a few.

As I sat and listed to her, my thought was - "I want to be like her when I grow up." But after a bit, it was clear in my mind that I want to be more like her NOW!

I've started doing a lot more volunteer work at the boys' school and swim team. I went to doctors appointments to get check head to toe. I am trying to do better about exercising.... Ok, just a little about the exercise.... Fine, I've worked out maybe a handful of times. Hey, work with me here. Rome was not built in a day.

One thing Ms. Lovely said did stick with me and it's my constant motivator. "I feel very fortunate and I am very happy for my kids that they have a mother." Amen to that!!   
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COTTAG3 said...

Happy early birthday. I loved turning 40 and the 40s have been great. Ms. Lovely is amazing.

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

I love Ms. Lovely!! She is beautiful and an amazing woman!

Happy Birthday to you! I am 49 and LOVE this stage of life!

Lesley said...

I couldn't WAIT to turn 40 my entire life. I noticed when I was a teen that a certain respect was given to woman who were over the age of 29 and better yet, 40. I want that. It was important to me. I am 47, I think I am aging the best possible. (I think that heredity has a lot to do with it.) I focus on always presenting myself nicely, without focusing on what is aging. We can't stop that...

My biggest piece of advice DRINK PLENTY OF WATER!!!! It's simple and it makes a difference!

Congrats on 40. It only gets better!

Teachinfourth said...

Happy Day of arriving into the world. I love that you want to be more than you are...I try to do that, too.

I'm glad we're friends.

We've even talked on the phone.

One day, we'll meet in real life.

We'll one day drink Dr. Pepper together at the ocean and laugh.

It's good for you...

;)

Renee @ where the grass is greener said...

What an inspiration...she is so pretty, too. 40 isn't bad; 50 feels a little old, but when you still have an 11 year old, you just go with it! I think he, more than anyone, keeps me young. And, yes, stay active in your kid's life...I probably have volunteered more hours at the elementary school than I can count and loved every minute (well, not every minute) of it! You get your opportunities in high school, too. I try to get involved in the sports teams.

michelle said...

She is beautiful! You can see her love of life come through her eyes. Girl those boys will keep you young for a long time and you no way look 40, you are beautiful my freind. That is great that you started volunteering, I bet they love it when you are there.
Besides, 40 is the new 20 right? :)
When is your bday? Mine is the 23rd.
Have a great day.
xoxo

Kelli @ RTSM said...

She really is such a lovely lady! I need to take better care of myself..and you are so right Rome was not built in a day!

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

She's so pretty! Great advice, too. I joined a service club earlier this year, and I haven't been as involved as I could have been. I'll do better! Like you said, Rome wasn't built in a day.

When I turned 40, my sister in law told me the three things you can't skimp on anymore are water, sleep and exercise. She was right!

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Becky said...

She is inspirational & beautiful.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Ms. Lovely is indeed lovely. She is truly beautiful and I love her attitude about life. I just turned 72, so I think you are just a kid. It is funny how age is just so irrelevant. It's like Ms. Lovely said, it's how you feel and how you act. Enjoy, I am sure you are truly lovely too. Hugs, Marty