Observing young - or younger - people makes me realize how liberating getting older is. There are so many "rules" when you're younger. You worry about what everyone thinks. You worry about fashion. You are careful about what you say and how you say it. It's so important how you look to the world.
I find as I get older that those things are unimportant. These days it's more about what I think and feel. I'm all about comfort as far as my clothing goes. I wear what I feel good in. I don't really care if it's the latest style. I wear shoes that are comfortable and healthy for my feet: Birkenstock, Earth Shoes, flats, sneakers. I think for myself, even if those thoughts are not the most popular. Back in 1998 for example, I started taking Reiki classes. At that time, not a lot of people were aware of Reiki and it made them uncomfortable to talk about it. But I wasn't afraid to broach the subject. Don't misunderstand, I try not to be rude and I certainly try not to impose my thoughts and ideas on others. But, I'm not afraid to discuss unpopular or uncomfortable subjects. I even encourage it. I find that most people are uncomfortable simply because they don't understand. When you take the time to gently discuss things, the discomfort usually disappears. It doesn't matter if people agree or disagree with me. It's just not all that important.
Certainly there can be problems with the aging process. You start slowing down a little. Some things that used to come easy are maybe a little harder. But the BIG payoff is the liberation. I feel freer and lighter mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I wouldn't trade the knowledge and wisdom I've acquired for anything. Each stage of life has its own adventures. And I feel like the REAL fun is just beginning.