Aging Gracefully

“I expect to pass through life but once.  If, therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again.”  
William Penn
This weekend our family helped celebrate the 90th birthday of my husband’s great aunt, Orene.
She literally had over 200 people in attendance at her bday party – very popular!  This woman defies what anyone would think of what 90 looks AND acts like.
She still drives herself around to where ever she needs to go and is always impeccably dressed and put together. She is present at all family functions and is one of the most giving and generous human beings I’ve ever met.  But above anything else, she has the ENERGY of my 5 year old, seriously!!
 My 5 year old, Jack, and 1 year old, Vivian, at the party.
It was really amazing to see my kids (and their single digit ages) alongside the guest of honor and her impressive double digits of 90.  Her energy level was just as enthusiastic as theirs!
Orene stood in one place for over an hour while family members and friends stood in line to get a chance to talk to her!  She was a celebrity in her own right.  Luckily she posed for a picture with me and my husband.
 I wish I knew Orene’s “secret” to looking and feeling this great at 90.  She is such a great example of why age isn’t anything but a number!!

If I had to guess though, as to how Orene has become the 90 year old that she is today, my guess would be that aging gracefully is mostly due to being such a kind spirit to those around her, and that kindness shines through in how she treats people, and that keeps her appearing ageless. 

I’ve also heard that the trick to aging gracefully, is to ENJOY the aging process!  Sounds simple enough right?

Not always so, especially women who are typically harder on themselves about their aging faces and bodies than men.  I’m one of those who is guilty of this and so hard on myself about the wrinkles popping up and slowing metabolism!!  In the years I’ve known Orene since marrying into Scott’s family, I honestly can’t remember a time when Orene has “complained” about getting older.

So maybe there’s a lesson here – we should all just enjoy the ride of each day that we wake up and let that joy shine through in our faces and quit hanging onto the negative aspects of aging.  Put a twinkle in your wrinkles!!

“Aging is an extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been.” David Bowie.

What do you think is the secret is to aging gracefully?  Is it lotions and potions, or more about taking care of the insides and what you put in your body in terms of eating right and exercising?  What have you learned from your elders?