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I would never trade my amazing friends, my life, Or family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I’ve aged, I’ve become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I’ve become my own friend.. I don’t chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn’t need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70’s, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love … I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.
They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody’s beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect
I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.

So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don’t question myself anymore..

I’ve even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day(if I feel like it).


Comments on: "What I have learned from getting older" (16)

  1. Well, what can I say, Cherokee? AMEN!! 😀

  2. AlaskanWindsong said:

    Powerful and very meaningful words. “Grow old gracefully”?! Pish posh! Grow old the way YOU want to! Ty Cherokee for making it all so clear.

    • Alaska I always liked the way you put things. We can grow old any way we choose to. I look back at when I was in my twenties and all the drama that occurred for no real reason. I would not want to go back to that time In life. Let’s go out singing and dancing!
      Many blessings,
      Cherokee Billie

  3. Love it Girl! Me too…growing old has a lot of really good perks! Hugs ~

    • Thanks for visiting here Tommie and appreciate your comment. It’s a lot easier to be older in some ways and then the emotional turmoil of being younger.
      Many blessings,
      Cherokee Billie

  4. Hahahahahaha! I love this post, Cherokee Billie. I give a hardy “two thumbs up” to all of the above! 🙂 🙂

  5. So rich and blessed you are Cherokee, being able to say these wise words, they come from your heart I can feel the peace and deepness in it. I recognise a lot in this and hope to be as fortunate as you are. Because I think you are fortunate with this wisdom. You have absolutely earned everything. Such a great person you are!
    Oh, and where is that dancing party?
    Count me in please!

    • dear Ellen:
      the dancing party is Where ever you are! there’s no limitations to what you can do. We’re only limited by our fears. Let go Of fear and you are liberated. thanks for your kind words and comment.
      Many blessings,

  6. I really love this article. It really is upbeat , and gives the true meaning of getting older. Heck, with age you become wise, and you can party hardy while eating all those cakes and cookies. Who cares if someone else don’t like it. The older you get the more treats we really deserve:P Everyone should have some fun while getting older. Age is beauty.

    • dear Lisa:
      basically everyone should have fun no matter what age they are because as said in this little article you may not make it to the point where you have gray hair, so live each day fully and have a good time. You are always a beautiful woman.
      Many blessings,

  7. That’s the age of reason, of power!
    Beautifully felt, wisely written! LUVD it!
    Karina de Cillo

  8. That was a great article! I LOVED IT!

    • I’m glad it hit home with you. It’s time to be proud of who we are at What ever stage we are at in life. thank you for your comment, many blessings, Cherokee Billie

  9. LOL….. getting older has it’s plus’s and minus’s. You change and look at life differently, but I always like to remain childilike 😉


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