6/18/12

Older, Wiser, Better! (Giveaway)




As time seems to fly by faster each year, and along with it my years of life, I've been hit with so many different emotions about aging--as a wife, as a woman, as a mother, as a member of society.

Getting old, as a woman in this society, is a big deal!

I'm 35. Sometimes when I say that I just can't believe I'm that number already. I know, I know, it's still so young...yet it's not.

It's not young when I pass by a group of giggly teenage girls.
Oh my god, wasn't I JUST one of those girls???

It's not young, at all, when Sam tells me I just don't get it or I just don't know how it is with kids his age...
 
 
 
When did I become so straight-minded and strict? And motherly? It's getting more and more difficult to see things from the teenager's prospective.
 
 
 
Every single day I check the mirror, countless times, to assure that some of that youthful beauty still exists...sometimes I smile at myself in the mirror and suddenly I see those lines around my eyes and creases in my forehead, and I'm reminded of where I am in my life.


How do you age well? For your body? For your mind?

I feel an inner peace that makes those lines ok because I realize how they represent all that I am as a woman in this world and all I've been through. The heartaches, the death, the long nights awake with my sons, the worrying, the disappointments, the amazing feeling of accomplishments and happiness.
You know what? I'm digging getting older. I really am. I feel more respected. I feel like I belong in just about all social situations (in my 20s I felt out of place everywhere!) And I also feel pretty darn beautiful, inside and out.
My opinion seems to really count at this point in life. As you age, people respect you more for your gained knowledge. There is something very fulfilling about being heard by others AND knowing they trust you because of your wisdom!
We are living longer than we were a generation ago and not only that, but our lives are fuller. The best part? Everyone gets older, not just you.



Embrace it. Each era of life has its wonderful rewards, though they may feel and look very different from what you knew in the years before.



Check out Getold.com for some more insight on getting older and living better. Pfizer's new community is a place where we can all share our stories about aging, our positive and negative feelings about it, and tips and tools to live each year just a little better.


Enter to win one of three $500 SpaFinder Gift Cards, courtesy of BlogHer and Pfizer by answering this question in the comments section of this post:


"How do you feel about getting older?"


Sweepstakes entries will be pooled between 13 participating blogs and 3 winners will be chosen via random draw.
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38 comments:

Leanna said...

I am the same age as you (35) and cannot believe that I am that old. I don't think that I am getting old, but I have noticed that I am no longer getting carded. I do not like getting old.

MissusMoose223 said...

I always say - you aren't old, til you're cold! I am 37, and I'm getting sore here and there and am just now noticing a couple of laugh lines, but honestly - I feel better inside and am having waaaaay more fun that I ever did in my 20's. Getting older rocks!

ilene said...

I am 53...almost 54. The thing that bothers me most is how my skin isn't as elastic as it used to be.

Catherine said...

As my 60th birthday zooms in on me,(20 days) I have mixed feelings. My body has changed, things are looser, heavier or slower but in my mind I am still 36.i miss all the energy I had LOL. I miss my kids being little but I appreciate the adults they've become. Today sleep and moisturizer are my best friends.

Melissa from the Blue House said...

I'm happy about it. :) 39 is my best year yet... I'm happier than I've ever been, and though I weigh triple what I did in college (just kidding... it only feels that way) I feel so much more confident than the insecure kid I was in my 20s. OH... and it doesn't hurt that I married the man of my dreams 6 months ago. Life. Is. Good. :)

amy beth marantino said...

i don't really let my age bother me... it is what it is. i just try to make the best of every day, week, month, year...

scrappymo! said...

I am enjoying getting older. Dh and I have each been through some scary health issues over the years.

The fact that we are both still kicking is a good thing...a sense of joy and relief comes from getting older.

Rachel said...

I feel better in my thirties than I ever felt in my twenties. My body works better, I have more stamina and am far more active than I ever was before. I know what I want out of relationships and how to ask for what I want.
I've decided I'm not going to think about it as getting older but as getting more mature. I look forward to continuing to gain wisdom and confidence as I grow up.

Catherine said...

In general I think I feel good about getting older. I'm loving being a mom and wife...and loving every year of experience that life is bringing me. I do wish for my teenage body, though! :-)

Noelle said...

I feel more settled the older I get. Not worrying about a bunch of nonsense. And since I started doing yoga almost daily for the last year or so, my body feels great. Like I am a teenager again. =)

Tulip TrueAim said...

I am excited and sad at the same time. Excited to see my family grow closer and larger :) Excited to be considered "wise" and have the experience to offer advice and be taken seriously. I am sad because time goes by so fast and sometimes I feel like I don't want my kids to grow up because I am enjoying them so much right now. Thanks for the chance to win!

Katie Delgado said...

There's no way going back, so I'm not going to dwell on being younger :) . It blows my mind, though, to think about how old I am (28- not old, I know) and what I've accomplished. I watch college sports games and think, "Wow, they're all so much younger than me now!" I am very happy with my life now and my family. I love watching my kids grow and learn everyday... so it's a good thing!

Sprinkle Some Sunshine said...

I'm 44 & so far, so good! I enjoy life at this stage & worry less about what people think of me. I look toward the future & don't dwell on the past. :)

Kwilty Pleasures said...

Ladies who age with grace will always be young at heart. I am 61 and loving that laugh lines, wriinkles and extra poinds are God's bithday gifts to me. Enjoy each day without vanity in the way.

debio said...

While I am not THRILLED with getting older, I could totally kick the ass of my 30 year old (or even 20 year old) self right now!!! Embrace the time in life you are in and make it yours. Don't wait!!

Judy said...

I find as I get older, I get calmer. I am more able to deal with bumps in the road with ease. I also find I am more aware of my skin and more cautious in sun exposure.

Anonymous said...

Just a few weeks ago, I achieved what I always thought would be indescribably awful. I am 70. Oh my! And yet - - - when I look in the mirror, I am still just me. That is not the same as seeing pictures of me. Those I sometimes don't recognize, but the mirror, it is my friend. I am able to look into it and remember who I am, and what I am about, and get on with the day. I am blessed with good health. I take no medications. I am able to cook and clean and do laundry for my husband and myself, and look at those duties as blessings instead of drudgery. I am able to travel comfortably, adapt to new situations, read incessantly and take a nap if I choose. All the things I feared I would be at 70 just aren't so. My own grandmothers at 70 were very old women and were not in the best of health. They would not have understood exercise, and international travel was beyond their imagination. I live in a good time. I am a mother, a grandmother, and a great grandmother. I love my children, and my grandchildren, and my great grandchildren, yet they do not define me. I am able to enjoy life still as a separate and whole human being. Wonderful.

Jill said...

I still feel like a kid inside but my body disagrees! I'm 41 and can't believe it. My kids say I act like I'm 12 so I guess that keeps me young!

Jenn said...

I feel different about getting older every 5 years or so. At 25 I never thought about it it, actually. . At 30 it somewhat depressed me, but now that I will be 35 this year I see it as a total honor, as a gift, and as a reward for living well. I have seen many peoples lives be affected by health issues, and other factors, and I think it can't help but make you look at aging differently. I feel like each birthday we celebrate should be jut that - a celebration of who we have become, what we have learned, and how lucky we are to be with our families. Even the wrinkles and changes that go with.

Susan Pacana said...

I will be turning 35 in October, and I can't believe how much older I look. I look back at my wedding photos (about 9 years ago), and am so surprised at how much younger I looked then. I never knew I would feel this way at the young age of 34 (and 1/2)!

Myne Whitman said...

35 is just round the corner for me and while it is scary in a way, at the same time I feel good :)

Amanda @geekdetails said...

I actually love getting older. I don't mind the wrinkles or the laugh lines because it means I'm living a full life. I feel more confident in my appearance and my opinions and social situations.

I love what I'm making my life become. I love watching my boys get older and bonding with them as people. They'll be great men someday and I kind of can't wait to see it.

I'm sure I'll feel awful about aging once I'm no longer carded for everything lol. For now though, I embrace it.

Elena said...

Getting older is something I think about more often lately. I don't like the aging of my body, but I feel like I make more right decisions now than ten years ago.

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Margaret Gaudio said...

I'm turning 26 this year, and while that means I'm still pretty young getting older is important to me. I can already see lines starting and gray hairs (though mostly I attribute that to stress), so for me it's all about starting prevention of aging skin, and taking care of my body. The healthier you are, the slower you're likely to age. Aging happens to everyone, I'd just like to do it gracefully :)

Karina said...

I'm excited to get older and experience more of life

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Lexiquin said...

When I was your age...it was the best time of my life! I'm old enough to be your mother and, unfortunately, I don't think I'm aging very gracefully. I wish I could embrace and accept more easily some of the physical changes that accompany getting on in years. sigh
Thanks for the giveaway!

Sam said...

I totally feel that way too! Thanks for your post.

Amy said...

I'm 36 and a mom of a four year old and I have to say, I always seem to love the age I'm at. When I think ahead, I don't want to get old, but then when I get to that age, I love it. In my 20s I didn't think my 30s would be anything great, but now in my 30s, I have a wonderful husband who works crazy hard so I can stay home with my wonderful son and I now have a group of amazing mom friends. I now say that I love my 30s and don't want to get to my 40s or older, but I know that whatever life brings me will be what is meant to be.

Anonymous said...

I am 37, when I take the time to think about it. I find it hard to believe that I am not still in my 20's. Where does the time go? When I really focus I understand that as we age we are blessed with gifts our younger selves could not handle or appreciate. I am the proud mom of 6. My oldest sons 10 and 15 I had in my early 20's and didn't fully appreciate the joy of every moment. I met my soul mate at 32 who also came with 2 beautiful amazing sons who are now 12 and 14. I have since been blessed with our beautiful Emily who is now 4 and our preciouse Blake who is almost 3. My life is so crazy and full. I don't feel the pressure my 20's self felt I don't have to have perfect hair, nails..clothes..makeup. Me at 20 could not have handled the minivan with 2 under 2 and 4 elementary school age boys...the caravan grocery store adventures where we were stopped every other isle to the inquirey of "are they all yours" I finally got it down to a yes they are...Isn't it great! Now I look forward to fourty...Not my kids growing up, because I would keep them all home if I could. It is amazing watching the older boys grow in to young men. Life does seem to keep getting better:)

heavenisabookstore said...

I will turn 34 this year and for the first time in a long time, I am HAPPY and dare I say it, I see a point where I could be CONTENT! I am happier every year. I feel more confident about knowing who I am inside and out. I just wish I had used face lotion a bit more often when I was younger. (lol)

wigget said...

i dislike getting older due to the pains and aches

Amy @ A Little Nosh said...

I'm not quite at peace with getting older yet, but I'm getting there.

alittlenosh AT gmail.com

Linda said...

I want to see my kids grow up and get married some day, getting old isn’t all bad

Wrinkles - not so much :-P

artisticbaker at gmail dot com

sean said...

31 is already too old for me

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Melinda said...

I look forward to retirement and traveling in my “old age”

kellyr78 said...

I feel uneasy. However, I hope for the best and realize that I cannot sit around dwelling on growing old... although today is my birthday!
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Kerry said...

I'm not really looking forward to it - uneasy is how I feel!
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Anash said...

i feel GREAT about it. as long as i am getting old, it means im still living, and to me ::wink: thats a good thing
Thanks for a super giveaway!
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