People who happily embrace getting older will never be seen doing these 7 things

When I look back on my career so far, and think about the types of personalities that stand out to me, there are a handful that come to mind.

Thankfully, there are plenty of good examples—those who worked hard, those who became life-long friends—but there was actually a particular character I became accustomed to in the workplace, and that was the disgruntled, dissatisfied older person.

I’m not trying to stereotype any one who can be considered “older”. The person I’m talking about is the kind of person who clearly resented younger people for their fresh ideas, different ways of thinking, and if I’m being honest, their undeniable youth.

Every time I encountered this kind of bitterness in the workplace, rather than get caught up in it, I reminded myself that this was a person I never wanted to become as I grew older.

Bitterness, along with a number of other traits, is something you will never see in people who embrace getting older with optimism, gratitude, and excitement.

Let’s take a look at a few more of these things.

1) Dwelling on past mistakes, regrets, or grudges

When it comes to getting older, I think it helps to look at it as if it were a book spread out before you. 

Only, in this story, you’re not getting stuck on the pages that you wish you could rewrite and redraft. 

In other words, you don’t go on to lead a life of regret.

Instead, you embrace each chapter as it comes, learning, evolving, and growing along the way, rather than getting tangled up in the “could’ve beens” or “should’ve dones.”

By releasing your firm grip on old grudges and long-held regrets, you become the one who is truly in charge of your own story. And that can be an incredibly empowering thing!

Living life with this can-do attitude will help to ensure you create a colorful, gripping book filled with treasured experiences and life lessons.

After all, growing older is truly a privilege—one not all of us get to experience. And the trick to enjoying the process is to not let the past weigh you down

By avoiding the trap of dwelling on mistakes or holding onto grudges, you can become a person who is free of bitterness. And trust me, that’s where the real fun begins!

2) Fearing change or potential failure

The individuals who appreciate getting older are not ones to steer clear of change or fear potential failure.

Embracing the natural process of aging, they see change as a natural and integral part of life, bringing plenty of opportunities for personal growth and development.

For them, facing the unknown is not something to be fearful of, rather, it’s a chance to add a bunch of gripping new chapters to their life story.

These positive people don’t shy away from failure either. Instead of fearing mistakes, they see them as lessons that contribute to their life experiences. 

Avoiding failure, to them, would be like resisting the currents that continue to propel them forward in life.

Besides, growth and wisdom often come from facing life’s changes and, sometimes, learning from the mistakes along the way—even if this can feel quite uncomfortable, at times.

In their appreciation for the journey of aging, these particular folks recognize that each experience, whether a joyous moment or a hard lesson learned, contributes to the overall richness of their personal stories.

3) Being irresponsible with their finances

People who are brimming with excitement to enter their golden years won’t be caught making risky or irresponsible financial decisions.

To them, the prospect of aging is not a time to free themselves of all financial responsibility, but rather an opportunity to build security and abundance. 

In order to do this, they gradually become smarter with their money. 

This can mean a number of different things, but chiefly, that they conduct their financial affairs with precision, stability, foresight, and most importantly, resilience.

This financial stability can be achieved through careful saving, savvy investment, and avoiding the trappings of investment fads, gambling, and more.

4) Unhealthily dwelling on their youth

midlife crisis man People who happily embrace getting older will never be seen doing these 7 things

A person who looks forward to getting older genuinely appreciates the wisdom and experiences it brings them, which means they don’t spend their time unhealthily obsessing over their youth, or wanting to revisit it.

Fixating on the past to an unhealthy degree is always counterproductive. 

Sure, you can look back on things nostalgically—who among us doesn’t do that with our photo albums or that particularly catchy pop song?!—but when it comes to growing older, it’s far more productive to focus on the present and future. 

Or in other words, the things we have the power to shape and influence – growth and maturity that come with each passing year. 

So, in their forward-looking attitude on aging, these people prioritize the richness of the present and the promises of tomorrow over the fleeting moments of yesteryears.

5) Fixating on wrinkles, fine lines, and other physical signs of aging

Let’s face it. Unless you have access to the top celebrity surgeons and injectionists, we are all going to get baggy and saggy. It is a biological fact!

And really… is that so bad? Are wrinkles and fine lines that repulsive? While the cosmetics industry and media will tell us yes, and constantly impose unrealistic beauty standards upon us, people who are positive about the prospect of aging will never be caught buying into this. 

As I’ve said previously, aging is one hell of a privilege.

Instead of worrying about crows feet and sagging skin, those who age with optimism and gratitude focus on being happy and thankful for all the good things that come with it.

Remember, while the world might be obsessed with looking impossibly young, those excited about aging choose a different, less surface-level path. 

6) Closing themselves off to new ideas and the shifting world

Someone who embraces the concept of aging and values the joy it brings is unlikely to be caught avoiding new ideas or shutting themselves off from a rapidly changing world. 

Folks who appreciate getting older often recognize the richness that comes with a lifetime of learning and evolving perspectives. 

Engaging with fresh ideas and adapting to the shifting landscape becomes a natural part of their journey, reflecting an openness to growth and understanding.

This is because closing oneself off to the dynamic nature of life and resisting the embrace of new concepts would contradict the act of cherishing the aging process.

7) Forgetting to enforce and maintain healthy boundaries

Those who fully embrace the idea of aging and appreciate the process aren’t likely to be caught neglecting keeping healthy boundaries. 

These particular people always understand the significance of maintaining much-needed balance and mental wellbeing in their life. 

Neglecting boundaries can lead to stress, burnout, and compromised overall health, which contradicts the values of someone who appreciates growing older. 

Firmly establishing patterns of self-care and setting clear boundaries become an integral part of the journey towards a fulfilling and positive life.

By honoring these principles and keeping them in place, then you can truly celebrate the evolving chapters of life with emotional resilience and wisdom.

Final thoughts

Maintaining a positive attitude towards aging is super important for a number of different reasons. 

Firstly, cultivating a positive mindset can count significantly towards overall wellbeing and mental health.

Embracing the aging process with optimism helps us all to cope with the physical and emotional changes that come with getting older.

Secondly, a positive attitude can enhance resilience and adaptability. As people age, they may encounter a number of varying challenges such as health issues or lifestyle adjustments. 

Approaching these challenges with optimism fosters resilience and facilitates a smoother adaptation to everything that life throws at us.

Overall, maintaining a positive attitude towards aging can lead to a more fulfilling and enjoyable life. 

Embracing the wisdom and experience that naturally accompany age allows us to better appreciate the richness of life’s journey.

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Ava Sinclair

Ava Sinclair is a former competitive athlete who transitioned into the world of wellness and mindfulness. Her journey through the highs and lows of competitive sports has given her a unique perspective on resilience and mental toughness. Ava’s writing reflects her belief in the power of small, daily habits to create lasting change.

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