Even when I was a small child, I was certain of one thing — I did not want to get older. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t want to grow up and become a rebel teenager or a college student. In the back of my mind even then, I knew that the more I aged, the quicker I was to getting old and dying. And I wanted to avoid that at all costs. I didn’t realize then that getting older does have its perks. For example, accumulating new knowledge and experiences is one of the best things about getting older.
Now that I am in my 32nd year of life on this Earth, I look back over every year that has passed with some sadness, some joy, and even some relief. And then, I look forward to what could happen tomorrow. Despite the fact that I am getting older every single day — and even though that still scares me — I have accepted it. And most importantly, I have realized that getting older is really something that we should wear with pride, because not everyone can. In this post, I want to share with you the best things about getting older, from the perspective of a millennial.
5 best things about getting older
Creating opportunities for growth
Throughout my 32 years of residing on planet Earth, I have had many opportunities to grow. Some opportunities were quite small, such as taking an educational course or meeting an unexpected person. Even though at first glance, both of these experiences seemed quite insignificant, it soon became apparent that they both had the capacity to change an old way of thinking or direct me to a new path. So, the more opportunities that you find as you get older, the more that you will grow.
The fact that I can continue to grow until that very last breath is pretty awe inspiring. There is so much to learn and to do. There are start-ups to start, projects to unravel, and relationships to form. But most importantly, all of these things help to contribute to becoming the person that I am meant to be. They all act as a form of guide. I just have to trust that the right opportunities will come along and then just let myself take them.
Sharing past experiences
Another good thing about getting older is sharing past experiences with the younger generations. By sharing past experiences, we can teach the younger generation what happened and how to prevent them from happening again. We can reminiscence what happened before and think back to the good ol’ days. They say that we should live in the moment, but we can’t live in the moment without first knowing what happened before, and ultimately learning from it. For example, I wouldn’t be who I am today without my past childhood experience as a biracial person or my life in college. As I get older, I can keep these past experiences in mind and continue to adapt and grow from them.
Making new memories
It is true that we must continue to share past experiences. But it is also equally as important that we continue to make new memories. As we get older, it is inevitable that we will meet new people, visit new places, and learn new knowledge. As we do so, we will accumulate nuggets upon nuggets of memories, which we can then later add to our store of long term memory to share with the future generations. I sit here wondering what new memories I will collect next.
Continuing to enjoy Earth
As we get older, we are given the privilege to continue to enjoy living on this great planet that we called Earth. Remember that not everyone gets to live to old age. Some pass away before that time. So, for those, who does end up living to old age, it is a great benediction. By surviving to old age, you get to continue to smell the sweet flowers, see the majestic mountains, hear the roaring of the tumbling waves, and feel the often prickly grass under our bare feet.
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Finding the meaning of life
The longer we live, we can continue our quest to find the meaning of life. More specifically, we can search high and low for our purpose of life. I believe that everyone has a special purpose that they eventually will find. Everyone is here for a reason, whether to find a cure for cancer, write an influential book, or simply to help one person through a kind word or smile. As we go about our lives, we find our reason for being and let it consume our bodies and soul so that we can finally be fulfilled.