Love How You Feel – Embrace it!

Senior woman throwing leaves in the airThe saying “You are only as old as you feel” came up the other day when a bunch of us girls were talking about becoming Grandmothers. Later, on my way home, the saying kept repeating itself over and over in my head.  I began thinking that if it’s true, then I’m old, very old, old as dirt old. My knees ache, my back kills, and my neck throbs. I don’t “feel” like I did when I was young. The days of no aches and pains are long gone.

But, and this is a big but, when I think about my age I can’t believe how OLD I am! This is so confusing, isn’t it?  See, when I think of myself, I feel like I am 20 years younger than there were candles on my last birthday cake (and yes, my loving family found it very funny to put 5 whole boxes of candles on my cake, but that is a different story for a different day). Anyway, notice the word “feel” as in the saying. If I interpret the saying my way, I never feel my age, and on most days I actually believe that using anti-wrinkle cream will keep my face wrinkle free! I even have to laugh at that…my face already looks like aluminum foil that has been smoothed out from being a hard little silver ball. That anti-wrinkle cream hasn’t yet been invented!

So, why is it that until I get the wake-up call from my real image in a mirror, grey hair and wrinkles all too obvious, I “feel” like my age hasn’t advanced since the 1980s in spite of the “feeling” that time has literally flown by. Maybe this “feeling” is just a post menopausal symptom like gaining weight and high blood pressure. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather think of it, in all its confusion, as a free pass to be who I want to be, when I want to be! Yay for the power of the mature women! (Seriously, did I just write “mature women”? Geesh!)

annELAM (Enjoying Life After the Big M)

About Ann Sandretto: With over 10 years of research behind Ann created Ann’s mission is to inspire women to continuously reinvent and renew themselves by providing trusted information, expert advice and a community for supportive interaction. Together with her panel of expert contributors, she shares health and beauty tips with women navigating menopause.

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