1. It does not suck.
2. With child rearing being delegated to the next generation, you now have:
a. More money
b. More sleep
c. More time to do what you want
d. You don’t have to hide the good ice cream
e. You don’t have to pretend you don’t drink pop at night
f. Travel does not include packing three diaper bags and extra changes of child clothing for every five hours gone
3. You don’t have to work as hard to keep the house clean.
4. Laundry is 90% less than the last two decades of your life.
5. You realize that getting older does not mean there is less to do.
6. You realize there is an entire world of stuff to do.
7. And now you have the time to do it.
8. Things that used to stress you out….don’t.
9. You get to decide what you want to do after work.
10. Life is worth getting older for.
11. Dinner can be what ever you want it to be. Not what you think you ‘should’ make for the kids. You know, in case they tell their teacher.
12. When the grandkids arrive you will wonder what in the world you were ever so stressed out about as a parent.
13. Because sitting in the grandparent chair those babies look absolutely perfect and stress free!
14. You don’t have to fix your hair on vacation (okay, I started that years ago).
But mostly….remember it doesn’t suck.
I haven’t started to age yet. But I am preparing myself for when I do.
I see, meet with, and talk with a lot of aging people. And I’ve noticed a huge difference in those who seem happier than others. Those who believe they have value enjoy life. Those who go looking for life, find it. Those who find worth in their life and lessons learned, share it. Those who believe they have a purpose, still, with every breath-prosper with age.
Aging doesn’t suck.
It’s more time living and learning.