I Really Dig Getting Older and Stronger Mentally! Thursday Two Questions Meme #137

I really dig getting older! Aside from all the aches and pains that comes with age, mentally, I have never been stronger. The occasional breakdown comes seldom verses before when I was pre-teen and teenager. I can say back then, I cried over just about anything. My mom used to say, don't let them see you cry, because people take it as a sign of weakness. But even though I didn't want people to think I am weak, most times I couldn't hold back my tears, because the emotions just got the best of me.

Second nature to me now, everyday, I made sure that I take care of what is important to me and the people I love in my life. Other things are just not as important anymore like they once were. For example: if I have to run out of the house looking unprepared because I stayed up all night with T to keep her fever down, well, it is what it is.

 Now I understand how some people can live by themselves without the interaction of others, because after a lot of practice, we all get better at what we do repeatedly. I like that I don't flip over things that I can't control anymore. If I don't get something from trying, I think that god must have other ideas for me.
More importantly, I dig how I feel as I get older. I am able to see more of me and who I am. I used to be so confused about who I should be, what I should do. It has taken me a long time to find time to focus on myself internally, but thank god it finally has reached a point of clarity.  

Now, aren't you glad I am not 100% clueless all the time, but only occasionally? :-)

 Here are Self Sagacity's Thursday Two Questions #137:
1) When was it that you felt like you knew "who" you are?
2) What do you dig about getting older?
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  1. Oh, I so love your post Amanda, I dig getting older too, and so happy to be at peace with myself now. Like you, I was so confused before too, but now, I started to think more of reality and have accepted that dealing with reality and accepting it fully and be happy with is makes me happiest than continue chasing something which I did not even know if they were part of my dreams or just because I thought then when I was younger they were the expectations. So happy to be me, now. I exactly don't know when it happened, but it has been quite long now that I am very much accepting of my capabilities and limitations.

  2. Amanda, I enjoy being older because I feel wiser, my children are grown and I am getting closer to retirement. I look so forward to not having to punch a time clock and having some time to do what I WANT to do. he he I absolutely love spending time with the grands and not having to be a FULL time custodial parent.
    I began to get more in touch with myself through writing. While my children were at home it was not about me, but now it can be (once in awhile :-))

  3. Amanda, I love this post. I really do dig getting older.

    1. For me, I felt that I knew who I was or came into my own around 50. I had much more confidence in myself and was at the age that I did my own thing and didn't care about what others thought. Like you mentioned, I also don't blow up at the least little thing anymore. There is a sort of peace and serenity that I feel now that I never felt in the past.

  4. I like where I am in life now.. am at peace too I think as we age we gradually understand more.

  5. I share your sentiments about getting old and know who I am. In general, I am happy with who I am, and my situation. I always try to make the best of whatever it's in my way and deal with it as it comes. Occasionally, ill-manners from people I love get me down and in despair, but I also bounce back :-)

  6. I truly an embracing getting older. I am ebracing my silver hairs, I find the sexy. I don't worry about what other people think anymore and I surely have started speaking my mind more.

  7. Hi Amanda ~~ Really neat about getting older, isn't it??

    But then there is a place where it is not very nice. There is a saying, "It's Hell getting old." You should Google that, there are quite a few jokes but I couldn't find the originator.

    1) When was it that you felt like you knew "who" you are? I am not sure that I ever knew. If I did then now I have forgotten.
    2) What do you dig about getting older? Senior discounts are great!!!.

  8. Wow, Amanda - I really did a double take when I saw that photo! :-)

    1) I'm still discovering - and re-discovering - who I am.

    2) The older I get, the less I worry about what others think - the more grounded I am - and the more confident I am about what really matters in life.

    Great questions today. Thanks for hosting! :-)

  9. I enjoyed this post.
    I feel like I'm slowing growing into myself. It is taking a battle sometimes because I know what I want to feel and it's confidence in me.

    I think now I'm straightening out the childhood horrors so that I can move on to the next phase.

    Ahh yes, I love this post and I can't wait to be there...more at peace with me.

    1) When was it that you felt like you knew "who" you are?
    I think in 2008. We were going to visit the inlaws and I realize, I wasn't nervous of them anymore. I realize, I wouldn't put up with any bullpoo from them anymore and it was set and it was beautiful. Of course I wouldn't disrespect them either, but I knew I was on even keel and would stand by my family and my demands.
    Very freeing I tell you. I have not looked back since.

    2) What do you dig about getting older?
    I dig being able to stand up more for what I believe in.

    Have a great weekend woman :)

  10. I don't mind getting older, and like you said, there were youthful days when one stray hair would keep me in the house, but these days, phft, if I have to go out and it's a bad hair day, who cares...it's the way I always look, just with a bad hair day, lol

  11. It was only in my 30s that I started to understand who I was. I love the fact that my kids are getting older and aren't as 'dependant' as they used to be. MY youngest is still only 11, but she's a mature 11 so she's not as 'needy' as the others were at her age.

  12. Wow... it takes not time for old age to warn us of the certainties of what we called the future.

  13. Very interesting post that gives serious food for thought. After life's hard knocks in recent years I think I have come to know more about who I am. For one I have realized that I am stronger than I thought I was. I don't worry about age and relish the experiences and the good times of the past. I hope that the future will have better things in store. I am going to read your guidelines and see if I qualify to participate in your Meme. Take care.


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