Time was, we concealed puberty pimples, now we conceal wrinkles. The same idea – to hide the signs of aging. Different outcome – pimples go away, wrinkles get deeper.

Aging is a part of life. We all understand. We appreciate the advantages of old age. Until it becomes our age.

Some people can age gracefully. It is like gracefully falling down. Like actors and dancers do. On the way to the ground they create beautiful body lines, and even smile. It looks very elegant. But it still hurts.

Our inner self is formed at a certain age. This is the age that best captures our essence. And, regardless of the chronological age progression, we are stuck there. We’ll always feel 32, or 27, or 16, and some lucky people are always 7. If your self-image peaked at 22, you’ll never be 40 – you’ll be 22 with 18 years of experience. Which is sadly not true for your exterior. And the 22-years-old inside you is wondering what happened. What this wrinkled person is doing in my mirror? If only could we remove all the mirrors from our life… Hopefully we will learn to ignore the mirrors. The day will come when we start enjoying the ‘respectable’ age benefits, against the society’s perception of age as something to fear and make jokes about.

First you forget names, then you forget faces, then you forget to pull your zipper up, then you forget to pull your zipper down… All these jokes about memory loss and mental decline. Which is in fact not true. We forget things even when we're younger. And we explain it as just having too much on our mind. But when we're old and forget things, we immediately blame age. Yes, brain cells are dying. This also means that at a certain age their supply is finally down to a manageable size. We are losing the junk accumulated in our head over years, but we still remember the important things.

Being old is a lot like being young, just without all the insecurity and self-doubt. You learned to leave all the little nonsense behind and not to let the little nits bother you. You know your time on earth is limited so you don't waste it over things that won't count.

You become kinder to yourself and less critical of yourself, you finally become your own friend.

You are wiser than ever before, you know more than ever before, and you still have all the brain power to exercise free will.

You have the satisfaction of knowing that most of the mistakes you should make in life are behind you.

There's nothing left to learn the hard way.

You usually don’t worry about competing with other people for jobs, popularity or a romantic partner.
You can boss people around, and enjoy young folks letting you in the door first, holding the doors for you and giving you their seat on the bus.
You like the way, people listen to you, expecting every word coming out of your mouth to be a word of wisdom.
You have the courage to say “No” if you don’t want to do something. You have the guts to do something really crazy. You are now entitled to be extravagant and messy and to have fun.

Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off.

The highway patrol sigh or shake their heads but don't give you a ticket.

You deserved the right to irritate young people by saying “Back in my day, things were different”, because the time left its legacy to you. It will not be long before these youngsters start apply the same saying to their own cultural context.

Sure, over the years your heart has been broken. But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

Sometimes old people are considered beings of the past, out-of-date individuals. Instead, they should be highly praised for the mere fact of surviving.
How we grow old is a personal choice. Older folks are going back to school in their 50s, starting businesses in their 60s, training for triathlons in their 70s and having sex in their 80s. They still have a full deck; they just shuffle a little slower.

Being old is the only way to live long. It should not be feared.

Loneliness is to be feared, ill health is to be feared, but aging is not. Look forward to enjoying the coming years; after all you are only old once. If you are lucky.