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“I’m a person who gets better with practice. Getting older is awesome – because you get more practice.” – Zooey Deschanel

If you’re like most people, you may find yourself moaning and groaning after another birthday arrives.

As youth fades away, dwelling on the past and thinking about all the might-have-beens and the wish-I-hadn’t situations can bring you down. Isn’t it strange that when you are young, you can’t wait to get older, but when you are older, you wish you could go back.

Instead of dreading those birthdays, consider embracing them and then opening your mind to all of the wonderful things that come with getting older. Here are five wonderful things about getting older that you can and should celebrate.

1. You are able to enjoy more mature relationships. Youthful ways and immaturity can make it difficult for you to enjoy loving, meaningful relationships with friends or even spouses. Maturity helps you understand, accept and be more willing to compromise and forgive which are key in any healthy relationship.

2. You realize your looks and what you wear are really not that important. Outward appearances are not as important as what’s on the inside. You don’t care what other people think about the way you look. Getting older teaches to dress comfortably rather than trendy.

3. Early bedtimes and naps are a luxury that an older person can truly appreciate. Relaxing in a quiet room with a book is no longer a punishment but something to look forward to. You don’t have to worry about who was at the club and who was with who and so on. A quiet night in is far more enjoyable.

4. You have managed to get past your youthful financial mistakes and have become more financially secure. Student loans are finally paid off and you are not blowing money on frivolous items or racking up credit card debt.

5. Retirement is close. Your days of working full time are coming to an end and you will be able to enjoy all the little things you have been too busy to do all your life. Tending the garden, traveling and spending time with your family are at the top of your list instead of trying to climb the corporate ladder.

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About Alex Blackwell
Alex Blackwell is a father, husband and writer.

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