DailyBlog: What’s the best part of growing older?

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Today’s Question: What’s the best part of growing older?

One of the things that I appreciate about getting older is that you really do learn to stop giving a rat’s ass about fitting in, or doing anything to please others. I’ve never been a big people pleaser in general, I’ve always been the type to march to the beat of my own drum, but no one is completely immune to peer pressure, or to societal expectations. I’m able to look back at my life; the mistakes that I’ve made, the things that I’ve been successful at, and the ways in which I’ve changed, and I don’t compare my journey to anyone else’s. The older I’ve gotten, the harder that I’ve searched for happiness and authenticity in my life. Not every attempt at happiness has brought me to my goal, but I’ve learned things along the way that have really shaped my individuality. I absolutely appreciate that. Although there are things that I would do differently if I could go back with the knowledge that I have now, I don’t have many real regrets, and I know that I did the best that I could with the tools I had at the time. Getting older gives you the ability to make peace with yourself and your past. It has given me the chance to let go of some of the things that I used to cling to, and in doing so, I realize that I’m still standing. I still have certain fears about continuing to grow older but I’m not nearly as uncomfortable with my physical age as I once was. I have a rough idea of how the rest of my life may pan out, and I’m okay with it.

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