“Hold onto sixteen as long as you caaaaaan, changes come around real soon, make us women and men.” This, my friends, is the truth.
Life is constantly changing. Some changes are great, others are not. If we’re living life the way we should, we should be completely different tomorrow, than we are today. Okay, maybe not completely different.
I’ve really struggled a lot with this whole getting older thing, which surprises me, because I’ve always said getting older is better than the alternative to NOT getting older. Right?
This whole midlife thing can really hit you hard though. Your body changes no matter what you do. Your stress increases as you see the forever widening gap between you and your kids. It didn’t seem as wide before, but the more things change as far as music, technology, and current events, the more you start to realize you’re getting older. I find myself thinking more and more about how I wish things would slow down. I find myself feeling sorry for my kids and future grandkids, and the lack of experiences they will miss due to the changing times.
I know they will have completely different experiences, but will they be as fulfilling? Will they look back at the age of DVD’s and MP3’s and feel nostalgic, like we do record players, and cassette tapes? Will they look back and wish they still had that old iPad, the way we do when we remember our dolls, or toy trucks? What about that make-up Barbie head? Will they remember their make-up apps nostalgically? I don’t know. Perhaps they will since they don’t really know anything different. You can’t really recapture any emotional value in an app, or an old iPad though. Right?
I do have one positive thing to announce about my midlife crisis. It’s actually a little bit shocking that this is something that excited me… I found my first gray hairs. Two of them! Yes, I was happily excited about it. I decided I’m going to see what it looks like, to let myself go gray. I do have the option of coloring it, but unless it comes in weird and patchy, I’m keeping it. I think I’ll look great in gray, and I’m not worried about it making me look any older, because I do take care of myself in so many other ways, that I should still appear younger than my years.
Here’s an imaginary toast to aging gracefully~~~~~ drink up! It’s going to be a long midlife crisis!