Aging is a humbling experience for everyone. This wonderful organic machine we use to experience the world simply isn’t meant to last forever. It wears out, it gets damaged, and — eventually — it breaks down completely. The trick is to enjoy the ride while you can, and to fully embrace every stage of the journey. Sure, you’re going to have new aches and pains. Yes, your sight and hearing will dull, and it will take a little longer to dredge up a name or word from the depths of your memory. Even your hair color will betray you in time, treacherously losing pigment to make you look like some … horror … old person.
You can’t change any of that, it’s just part of the human experience for those of us who stubbornly insist on continuing to breathe in and out. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy what’s to come. You can’t stop the march of time, but you can damn sure change how you experience it. Use these changes as an excuse to become more of who you really are. You’ve been a timid youth, an uncertain adolescent, a defiant twentysomething, and who knows what else? Now it’s time for you to become the next iteration of the ongoing project that is you. Only you can define who that person will be, how they will act, and what example they will set for those unsuspecting youngsters a few years behind you.