Why I'm Excited to Get Old

13 October

Jumper - Joanie Clothing | Trousers - New Look | Loafers - New Look

From the age of 17 onwards, I've never welcomed the idea of getting another year older. I worry about how I should have achieved certain things by now, or how I'm too old to do some things - I'm sure you know the feeling.

But lately, my perspective has changed.

I'm not sure if it's because of the almost constant headlines about people dying in horrible attacks, the number of people you hear about dying from disease and random accidents or just reaching a point where I recognise my own mortality, but death seems to be everywhere at the moment.

That sounds incredibly morbid, but it's made me realise that a) I want to have a life full of fun and adventure because hey, life is precious and short and unpredictable and b) getting old is something to be embraced.

Getting old means that you've achieved another year of breathing, exploring, working, playing, living.

In this world where terrorist attacks seem to be happening every other week and the victims are often young people who have had their future cruelly snatched away from them, I've realised how extremely lucky I am to be alive, because that could be me, it could be you, it could be anyone.

We've got to grab life and squeeze every last drop of joy we can get out of it, because it can be taken from us at any time.

And if we're lucky enough to reach a grand old age, we can look back at what we've done and know that we didn't just exist, we lived.

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