I finally get it. I really do. The freedom that comes with age. The reason why people swear they would never go back to their 20’s & 30’s and do it all over again ~ at least for my generation. With age comes wisdom. A freedom, if you will that simply cannot be compared to any other, that just gets stronger and stronger with time and life experiences.
Not caring what others think of you and not getting your panties in a “twist” over stupid little things that back in the day would have set you back. Knowing WHO and what is important and taking stock in that. Owning who you are, how you feel and knowing that you are entitled to those feelings. Not rushing to make any judgement, but rather thinking things over before reacting or coming to a decision. Being secure in your own skin. Smiling from the inside out.
Radiating love toward others and knowing that they are going through struggles of their own and having empathy. Being more patient and trying to help because you realize that is what life is about, after all.
No longer involving yourself with other people’s drama. Knowing when you see a RED FLAG and when to walk away from a situation that will cause undue stress. Knowing what a healthy boundary looks like and how to apply that to your everyday life. Feeling comfortable.
Rejoicing in the little things that make life happy. Whether it’s a beautiful butterfly or an amazing sunset ~ taking it in. Appreciating the people that you love and letting them know they are loved. Enjoying quality time with loved ones and taking time in life, not being in a hurry. Surrendering to the sweet moments and marking them in your mind.
Knowing life is precious and fragile. Respecting those around you but also expecting it for yourself in return. Knowing that what you put out into the universe is what comes back to you; ten fold.
Reflecting back on your life and realizing that all the mistakes you made and learning from them, knowing they got you to where you are. Those mistakes do not define you.
Forgiveness. Knowing that you’ve hurt others and the importance of forgiving those that have hurt you. Knowing that God died on the cross for our sins; so to be forgiven, we must forgive. Knowing you are not perfect but trying to be the best version of yourself. Knowing that you cannot be good at everything but that you are GOOD. You have great traits and qualities that make you unique and sharing that gift with others. Letting go of past hurts, realizing that made you who you are today.
Being a true friend to YOURSELF. Loving and caring for yourself because you know you have value. Realizing you are a child of God, a gift from the heavens ~ created just the way you are supposed to be, unique and special, different from everyone else. Knowing that you are gifted and expressing your talents and sharing them with others. Knowing that you are imperfect. That there is only one perfect person and that is God, He just wants us to do our best and try to emulate Him. Doing your best everyday. Making a difference in other people’s lives. Most of all, loving ourselves and being kind to ourselves. Building other people up and catching them when they fall.
Being a true friend to someone ~ letting your guard down and letting love in. Knowing it might not take you where you want to go but taking that chance and hoping for the best. Going with the ebb and flow of life, taking in the good and discarding the bad.
I hope with age has come a freedom for you too. I wish this for everyone.