Toni Kuhn

Gracious Aging


There comes a time in our lives when we realize we are definitely aging. It starts out in our 30’s when we discover that partying late is a thing of the past and our metabolism has slowed down. Then in our 40’s when those clever grey hairs appear and idea of a good time is sleeping in. Then our fifties hit and everything really starts to change…… LOL!

  • Getting hair in random places on your body
  • Eating dinner at 5pm
  • Falling asleep at 8pm
  • Unable to stay up to midnight on New Year’s Eve (unless you drink a ton of coffee!)
  • You no longer remember your original hair color
  • When did my body start making that noise?
  • What happened to my skin? When did I start having all these wrinkles?

The process of aging is hard and often has us longing for our younger selves. It is hard to accept that not only is our appearance changing but so is our ability to do certain things. Our joints creak, we wake up with sore bodies and sometimes we have to give up a sport or activity because it is simply too painful to do. But this does not mean we have to stop being active or love our new appearance. These changes to our looks and abilities are proof that we lived a fruitful life! So instead of dwelling on those wrinkles or your inability to run a marathon, embrace this new found you! Remind yourself of what your life’s journey has brought you so far…….

You have:

  • More wisdom
  • Financial freedom
  • Less Responsibility (retired, kids grown)
  • The courage to speak your mind
  • A new love for life- Every day you wake up is a great day!
  • Friends that have been with you for years- The ones that have stuck with you
  • The desire to live simply and enjoy every moment

The aging process can be beautiful and gracious. It’s about finding modifications and finding the joy in staying active. So the next time you look in the mirror and begin longing for your younger self, remind yourself how far you have come. The amazing journey of life and all the wonderful people you have met along the way. Think of each wrinkle as a wonderful experience you have had. And remember a good laugh goes a long way to a happy, healthy, long life!

  • You know you are getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you’re down there.” —George Burns (comedian)
  • “Middle age is having a choice between two temptations and choosing the one that’ll get you home earlier.” —Dan Bennett (comedian)
  • “Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.” —Groucho Marx (comedian)
  • The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.” —Will Rogers (actor)


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