I’m a licensed professional therapist in Charleston, South Carolina, and would like to offer my insight on the positive side of aging.
Positive way aging has impacted my life
I’ve noticed positivity in aging when reflecting on the amount of wisdom one has gained through their life experience. The more life experiences I’ve had, the more I feel comfortable and confident in similar situations. I’ve learned to be more of a minimalist, enjoy my own company, and focus more on developing healthy relationships. Specifically, I’ve learned that “my” time is valuable, and I don’t always have to give it to everyone.
Aging is a negative thing
No, I’ve always had a positive outlook, as I’ve always looked forward to establishing a career and accomplishing my life goals which have required that I age. However, I will say that social media has made me question my physical appearance more and more. Filters that make you look flawless and this culture that focuses on appearing perfect can make it more challenging to appreciate the aging process.
You become surer of yourself. It’s less scary to speak up and it’s easier to voice your opinion. I can scan a room and predict outcomes and/or predict how certain people will behave. You learn not to care about what happens when you can prepare yourself more easily which means you’re spending less time worrying about what other people think or how things will work out.
Aging between differences men and women
Yes, I believe so. As a therapist, too often do I witness older men leaving their wives for younger women. Women have a societal standard to always look young. Men experience societal expectations as well but it appears to be more focused on attaining career and financial success. Women have more pressure to physically appear youthful even if they are financially successful.
I hope you find this helpful. You can learn more about me by visiting my about page.