It is sometimes a little hard accepting that I am getting older.

Hello Tomodachi’s,

Are you all doing alright? I was just thinking about how the older a person gets, how different their body becomes when compared to just 5 years ago. It is really strange. Although, as true as the saying is that the older you get the wiser you become, at the same time it is also quite hard accepting that you are getting older. Well, at least it is for me.

When I say it is hard accepting getting older, most people would assume that I mean it is hard getting older with regards to my looks. But that is not really the case for me. I am talking about the fact that my body does not really work the way it used to.

I can tell my body is getting older and is not the same as it used to be compared to just two or three years ago. Even if in my mind I do not feel old and I do not really consider myself old, I have to accept the way things are now because every day that goes by I am getting older. I will only be getting older from here on out, not younger. I am no longer 17 years old where I could move my body however I like and my mind was able to grasp things so easily with no problem at all. I guess, it will only get harder.

The first changes in my body started about 3 or 4 years ago when I began having troubles waking up whenever I wanted to if I went to sleep pretty late after studying or if I was doing an all-nighter to trying to complete an assignment for a closing deadline. Four years ago my body could easily function with only 4 to 5 hours of sleep or less. Now I cannot do that any longer.

These days, however, my ageing body has started to become more apparent because sometimes when I am massaging my clients I would hear my arm bones and joints cracking all at once with just a single motion or continue to crack as I go along. It is sometimes a little embarrassing having my arms cracking as I massage my clients but there is nothing I can do about it. Is there?

Also, I have noticed, that whenever I am trying to learn or study something it would take me twice or three times as longer to grasp and remember it compared to just 4 years ago. Most of you are probably already aware that I am learning the Japanese language, but learning Japanese is quite a struggle on its own and then add getting older to the mix and you have double trouble. Maybe getting older is different for everyone but currently that is my struggle and it is a little hard for me to accept myself now especially when I remember how I used to be like not too long ago. It feels like I am almost chasing a ghost version of myself that is no longer there. When I was learning Spanish in Highschool I do not remember ever having problems remembering or grasping the concept of things. Now it is the first time where I am struggling remembering and grasping things with my ageing mind.

Maybe getting older is different for everyone but currently that is my struggle and it is a little hard for me to accept myself now especially when I remember how I used to be like not too long ago. It feels like I am almost chasing a ghost version of myself that is no longer there. When I was learning Spanish in Highschool I do not remember ever having problems remembering or grasping the concept of things. Now it is the first time where I am struggling remembering and grasping things with my ageing mind.

I cannot lie, it is hard. It is sometimes really hard to accept myself as I am now. Do you have any advice for me? What do you think? Do you think I am worrying too much about this, something that everyone will eventually go through? How has it been for you as you got older? Was it also hard for you to accept yourself as you were getting older?

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Author: Angie's Inspiration

My name is Angie Ignacio, I currently live in The Netherlands but I am originally from a very small five (5) square mile island in the Dutch Caribbean called Saba. I enjoy learning new things, meeting new people, dancing, singing, watching anime and reading manga comics. I also enjoy listening to Asian (Japanese, Korean and sometimes Chinese) music. I am trying to learn the Japanese language since I am such a big fan of Japan. I am also a published author of two books a poetry book called I'm Only Human and children's picture book called Baby Toucan.

3 thoughts

  1. Hi, Angie! You make some good points here, as usual. But let me give you my personal experience.

    When I was 50, I recognized that my body couldn’t do all the things I could at 17 or 18 or even thirty. Yet I refused to consider that I was getting older. The concept wasn’t even part of my mental vocabulary or thought process. In support of that mindset, I worked in a sheet metal shop, slinging steel all day long. A lot of the younger workers, especially the temp employees, would tell me there was no way I was 50. The reason for that is because I would out-work them every single day.

    However, when I became disabled at age 56, I started to really show signs of aging. I didn’t have the energy levels I’d gotten used to. I tired more easily. And my hair went very gray unless I used coconut oil as a conditioner at least twice a week.

    My thought is that this apparent rapid aging was the result of my disability, which prevented me from being as physically active as I was accustomed to. Now, at almost 62, I’m beginning to get some of my energy back, but it’s a result of a much better diet combined with getting out in the sun and getting whatever exercise my body can tolerate these days.

    My advice is to eat healthy, get sufficient sun (half an hour a day without using sun blockers), and do whatever it takes to stay physically fit’

    Namaste’,
    Don

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    1. Hello Don,
      I guess you do make a point about the healthy eating (although it is a little challenging and expensive to eat healthy. Delicious foods are usually the most unhealthy, lol.) and getting plenty of sunlight. But over here in the Netherlands getting plenty of sun is not really always possible. Even more so, especially during the fall and winter seasons. But thanks again for telling me a little about yourself and for the advice.

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      1. Yes, I can see how getting enough sun could be problematic, Angie. I lived for two years in the state of Washington, and had the same problem. That’s a major reason I moved back to Arizona.

        Regarding healthy foods, I eat mostly fresh fruits and some veggies, and I’ve become a minimalist on meat consumption, small portions once or twice a week, plus eggs three times a week maximum. Most of my meat is poultry and seafood. I avoid pork most of the time, and beef is a sometime thing. I found that my body adapts to these changes quite well, to the point that now, much of the time, I can taste the chemicals in processed foods, and so it’s much easier to keep them to a minimum as well. Plus, as my body adapts, the real foods start tasting better.

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