Do You Fear Getting Older?
Whether you're a 20-something or 70-something there's one thing we all have in common: we're getting older. Year after year, decade after decade, we find ourselves getting closer towards whatever it is that's waiting for us at the end. As our bodies start to show more and more proof of living (hello wrinkles! oh hey gray!), it becomes all too apparent that there's no escaping the aging process. And in a youth obsessed culture, that can be a frightening thing. Whether it's purely superficial or on a deeper level of accomplishment, looking at what the future holds is something we have to face head on.
When we're young it seems like we can't wait to grow up. But even with that eagerness to be an adult, fears still abound when it comes to getting on in our years. Similarly, when you've reached a certain age, you can find yourself wistful about your youth, not really realizing what a better place your in with time, experience, and perspective. Over at The Advocate they've got a new column called Prim Timers that focuses on the LGBT community over 65 and how life can be lived at any age. They've got plenty of great content over there from stories to film recommendations all that showcase lives well lived.
I'm of the belief that as a community we can collectively debunk the myth that the best of your gay days are before 40. Working for Daddyhunt all these years, I've talked to a bunch of happy, enthusiastic gay daddies and silverdaddies at our events and here online. If we can all continue to inspire and live our lives to the fullest till the very end, I think we've got a good shot of changing societies beliefs. The Prime Timers stories are a good place to start, but now it's your turn.
Do you fear getting older or welcome it with open arms?