When you’re feeling down or blue, the wise words from a motivational figure or personal hero can truly turn things around for you. Last month, we featured three Mindful quotes from George Sand, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Betty Friedan. Listed below are three more inspirational quotes about aging.
3 More Mindful Quotes on Aging with Grace
Keep Your Inner Innocence
Time goes on but that doesn’t always change how we feel on the inside. For many people, such as Maya Angelou, our inner child stays with us. Maya Angelou (1928-2014), a poet and civil rights activist, once said:
“I am convinced that most people do not grow up…We marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies, and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the children inside, are innocent and shy as magnolias.”
Keep your youth alive by indulging your inner child. Stay curious. Seek out new information, new skills, and new experiences. It’ll help keep life interesting and fun.
Remember That Age is Just a Perception
Aging has a lot to do with your own mindset—if you’re stressed out about aging the stress can indeed age you. But, if you keep a youthful outlook on life, you’re more likely to stay young. In fact, George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), the Nobel Prize-winning author and playwright, once said:
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
Remember that playing is the key to life. Playing games with the grandkids, having game night with your friends, or joining a local recreational team may be just what you need to add a little play in your life.
See Your Own Beauty
Youth is not equivalent to beauty. We are all beautiful in our own way throughout the various stages of our life. Politician, diplomat, and activist Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) once said:
“Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.”
Life is difficult and exhausting. The fact that you have come this far is something to be celebrated, not hidden or masked. Celebrate your inner and outer beauty with pride.