Chon Gotti writes about aging with grace. Illustration by artist and vendor Levester Green

I was young once. And I still feel like it. But to all my friends who are 40 years and up, most of us are going through the next phase of our lives. We’re seeing wrinkles, gray hair, and extra pounds. Menopause may have appeared or is just waiting around the corner. Just thinking about it can make you panic. We’ve all heard about mid-life crises. 

We see 20somethings having fun and we reminisce about days gone by. But we must remember, too, that what they bring to the table with their youth and zest, we bring our wisdom and experience. We have raised families, run households, paid bills, dealt with diseases and sadness, and everything else life has assigned us!  

We are survivors, we are quiet warriors in the quiet. Women and men our age are like a classic car or a bottle of fine wine. Even if our bodies may not be what they once were, they carry our souls, our courage, and our strength.  

We shall all enter this chapter of our lives with humility, grace, and pride over everything we have been through. And we should never feel bad about getting older. It’s a privilege that is denied to too many. 

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