I really like getting older. I think that’s partially a result of learning how to take better care of my mental and physical health and fitness. When I was younger, I spent all of my time on compulsions and trying to wrestle with all of the stuff going on inside of my head, so I didn’t have time or energy to do the things I wanted to do in life. That led to lots of regret and constantly being afraid I was going to die before accomplishing anything I wanted to accomplish, which led to lots of compulsions to try to prevent that, which actually did prevent that.
If I spend all of my time thinking about the future, I can’t make decisions in the present that actually will contribute to a better future for myself and those around me.
Learning can seem like a risk because we often approach learning as though it’s something we do while putting life on hold. But that can quickly become a barrier to learning. It fails to recognize the opportunities for learning with each decision and each interaction we have during the day. That openness to learning and changing is a useful skill that makes each day valuable. If we believe our personalities and minds are set in stone, then it’s very easy to feel like ageing is a decline. Everything in the universe decays and falls apart. So if we’re not growing, we’re slowly falling apart. But if we continue to grow and invest in personal growth, then we’re not falling apart and each year becomes an increasingly enjoyable experience.