Today, one of my colleagues mentioned that many students who attempted an essay question on “aging gracefully” did not actually know what it meant. A quick poll of several students, including some who actually read, confirmed this.
“We’re not about growing old gracefully. We’re about never growing old.”
What aging gracefully is not:
- Obsession with removing wrinkles with Botox
- Lip plumping and face lifts to fight the signs of aging
- Dying one’s hair to hide the grey
- Marrying a 20-year-old if you’re 60 for the sake of feeling young
- Behaving in a manner that typifies youthfulness, even if your aging body cannot handle it
Generally, someone who does not age gracefully rejects and goes against the natural aging process.
What ageing gracefully is:
- Accepting those wrinkles
- Not covering up the outward signs of aging
- Behaving in a way that accepts that one’s aging body may not be able to engage in certain activities anymore
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