Since I recently stepped into the third decade of my life, it has made me realize that I am, in fact, getting older. I still feel (and occasionally act) like a 19-year-old, but I am become much more conscious of the long-term effects each of my actions has on my mind and body. I stumbled upon an article written for The Chalkboard by Kris Carr, and she summed up my feelings pretty perfectly. While she is a decade older than I am, it is never to early to start living well to make sure you keep looking and feeling great well into your later years!
“At the start of an important decade, I find myself reflecting on the notion of aging gracefully. The word graceful makes it seem easy. Like if I embrace linen, simple makeup and tie my hair neatly, elegance will be mine. Hmmm, not sure I buy that. Aging gracefully takes more dedication than many of us think. Aging gracefully involves a healthy diet, green juice and smoothies, hydration, sleep, stress reduction and a good dose of love and mental health. Forgiveness. Gratitude. Joy. Clearing the unfinished business in our lives. All this important work makes grace deposits into our aging bank account.
I don’t know about you, but I really want to look great into my 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond. I want to hike steep mountains, take challenging and adventurous expeditions, and dare I say it – look cute in a tiny bikini long after I’m “supposed” to wear a tiny bikini!” – Kris Carr