You’re Not Aging, You’re Growing!

Today, as is my want, I was taking a beautiful walk on the trail. The Sandhill Cranes are back.

The Sandhill Crane has one of the longest fossil histories of any extant bird (Wikipedia). In other words, they’re dinosaurs. If you’ve ever heard their Spring mating call, you can imagine what Teradactles (you know the flying dinosaurs?) sounded like. It’s uncanny.  Sandhill cranes always amaze me at how ancient they are, how they’ve adapted to the present, always improving as they ‘age’. It’s a gift to be able to see and hear them.

So, although the Sandhill Crane is one of the closest descendants to the dinosaurs and they are ancient, they’ve grown into an amazing and beautiful creature. They’ve aged very well.

Carmen Dell’Orefice, who graced the cover of Vogue at 15 years of age will turn 81 this year–and is still modeling. Although she apparently lost her life savings (twice–once during the Bernie Madoff scandal), and if truth be told she models out of necessity, we are privileged to view this incredibly beautiful woman still walking the runways.

And, can anyone say that this ‘aged’ tree is anything but magnificent in its ‘old age’?I like not to think about aging, but about growing. There is such a stigma (negative) associated with the idea of aging especially in this country. We fear it.  We never stop to think that, especially if we take care of ourselves, nurture our growth, that we CAN turn back the hand of time, and make ourselves even younger as we grow, not to mention stronger for the lines that come after us.

So, it is possible to grow, to grow and not be ashamed of the effects of aging, but to become even more beautiful, with all the wrinkles, sagging, sage wisdom of the dinosaur-crane, Carmen, glorious, ancient trees–to actually grow more beautiful, to grow younger with age.

Like fine wine women improve with age is a saying attributed to the French.

And there are people about which other people say, “you never seem to age!”  What is their secret?

It’s obviously in the attitude. Does a tree worry about how old it’s getting? Does a crane complain that it is millions of years old? Think about that! It has survived all this time, improved, evolved, grown into what it is today. A true wonder.

They’re just happy to be alive while we get to enjoy the gift they give as they age so, so beautifully.

How do you feel about aging? Do you think people put too great an emphasis on youth?

Let me know in the comments.


{Photo credits: Dan Kaiser, Ford Models, Pinterest}

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