Growing old is not just a fact of life—it’s also a blessing. But, when you wake up and you have aches and pains it can be hard to appreciate this miracle. Sometimes we need inspirational quotes to keep us motivated and upbeat about the future, and fortunately, some of the world’s most creative and brilliant minds have shared their wise thoughts on aging. Listed below are three Mindful quotes about aging that you can use as your personal mantra.
3 Mindful Quotes on Aging with Grace
Reach New Heights!
This mindful quote about reaching your potential comes from George Sand. George Sand was a pseudonym for Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dudevant (1804-1876), a French memoirist and novelist known for numerous works such as Indiana. One of her many famous quotes is:
“It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides.”
If you’re feeling particularly gloomy one morning this is the quote that will perk you up.
Make a New Start
It’s a mistake to believe that all of life’s adventures begins and ends in our youth. The potential for achievements only grows as we get older, but it’s up to us to try. Betty Friedan held similar beliefs. In fact, Betty Friedan (1921-2006), known for her book The Feminine Mystique, once said:
“Aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.”
So, as you get older remember to embrace change. Challenging yourself can help you achieve new opportunities.
Redefine the Word: “Age”
Altering your attitude about growing older means first rethinking the actual word “age.” Gabriel García Márquez (1927- 2014) suggests doing just that. The Colombian author and journalist was well known for his works of magical realism and in one of his novels, Love in the Time of Cholera, he wrote:
“Age has no reality except in the physical world. The essence of a human being is resistant to the passage of time. Our inner lives are eternal, which is to say that our spirits remain as youthful and vigorous as when we were in full bloom. Think of love as a state of grace, not the means to anything, but the alpha and omega. An end in itself.”
So, don’t focus on the physical attributes of age—wrinkles or age spots. The essence of your humanity lies within. A youthful spirit is what truly matters.
Bonus. Interested in more Mindful quotes about aging? Check back later for part two of this blog.