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Dear Poll: How Do You Feel About Getting Older?

Everyone loves to say that 40 is the new 30, but is that because we're living longer or because plastic surgeons keep us looking younger and younger? Either way, getting older isn't just about gaining wisdom, it's also about facing insecurities. Sure, who wouldn't want to stay 21 forever, right on the cusp of adulthood, but personally, I think Jeana on The Real Housewives of Orange County hit the nail right on the head when she said, "If you're not getting older, you're dead." So how do you feel about getting older? Do you look forward to each birthday or do you dread them?


emma- emma- 9 years
Wow...some great comments here....they give me hope....
Beachwalker Beachwalker 9 years
There is a lot of wisdom in all of your comment, because they come from where you are at right now. I'm 54. You keep growing, and learning, some of your values change, so some of the stuff you are dreading earlier in life, doesn't matter so much, sometimes. Lots of Vitamin E, that takes care of your insides and outside. Calcium which I ignored earlier is a good idea to start young. I have been thin and fat over the years, now I am in between, and try to stay within a five pound range. I have to work hard at that. Life has taught me some interesting things, I have been gifted often, have met the most amazing and profound people, have made some wonderful friends, have a great husband, though we had our times, and imperfect as I was growing, I ended growing up a Great daughter!! What I kept: God is in all of us, try to be kind, love yourself even when you don't, everything happens for a reason, be in the moment - it really is the only time that you have that is guaranteed! I learned sometimes you have to be humble, sometimes you have to be strong, sometimes it hurts, you can't always be happy, sometimes growing feels greatsometimes you need to stop and breathe and see what happens, there is lots of joy and love to give and recieve,and when you give something up you thought for sure you should have, you usually find out later there is something that is better for you anyways. I think this might be my first blog.
KF4RR3LL KF4RR3LL 9 years
I think the unrealistic expectations I set for myself in my teens (regarding career, relationships and babies) contribute to the feelings of dread with each birthday. I turn 27 tomorrow and though I have an AMAZING husband and am content in most areas of my life, I am always running from the feeling that I haven't done as much as I would have liked in my 27 years. I am ready to feel 100% comfortable with where I am and who I am... maybe by the time I'm 28 ;-)
gigill gigill 9 years
I've always loved birthdays up until this year, when the ol' 2-5 struck me a little harder than it should. It just reminded me that I'm close the the really scary age of 28-25 full of babies, responsibility and decisions. Luckily at my age I feel like I'm still free to float around without people saying, "Aren't you a little old for that?" I'm looking forward to my mid-30s when all that pressure is finally off!
XSofieX XSofieX 9 years
I'm a bit ambigious about age since I love getting older and experiencing new things (and looking older since I'm always mistaken for 16) but I also feel a bit stressed about certain things that I have yet to accomplish. But age is just a number right ;) ?
smp7328 smp7328 9 years
I will be 30 this year and i am so ready for it. I hated most of my 20s so it will be nice to kind of start over with this new chapter of my life.
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
I dont like getting older, but then again, what am I really afraid of? If I think back to how much I have learned and how much my life has improved over the years, I would never want stay younger.
workin9to5 workin9to5 9 years
I loved when Jeanna on Real Housewives said that! I guess I get tired of all my friends complaining--seems like they have every year since turning 21. So I actually repeated Jeanna's phrase to some friends of mine the other day and they were like, yeah, guess you have a point. Growing older means that you are still living your life, and I think that is a wonderful thing to be embraced. Plus, I would never want to be 21 again--no money, no career to call my own, not much independence...I actually love being an adult!
Indigo4320 Indigo4320 9 years
Maybe it's just super early in the morning...but that cupcake looks delish!!! =o) Getting older is just part of life. The way you live you life defines the way you you can complain about wrinkles, and complain about not being able to stay thin...but if you're smoking, frowning all the time and eating a box of cupcakes like the one in the picture, then you'll look and feel your age. It's important to keep a young healthy outlook on life and stay active, smile a lot and eat less cupcakes = ) I wouldn't say I'm pumped to have wrinkles and sun spots...but I hope by that time I can say I've earned them and I've enjoyed the time it took to get them.
girllovewarrior girllovewarrior 9 years
i am 'only' 23, but I am all about embracing age, my mother is a wonderful example to me. If there is anything I find aging and plain ugly, it is when insecure not too bright people start multilating their face/body with plastic surgery... a word of advice to those gluefaces; when you do plastic surgery, you do not look younger, you just simply look like you did plastic surgery :) If you are, say 45 and you want to look 25, you obviously have not learned anything and you do not deserve your age. People who learn from life, live it beautifully and in respect for themselves and their nature, will always remain beautiful.
dania_r dania_r 9 years
i Hate birthdayssss.. because i felt a little bit old.. but i love the giftssss
magpie22 magpie22 9 years
i'll be 21 in march, and i'm really bummed about it, haha. not because of physically getting older, because i honestly can't wait to be done with acne etc (really, shouldn't that be gone by now? i AM 20! haha) but because there are so many things i thought i would have accomplished by now that i haven't, from silly little things like reading certain books, to more serious things like having a real job (yeah, i've been working for my dad during the summers haha) or having an actual long-term relationship. So yeah, being an adult starting next year at graduation is exciting, but i know that if someone told me at 14 that i would have so many things not done by now, i would think they were crazy. but i can't wait until i am mature enough/married so i can have babies!! always things to look forward to.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I love getting older, I will be 30 in 2009 and I can't wait. I have been planning activities for the whole year. I still look young, I get carded, and I am so glad I know what I know now. I am especially happy how my life has changed and continues to get better.
burnsjl burnsjl 9 years
All of you are so young! I'm turning 50 in March, and although I should probably be celebrating, I'm bummed because a friend around my age died recently. It brings back a lot of past memories of how much fun I used to have when I was in my 20's and makes me feel old. I'll get over it, though. I do have a great husband (who I didn't meet until I was 37) and I'm looking forward to the future being better!
plasticapple plasticapple 9 years
I'm 26 as well. I don't really feel old or depressed about my age. Except once when I was watching I Love New York and she said she was 25. That made me feel old for a minute.
LuvLeoDiCaprio LuvLeoDiCaprio 9 years
I am 26 and don't mind it now that things are coming in to place and plus it helps to have friends that are older than you ;)
time_after_time time_after_time 9 years
I just turned 23 last friday. All the most interesting parts of life are just beginning for me, so BRING IT ON!!!!! I'm about to graduate, get my own place, and hopefully get married all in the next 5 years.
letsgetloud21 letsgetloud21 9 years
I am 21 and I feel like I am 40.. I have been through so much shit in my life,that I already feel old..
happycty happycty 9 years
Aging sucks but what can you do about it, right? But the thing is, I don't feel old. I still feel like when I was 18 and hopefully I will feel like that every year.
Jeny Jeny 9 years
I'm 24 now and will be 25 in a month. I'm in my mid-twenties.. Life couldn't be any better. I'm looking forward to all life has in store for me at any age.! ;-)
melizzle melizzle 9 years
I had a mini mental breakdown when I turned 20. I'm sure the will happen at 30...
bethiesny bethiesny 9 years
My 30s have been wonderful so far (I'm 34). However, I think it's so interesting that this topic has come up, because my boyfriend of 5 years broke up with my recently - just after he turned 30. He was freaked out by that milestone, so much so that he dumped me and less than two months later was with a 21 year old he met on the Internet!!!
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 9 years
Although I'm happy not being a young'un anymore...I certainly wish my body could stay in the shape it was back then! I just can't bounce back like I used to 10 years ago. Geez, and I'm only 36! Ack! I still can't believe I'm a few years away from FORTY!
lilwildone1202 lilwildone1202 9 years
i think the reason why getting older kinda bums me out in a way is bc i guess i had too high of expectations of what my life would be at 24. not that my life isn't good- its just i guess i thought things would be different... plus getting older means having to watch my younger cousins/best friends kids grow up and that just makes me feel older haha
bastille_75 bastille_75 9 years
Since turning 20 I try to make the most of every decade!! I loved my twenty and found out a lot about myself and what will and will not put up with!!!! Now, in my 30s and love it (i'm 32) - its about embracing who I am (cheese I know- but true) and growing even more as person with greater challenges comes greater opportunities to develop! I look forward to seeing what my 40s, 50s, and 60s, will bring and God willing my 70s and 80s!!!
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