Age can be a limitation or inspiration

With my birthday around the corner, I have time and again caught myself low-key panicking at the thought of getting older. I have since gotten over it but truth be told, at the start of this year and the way tweny tweny took a whole unexpected drastic turn, I panicked even more. However, thanks to a lesson I’ve been learning through lockdown to give my emotions a voice, I decided to sit with this panic to hear it out and see what thoughts I’d get out of it. I’m learning not to let emotions exhaust me in vain so if I can get a lesson or two out of it, I milk it to the very last drop.

So this month’s dose of affirmation is inspired by the sit down chat I had with myself during my panicky season at the thought of turning a year older. I hope as you read this post, you’ll be encouraged as I was. And I hope that whatever emotions are giving you anxiety, you’ll be able to sit them down and hear what they have to say to you. You just never know the growth that could come out of your moment of weakness, doubt, worry, fear or whatever it is you’re struggling with at the time.

I feel like the older I get, the more inspired I am to dream even bigger and sometimes these dreams terrify me. Somehow I draw inspiration from looking back at how far I have come because it sets my soul on fire and is like wind to my wings. Reflecting on all my highs and lows, thick and thin, storms and rainbows and everything in between, realizing that I overcame all that and knowing that I’m still here always reminds me that there’s still so much more in store that I’m yet to experience.

Age can start to be a limitation if we look at it that way. Cringing at the thought of that number getting bigger and bigger with each passing year. Allowing it to push you to a place of comparison, feeling like you’ve not accomplished enough. The pressure from unmet timelines which were mostly set by society or yourself begins rising. You find yourself dwelling on the hurt and disappointment of life, letting that harden and close your heart. And before long, you find yourself settling, compromising, dragging through life, choosing mediocrity, doing the bare minimum and everything in between. Then the moments begin to pass you by, life starts to weigh you down and you find yourself dreading every day that comes your way.

Truth is, age is just a number and we get to decide whether propels us to push forward [which it should] or drag you far back [which it shouldn’t]. It’s all in how you choose to see it, perspective is everything! You can either decide to stay inspired or allow yourself to be limited; the choice is yours! And the excuse shouldn’t be in dwelling on what life hands you but the choice should be in how you decide to respond or react. As long as you have life, live it fully to the very best version of yourself each day and remember, age can be such a limitation but you can decide to make it your inspiration. Of course it’s easier said than done but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done…what you tell yourself, shapes who you become.

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I’m curious though [as usual] haha, do you get anxiety at the thought of getting older? How do you deal with this? And if you don’t get panicky like some of us, also how do you do it? Kindly share in the comment section and let’s cheer each other on because life is better lived together. Also incase you missed out the introductory post about the recently added sections to our “Everything Written” street, worry not, I gatchu. You can still get all the tea. Otherwise thanks for reading and I wish you a beautifully blessed week. Keep going!

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Published by: Dee Gash

My story...your story...our stories make up our history that will live on long even after our journey on earth ends! Let’s keep it written! I am all about this Writing Life...I believe we all have a story to tell and this is my version! I’m humbled that you get to read it. Take a seat and let’s hear from each other.

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18 thoughts on “Age can be a limitation or inspiration”

  1. As a person that is a year or two older than my peers , age becomes an issue of “I’m I doing something wrong “ but then I am reminded of different seasons and different people . It is okay not to be at the same age or season as everyone. Enjoy your own journey rather than comparing it to others .
    Beautiful post Pearl

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  2. Great read Pearl. I was going through this a few months ago towards my birthday as well. My birthday is like my new year’s day and that’s when I evaluate/assess myself. I get so anxious assessing what I’ve accomplished, what I had hoped to accomplish and what I could have accomplished. And yes, it gets worse every other year because I aspire to better every other year and have new(bigger) goals, targets and dreams.
    But sometimes taking a step back to appreciate what I’ve done for myself helps a little bit and reminds me to be grateful to God and keep hoping for the best and working towards that.
    I worry and get anxious about not achieving all/most of my dreams every other day.
    Thanks for the new lesson to ‘allow myself be inspired by age and not be limited by it’ ♥

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    1. Awwwww Paget this is refreshing to read, thank you so much for sharing and for the reminder to see our birthdays as a new year, using it as an opportunity to look back in gratitude. About being worried & anxious it happens because as humans we are inadequate but may God’s peace guard our hearts & minds in Him as we surrender. Thanks for passing by🥳

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  3. We fear to age because when the first humans there were to live forever till they sinned, the positive from growing old was experience

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  4. I chose to look at every new added age as an opportunity to be a blessing on this Earth.
    I find myself concentrating more on what more of myself I need to maximize in the new year each time my birthday draws close

    Thanks for this

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  5. I’m with you on listening to our emotions.

    I’m always very excited about turning a new age cause I see it as a new opportunity to try out new things, to enjoy life and chase my dreams. 💃

    Happy birth month hun.💓

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  6. I relate to this. I had anxiety when my birthday came. I started to count my achievements and how many more years I had before I am thirty.

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  7. Happy birthday Dee♥️ I get excited about the new year ever since I learnt how to speak into my years, borrowed this idea from the Hebrew culture, this keeps me expectant at all the newness coming my way but also gratefulness that I am still here for much more.

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    1. Thanks Feona 🥰🥰wow this is something I should pick up and speak life in to my years. Thank you so much for sharing🥳🥳and gratitude is a must💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻you know it sis!

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