Monday, January 5, 2009

Being Older Means Things Change About Us

I've noticed a lot of things changing about myself over the last 46 years. Lots and lots of things. Not all for the worst either. Oh I know you're all thinking I'm talking about changes to our once at least mine anyways youthful, taut, ripe bodies. Sure our bodies got older what with all the gravity involved, new hairs shining where we don't really want them, sparse hair in other places, and certain parts of our bodies being dry, while other parts are extremely oily and wet. Putting all this aside I'm not talking about my body changing but several other things about myself.

Take taste for instance. In my younger days you could not make me eat certain foods. Like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, asparagus spears, olives. I've noticed since getting older that I have found myself wanting to try these particular types of foods. No this didn't occur over a one night span or even in one year, but in the course of years. When I was pregnant with my son 27 years ago I woke up one day craving, I mean totally craving, asparagus spears. This I found to be odd as I had never even tried them. Not one time. After trying them I was hooked for life. How had I ever not wanted to try them? I guess as we get older and mature our taste buds do as well. I like to think this is one of the perks of getting older. Trying new foods and not just acquiring a taste for them but actually liking and enjoying them from the get go. My poor mouth had been missing out.

Other changes I've noticed about myself over these last years is that I no longer care if I make the entire world happy around me. I no longer strive to fit in, be part of the "in crowd". You either like or you don't. I don't give a rats ass anymore. I am ME and happy to be this way. That's a huge bonus for me growing older. I used to be a real patsy and swear I had "use me and abuse me" stamped into my forehead. Not anymore I don't. I say it like it is! I've learned to stand up for myself in life, after all it's my job to do this. No one else's except mine. I've learned to be strong given these many years in life. And so help me God, watch out cause if I'm not careful I'll end up having many more "Tawanda" moments in life. You have to admit when you have one it feels great.

I've also noticed my change in clothing styles. Now instead of choosing what looks great no matter the cost and is in style, I go more for what's comfortable and still looks good. Classic styles that never go out of style. But at the same time being what suits me, not others. I like doing this, it makes me happy. It's just funny for the first time in my life I feel I can do this. If I don't want to wear makeup to work, who cares? I know I am more than makeup because what counts is me on the inside.

Another thing I've noticed about myself a lot is my change in music. I used to be and at times still am a huge rock fan, country fan, but now I am more drawn to New Age and Coffee House. My new play list is my new favorites. I have no idea what style of music this is. None whatsoever, someone please enlighten me on what style it is. I am clueless here. I caught myself one day listening to blogger friends play lists. Seeing what type of music they enjoyed listening to. The majority of these I have to admit I stole from Country Girl over at Dreams of a Country Girl. I am really glad I decided to listen in on her style of music. Now I'm hooked.

Has anyone else besides me noticed this type of change in yourself as you've gotten older? I really would like to know. Share with me some of your changes.

And remember to open your mind and explore new things. You might just like em. Be unique and yourself at all times. No matter what anyone else thinks.

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Snooty Primadona said...

OMG! I could have written this myself! I used to care so much about what certain people thought about me... now I entirely question my thoughts back then. So, AMEN Sistah! Thank God we finally gain wisdom with age (it was about time)! There had to be something that could ease the pain of wrinkling, sagging skin, right?

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

I could not have said that any better! There's beauty in uniqueness. Arent we beautiful??

Mental P Mama said...

Beautiful, Treasia! I couldn't agree more. And aren't you glad you discovered asparagus? I love the stuff.

SondreLyn said...

I totally agree! I couldn't have said it better! I love Tawanda! She is SO what I want to be! And the pregnancy thing makes me laugh. I used to hate mushrooms, with a passion. Then one day while I was pregnant with my first child, all of a sudden I NEEDED them. Isn't that funny? Now, of course, I love them.

I have noticed in the last few years a sense of freedom I have never had before. I am more willing to take a chance, go someplace on my own. I think that is one of the benefits of my kids growing up and going away. I am thinking, "What would I like to do? What would I like to see? Where would I like to go?" hm, after all these years... who knew?... I have an opinion!

Grandma J said...

I still won't try new foods, but I've developed a sense of acceptance of myself. Comfort takes priority over style, and health over indulgence.

Gail said...

You have become a mature, wise woman...enjoy it!
I do like that music!

Big Hair Envy said...

I am enjoying the changes...for me, they have been liberating! Honestly, I think I am a WAY cooler person now than I was in my glory days - saggy, gray & all:)

KARIN said...

My hubs brought home some perfume a while ago (Lovely by SJ Parker) and I guess my olfactory thingies have worn out because it doesn't smell like anything to me. I just couldn't get what all the fuss was about with that perfume- didn't smell like anything to me. But then someone told me I smelled nice- I was probably reeking of the stuff. I just can't smell it. Oh well :(

playsdolls said...

I just found your blog and I love this post,it is so true .In the last few years I have noticed so many changes,like the food I now eat anything green,salads I use to hate now I love.And I have gained the most wonderful attituide that I just enjoy and alot of people hate.It is a don't mess with me you might not like what you hear.