5 affirmations to connect with the beauty of growing older

I was recently asked a question, which prompted me to reflect on turning 40. It really got me thinking, and it was a question I pondered all day. Because being able to grow old is a privilege, a privilege I’m acutely aware of. So, if you too are preparing for your birthday, I’ve written this blog post for you and pulled together 5 affirmations for you to connect with the beauty of turning another year older.

Age is just a number 

In the run up to turning 40, my energy has been high, there’s so many things happening and I feel pulled to do it all. Which is why I organised a one day photography exhibition 40 Frames for 40 which is taking place at the Joseph Wales Studio in Margate on Saturday 6th April 2024. This exhibition will be followed by a day of photography talks and workshops on Sunday 7th April as I share my knowledge and experience with others.        

This comes from a realisation and assurance I now have in myself that I firmly know who I am. Because for most of my life, I’ve not really known who I am, I’ve not felt like myself or comfortable in my own skin.

So much surrender

Four years on from the pandemic, what was such a traumatic experience for the collective and individuals, I can look back and see that this surrender made me realise a lot about myself. I wouldn’t have realised it's a real thing to know who you are and to not have the constant questioning and searching, I often wondered what this would feel like. So to have got to this understanding by the time I’m 40, feels incredible.  

Every click of the shutter is a beautiful liminal moment 

As a radically-authentic brand and lifestyle photographer, who lives life cyclically in line with the wheel of the year, I understand just how precious life is - how every single moment and shutter click is a beautiful, liminal moment. 

It’s this awareness that makes me want to do all the things and to eek out every single moment. There’s so much to see and experience in the world and to connect with this on a daily basis is awe inspiring.

Liminality is about the transition, the movement from one moment to the next. Just like with the ebb and flow of the high and the low tides I very much feel this is a metaphor for appreciating life.  

Life is constantly in motion, it’s not a straight line, it too ebbs and flows and goes up and down, and when you understand this, that’s the secret to a beautiful life. 

I don’t have a five year goal 

As women we’re taught beauty is attached to youth, but I disagree, I see older women, incredible trailblazers, and I’m deeply drawn to them and their wisdom - this to me is pure beauty. This is the woman that I want to be. 

Other than that. I don’t have a goal, I couldn’t tell you where I want to be in five years because If I’m honest I find questions like that quite suffocating and limiting. Why limit ourselves to something we feel we should achieve by a certain age.  

I think that’s why I’m finding short term things which feel alive to me in the moment and speaking to me right now, like deciding to organise a photography exhibition, with a month’s notice. But that’s how my brain works, and that’s ok by me. The only person setting my agenda is me.    

It’s just a number 

I don’t have an attachment to birthdays, age is just a number, it’s irrelevant. What’s more important is the agency and wisdom you have from having reached this age. 

I want to tread a path that supports people and planet and celebrates the fact we get to be alive, every single day.  

There’s the whole social construct about a birthday and ageing. But when you actually see ageing as something that’s a privilege and especially to age in a body that’s been healthy,  each day becomes magical and full of potential.  

To wake up each day with that liminality ahead of you, where the possibilities are endless. That is indeed a beautiful gift.

Growing older is something I’ve become comfortable with 

I now trust in the timing that things come and find me.  

That they happen when I have the resources to do then.  

When I focus on the present moment and joy it presents. 

So loves I’m really excited about growing older and showing up in the world exactly as I am. 

This is the woman I’m proud to be.  

So, if you too are preparing for your birthday, I’ve pulled together 5 affirmations for you to connect with the beauty of turning another year older. 

5 affirmations to connect with the beauty of growing older

Embracing growth: With each passing year, I embrace the opportunity for growth and self-discovery. I welcome the wisdom and experiences that come with another year added to my journey.

Gratitude for time: I am grateful for the gift of time and the chance to continue evolving into the person I am meant to be. Every year brings new opportunities and possibilities waiting to unfold.

Beauty in experience: Each year brings a tapestry of experiences, both joyful and challenging, that shape my character and deepen my understanding of the world around me. I cherish the beauty found in the richness of these experiences.

Celebrating milestones: As I celebrate another year of life, I honour the milestones and accomplishments that have marked my journey. Each year is a testament to my resilience, strength, and capacity for growth.

Living in the moment: I find beauty in nature and the present moment, cherishing the simple joys and blessings that surround me. Age is but a marker of time, but true beauty lies in the ability to fully embrace and appreciate the present.

Here's to embracing these liminal moments.

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