How Do I Feel About Growing Old? – June 9.2011

I  would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life,  my loving
family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As  I’ve aged, I’ve become
kinder to myself, and less critical  of myself. I’ve become my own
friend. I don’t chide myself  for eating that extra cookie, or for not
making my bed,  or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn’t need,  but
looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a  treat, to be
messy, to be extravagant.

I have  seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon;  before
they understood the great freedom that comes with  aging.

Whose  business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer  until
4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself  to those wonderful
tunes of the 60 &70’s, and if I, at  the same time, wish to weep over a
lost love …. I  will.

I  will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over  a bulging
body, and will dive into the waves with abandon  if I choose to, despite
the pitying glances from the jet  set.

They,  too, will get old.
I know I am sometimes  forgetful.
But there again, some of life is just as  well forgotten. And I
eventually remember the important  things.

Sure,  over the years my heart has been broken. How can your  heart not
break when you lose a loved one, or when a child  suffers, or even when
somebody’s beloved pet gets hit by a  car? But broken hearts are what
give us strength and  understanding and compassion. A heart never broken
is  pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being
imperfect.

I  am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair  turning
grey, and to have my youthful laughs be forever  etched into deep
grooves on my face. So many have never  laughed, and so many have died before their hair
could  turn silver.

As  you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less  about
what other people think. I don’t question myself  anymore.
I’ve even earned the right to be  wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being  old. It has set me free. I
like the person I have become.  I am not going to live forever, but
while I am still here,  I will not waste time lamenting what could have
been, or  worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every day if I want to!

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About Robynn

Robynn Jaymes has spent her whole life in radio… 30 years!! And almost half of them have been at Star Country. Originally from Cincinnati, Robynn came to the area as a Liberty University student. Along with all things country music, Robynn is a big fan of Football!—The Virginia Tech Hokies, The Washington Redskins and, of course, the Cincinnati Bengals. And also, “I’m addicted to the Weather Channel,” she says. Right now, Robynn is a big fan if the music coming from Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum and Kenny Chesney! Robynn is also a winner of the Billboard Air Personality of the Year award. Hear all new Warm & Fuzzies with Robynn M-F at 11:45AM!

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