I'd like to blame my complaining on old age, but to be honest, I just like to bitch about things. Lately, there's been a lot of discussion about ageism. From Bill Maher's rant on HBO to the media's reaction to Renee Zellweger's face to the woman who skydived on her 100th birthday. With over 70 million of us boomers on the planet, we are fighting tooth and nail to stay young. We exercise, we follow eating fads, we use plastic surgery at an alarming rate. Here's the thing though: I kinda like being in my 50's. So, here's seven reasons why aging is actually cool.
1. Senior Discount
Even at 56, I get a multitude of discounts I didn't even know was possible. Coupons and discounts on car rentals, at hotels, at fast food places and DENNY'S!!! Of course, I can't eat anything at Denny's because of my high blood pressure and cholesterol, but still, DENNY'S!
2. No more buying sexy clothes.
No wasting money on clothes I will never wear. You know when my husband finds me the sexiest? When I am on my knees scrubbing the kitchen floor. He sees that and reacts with, "I'll give you Mr. Clean, baby!"
3. You don't give a sh*t.
It's so nice to be happy in your own skin, even if it looks like a Shar-Pei puppy's. I have nothing to prove to anyone. How great is it knowing I can just be myself and not worry about whether or not someone likes me? (To be honest, though, I've never cared what people think of me, so that's really NOT an age thing)
4. Priority Seating
From boarding an airplane to getting a seat on the bus, it's an old person's paradise, especially if you fake a limp.
I know, for instance, that taking a selfie while sniffing a line of cocaine is probably going to come back and bite me on the **. And all my nude photos were taken with a Polaroid camera, so they have disintegrated.
6. You can talk to yourself.
Seriously, you can pretty much talk to anything and people will look at you like, "Look at the cute old lady talking to the garbage can"
7. It's better than the alternative.
I mean being dead is soooo not cool.