Why getting older should be celebrated

Chris Pugh
Editor's Notebook

Chris Pugh Editor's Notebook

Former UFC Champion Ronda Rousey poses for a picture.

Getting older isn’t fun.

You start to ache a little more, your hair starts turning grey and you get tired a little earlier in the evening.

It’s not good.

You also know you’re getting older when pop culture references that meant a lot to you (80s and 90s) get met with blank stares from younger people.

I just turned 41 last month and I’m still getting used to it.

I remember turning 30 and sharing how old I felt to a friend, who told me to shut up and love it, since 30s where the best decade.

Now I wish that time would come back.

Getting older also helps your math skills.

I have a 3-year-old at home.

By the time she graduates high school, I will be 56.

I’m already tired when I chase her around now.

But age is a lot more than depression or math, it’s what you make of it.

Age is like a fine wine.

I know 80-somethings who look and feel like they are 20 and 30-somethings who look and feel like they’re 130.

What can you do about it?

To me, part of it is health and fitness but another huge part is what your attitude is like.

Each day we wake up and our feet hit the floor, we’re blessed.

I’m fortunate to be 41.

Not everyone is that lucky.

Enjoy life.

I got sad this week listening to UFC fighter Ronda Rousey say in a televised interview that she considered suicide after a loss.

“What am I anymore if I’m not this?,” she said. “I was literally sitting there and thinking about killing myself and that exact second I’m like, ‘I’m nothing, what do I do anymore, and no one gives a [expletive] about me anymore without this.’”

That’s so untrue.

Rousey’s life has value.

Not because of her athletic skills, but because of her as a person.

My hope is that Rousey can find the answers she needs in life.

Getting older can be tough, but getting older is better than the alternative.

Chris Pugh
Editor’s Notebook
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Former UFC Champion Ronda Rousey poses for a picture.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/38/2016/02/web1_322px-Ronda_Rousey.jpegFormer UFC Champion Ronda Rousey poses for a picture.