A few nights ago, Kevin and I had some new friends from church over to play games. They’re younger than us but also our contemporaries in the sense that they’re a married couple with jobs. We had a great time, but things got a little weird when we started talking about where we were on September 11, 2001. I was starting my second year at my first post-college job; they were in fifth grade.
I felt old.
Maybe it’s because I’m past my mid-30s now and careening toward my next decade, but I’ve been thinking a lot about getting older. Most of the things we associate with aging — wrinkles, slowing metabolisms, ticking biological clocks — aren’t good. This can make celebrating another birthday seem like a bit of a tragedy. But it shouldn’t be.
Whether you’re in your early 20s, or a decade (or two) past that, consider these reasons getting older is the way to go (as if you had a choice!):
1. You’re more comfortable in your own skin.
When I was approaching my 30s, a…