Ahead of me lies many possibilities for wonderful things to happen. I avoid using my age as a barrier to accomplishment. Youthful exuberance comes from within. I use it to enhance my drive to go after goals.

I am as young as I feel.

I use that belief to push myself to achieve career and education objectives, and important life goals.

The world is full of those who are younger than me, but I avoid feeling intimidated. I am willing to share my authentic knowledge and wisdom with those younger than I am to help them benefit from my experiences.

I also know that there are people older than I am who are deserving of respect, and when I can talk with them and gain from their beliefs and experiences, I will take the time to do so. Knowing that there is a wealth of wisdom in their lives and that I am blessed to listen to them helps me to strive to make those connections.

When I open myself up to new knowledge and the growth that results, it keeps my brain active. An engaged mind is youthful and energetic. I can think quickly and accurately because I exercise my powerful mental tools.

Physical fitness is also important to me. Taking the time to keep my body healthy is worthwhile because I am worth it. No matter what my current level of fitness, there are things I can do to help increase it.

Although my body is less flexible as I age, I will be intentional about keeping it fit and healthy.

I commit to daily exercise and healthy eating. The challenges of life are more manageable when I commit to living healthily at any age.

Today, my youthfulness of mind and heart comes across in my interactions with others. I embrace my age and the experience that comes with it. I am also happy to be able to live as if that age stays the same.

About the Author Dianne Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 50+ to Amplify their Self-Confidence, Deepen their Self-Knowledge, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling, Affirmations, and Assessments.

You can learn how to use these time-tested proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

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