....the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes".
This may seem like a simplistic way of describing the subjective experience of aging, but it is true!
As I am now in the back half of my life, I am becoming increasingly introspective and am dwelling more on the finite nature of existence. Some of my friends and clients, not to mention my mother, are well advanced in years.
I don't believe in getting depressed about getting older. For one thing - you can't do anything about it! My advice for someone in this situation is: accept it, keep yourself in top shape in every way, and enjoy the benefits of wisdom and experience. Female colleagues and friends bemoan impending menopause, aging skin, and bodies that don't look and feel the way they used to. Exercise and a great diet, HRT and a skilled cosmetic surgeon can help with all of that :-)
I see working with older adults as a natural professional segue for the evolution of my training business. To this end I am acquiring my international certification as a Senior Fitness Specialist this summer.
It's actually quite fun having better judgment and ability to prioritize, and to not give a rat's a** about so much of the stuff that I stressed over in my 20's and 30's. Detaching from outcomes and the tendency to be governed by the opinions of others - is so liberating! I'm actually a nicer individual now, because I'm not invested in outcomes and I don't take anything personally.
If I could give myself some advice now, it would be: Do all the cool stuff in the near future that you want to experience in this lifetime; don't wait until you are 70+ and "retired". Time to revisit the bucket list - the roll of toilet paper isn't getting any bigger.