Maturity and emotional health: Naomi Judd on aging

Naomi Judd writes in one of her books about the power of self-direction and healthy self-regard:

“It was a life-affirming breakthrough when I saw I could choose not to allow the culture, media, and some ad agency to impose harmful, unrealistic views and ideas about beauty, size, and age on me.

Naomi Judd“Ever since then, I’m okay with growing older.

“I see it as something I’m going toward, rather than something to run away from.

“You can’t stop the river, let’s go with the flow.

“I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in my life — married and with a child at eighteen, struggles with money and inappropriate men as a single mom, fame, fortune, and marriage to a wonderful man in my late thirties, forced retirement due to a supposed terminal illness in my late forties, and then the reinvention of myself as an author and a speaker, and with my own TV show in my fifties.

“I’ve survived so much stuff that my personal history (her story) is a testament to how not to sweat the stuff that’s out of your control.”

She continues, “When I can’t control outer circumstances, I choose to change your reaction. That means you and I can change our reaction to aging too.

“Aging is one of those things that you just can’t control. As you and I grow older, changes in our physical appearance, as well as our mental capacity, are inevitable.

“Entropy isn’t what it used to be (pun intended).

“We can’t bargain with the clock, but we can react by making the best choices. One most important choice is to choose to be at peace with ourselves exactly as we are.”

Naomi Judd – from her book Naomi’s Guide to Aging Gratefully: Facts, Myths, and Good News for Boomers

The image is from her Facebook page and also the cover of her book River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope.

Read quotes from the book in this post on one of my Facebook pages: Emotional Health and Creativity.


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