“In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” – Oscar Wilde
I love the joy in the eyes of a grandparent greeting a child. To me, a silver-haired woman toiling in her garden in well-worn overalls is a soulful sight. There’s something invigorating about a man in bifocals hollering his happy, super-fan lungs out at a sporting event. Elderly couples who hold hands always make me smile.
I stand in awe of the true beauty that comes with age.
I make no bones about it: the physical act of aging is hard. Gray hairs, wrinkles, and degenerating disks aren’t something most of us strive to have. I’m fortunate that as a nurse and clinical aesthetician, I can help people cope with some of the physical aspects of aging. Together, we upkeep the house in which the better parts of them dwell. But the pursuit of youth is not my goal; it’s helping with the maintenance of youthfulness. Youthfulness comes with living a spiritually, mentally, and physical healthy life. If you need a visual, take a look at 95-year-old retired ballerina, Maia Helles.
As we mature, we hone our passions, recognize what we do and don’t want, and weed out things that sap us of happiness. In the later years, we can volunteer more, a selfless generosity that nurtures the soul. We can express ourselves better and show more grace towards others, warts and all, which strengthens relationships. We can indulge in travel, which feeds the mind and spirit. We can confidently lord over our little patches of this planet in decades-old overalls, and cheer loudest and wildest from the stands for our favorite sports teams. We can be the grandparent that lights up a child’s eyes. We can know the incredible beauty of love that’s survived the dark places.
True wisdom, freedom, passion, gratitude, and authentic living come only with age—and these are the infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you because they belong to your soul. These are what make you beautiful.