Writer of ‘The Swedish Artwork Of Ageing Effectively’ — That’s Not My Age


‘Ageing is usually troublesome, but it surely doesn’t must be if you happen to strategy it in a means that isn’t too stuffed with drama or dread. And if you could find a solution to make ageing itself into an artwork, the place you might be inventive in the way you strategy every day, maybe it may be somewhat simpler,’ says 86-year-old writer Margareta Magnusson. In her newest e book The Swedish Art of Ageing Well Magnusson shares her recommendation on one of the best methods to embrace life, age joyfully and settle for change. She displays on her life as an artist and mom of 5, and suggests we must always not stay in worry of dying however fairly give attention to connecting with our family members and appreciating magnificence. The publishers, Canongate, have kindly let me share a few of Magnusson’s musings right here:


Hold an open thoughts. 

I need to admit I’ve not been open-minded on a regular basis. I simply want I had been. Irrespective of how historical you grow to be there are at all times new discoveries; new mindsets by means of which to see your life and the experiences you’ve got had. If you find yourself over 80, it’s straightforward to be indignant. There’s new stuff on a regular basis – new politicians, new nations, new wars, new applied sciences.. All the pieces is in reality new and getting newer on a regular basis. You have got two selections – be indignant or waft. Please strive the latter. To simply accept, even get pleasure from, the modifications might be actually enjoyable.

There’s that humorous phrase: ‘The older you get, the extra it appears like breakfast comes each fifteen minutes.’


Don’t fear about wrinkles.

My mother-in-law used to say, ‘Lord, I look utterly exhumed!’ She who had been one of many prettiest ladies in Gothenburg, with boys lining as much as ask for her hand. As she’d aged, in her eyes, my mother-in-law had come to assume that she had grow to be unattractive – when in actuality she hadn’t. To the remainder of us, a patina of heat and a well-loved life shone seen in her face. Hinging your life on wanting younger is such a foul concept. There are different methods to really feel younger. Giggle and attempt to have as a lot enjoyable as doable every day. To giggle might be simpler than taking capsules that may make us completely satisfied.

My physique has borne 5 kids, plus one who didn’t stay. This physique has died and woke up. This physique has sheltered me in storms and baked an unholy variety of truffles. This physique has laughed and planted gardens. I’ll by no means put a knife to my pores and skin for being wrinkled.


Volunteering makes you are feeling helpful and good about your self.

If you find yourself my age it’s vital to fill your thoughts and days with stuff to do; planning, serving to, considering and shifting round as a lot as you possibly can. You’ll have extra free time than anticipated. Whereas the world might not be ending, it could possibly at all times use somewhat further enhance. Become involved – it’ll enable you and it’ll assist the world. I don’t have as a lot power now, however I assist seniors discover ways to electronic mail and use the web. After they efficiently ship their first electronic mail, I see a glow of their faces. Additionally, I’ve met so many good folks doing it; some even turned lifelong mates.


Clear up after your self as you go alongside.

When I’m gone I wish to have helped clear up the world. I understood a lot too late in life that that is vital. However I’m not lifeless but and can spend each spare minute I’ve to stay as much as my good friend Birgitta’s motto – ‘Don’t go away empty-handed.’  I feel the precept of not leaving empty-handed might be utilized to in every single place you go in life. If there are soiled garments in your bed room ground and also you go the laundry basket empty-handed that isn’t intelligent. The pile will solely get larger. Don’t go away empty-handed. When heading out the entrance door, take the rubbish with you. Don’t go away empty-handed.

There are such a lot of little methods to enhance the world day by day. The reality is that my era has been actually horrible with regards to air pollution and it has been very exhausting on the planet. Now I realise very late that I need to clear it up. Most of us are too previous to go to India to wash up the seashores or choose up crap on the freeway, however we aren’t too previous to become involved. We will organise; we will affect; a few of us can donate, if not cash, no less than time. I wish to go away the planet with the woods wanting like they did once I was a woman. I wish to see Bali surrounded by wholesome coral reefs because it was once I was there in 1979. When I’m gone I wish to have helped clear up the world. I’m not lifeless but and can spend each spare minute I’ve to stay as much as Birgitta’s motto.


Care for one thing.

Having one thing aside from your self to look after is at all times vital, no matter age you might be. A research has mentioned that when you’ve got crops to take care of day by day and water, you’ll stay longer. From my very own expertise I agree with the findings of this research. Whereas I’ve at all times been a gardener and nonetheless sit up for springtime once I can get out onto the little balcony of my house to take care of the outside crops, I even have a number of crops by the window in my lounge. Though they don’t have to be watered day by day, I make a day by day behavior of checking on them and watering them in the event that they want it. I actually do love the small day by day behavior of visiting them. Every single day that I’m alive and they’re alive appears like a marvel.



From The Swedish Art Of Ageing Well by Margareta Magnusson. Copyright © 2022 by Margareta Magnusson


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