Creator of ‘The Swedish Artwork Of Ageing Nicely’ — That’s Not My Age


‘Ageing is usually tough, nevertheless it doesn’t must be in the event you strategy it in a manner that isn’t too full of drama or dread. And if yow will discover a technique to make ageing itself into an artwork, the place you might be artistic in the way you strategy every day, maybe it may be slightly simpler,’ says 86-year-old creator Margareta Magnusson. In her newest ebook The Swedish Art of Ageing Well Magnusson shares her recommendation on the most effective 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 should always not dwell in concern of demise however quite deal with connecting with our family members and appreciating magnificence. The publishers, Canongate, have kindly let me share a few of Magnusson’s musings right here:


Preserve 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 historic you develop into there are at all times new discoveries; new mindsets by means of which to see your life and the experiences you might have had. When you’re over 80, it’s simple to be indignant. There may be 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’ve gotten two decisions – be indignant or waft. Please strive the latter. To simply accept, even take pleasure in, the adjustments may be actually enjoyable.

There may be that humorous phrase: ‘The older you get, the extra it seems 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 women 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 develop into 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 nasty concept. There are different methods to really feel younger. Chortle and attempt to have as a lot enjoyable as potential every day. To giggle might be more practical than taking tablets that may make us comfortable.

My physique has borne 5 kids, plus one who didn’t dwell. This physique has died and woke up. This physique has sheltered me in storms and baked an unholy variety of muffins. 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’re feeling helpful and good about your self.

When you’re my age it’s vital to fill your thoughts and days with stuff to do; planning, serving to, pondering and transferring round as a lot as you possibly can. You’ll have extra free time than anticipated. Whereas the world is probably not ending, it may at all times use slightly additional increase. Become involved – it can enable you and it’ll assist the world. I don’t have as a lot power now, however I assist seniors learn to e-mail and use the web. Once they efficiently ship their first e-mail, I see a glow of their faces. Additionally, I’ve met so many good individuals doing it; some even turned lifelong associates.


Clear up after your self as you go alongside.

When I’m gone I need 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 dwell as much as my buddy Birgitta’s motto – ‘Don’t depart empty-handed.’  I feel the precept of not leaving empty-handed may be utilized to all over the place you go in life. If there are soiled garments in your bed room ground and also you move the laundry basket empty-handed that isn’t intelligent. The pile will solely get larger. Don’t depart empty-handed. When heading out the entrance door, take the rubbish with you. Don’t depart empty-handed.

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


Care for one thing.

Having one thing apart from your self to take care of is at all times vital, no matter age you might be. A examine has mentioned that in case you have vegetation to take care of every single day and water, you’ll dwell longer. From my very own expertise I agree with the findings of this examine. Whereas I’ve at all times been a gardener and nonetheless sit up for springtime after I can get out onto the little balcony of my house to take care of the outside vegetation, I even have a number of vegetation by the window in my front room. Though they don’t must be watered every single day, I make a each day behavior of checking on them and watering them in the event that they want it. I actually do love the small each day behavior of visiting them. Day-after-day that I’m alive and they’re alive seems like a marvel.



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


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