If life is a gift, shouldn’t we be celebrating each year that we grow older instead of dreading it? From anti-aging products to popular phrases like “30′s the new 20,” society would have us believe that looking or feeling younger is ideal. But Oprah Winfrey believes we have it all backwards.

She recently told Extra in a behind-the-scenes video of her latest O Magazine cover shoot that she embraces aging:

“People get all screwed up and afraid of aging when, in fact, every year should be a celebration. You should be celebrating every year that you are given. I don’t understand women lying about their age and everybody dreading getting older. It means you’re still here! [...] To deny your age is to deny your life. I stand here 59 years old and so happy to claim every single part of the journey of those 59 years. All of death reminds us that aging and moving forward is so important.”

I’m inclined to agree with her. When you think of lives that are ended short due to cancer, gun violence, tragedies like 9/11 and more, you start to realize what a blessing it is to grow older. As my father says, wrinkles and a slowed metabolism aren’t so bad when you consider the alternative.

What are your thoughts, Clutchettes? Do you embrace aging?



  1. I agree and the occasional pain and ache notwithstanding I wholeheartedly embrace my age and growing older. I feel blessed to be here, still. And once my gray starts coming in, I’ma hope for a streak of white like my grandmother had and like my mama is getting. LOL. I can’t wait to rock silver hair!

  2. I absolutely embrace becoming older. Not only that, I thought I would never say how much I appreciate ALL of my experiences. All of my experiences have made me stronger and wiser. And the older I become, the more I realize how much more I have to live for. More opportunities to visit unseen places, see what the future holds for yourself and your loved ones; see unborn children. Life is truly a journey and we can’t experience it if you’re dead. To be alive is a blessing.

  3. Absolutely! I saw a tweet some months ago basically stating a foolish person tells their age. Well, I embrace my age and I shout it to the mountaintop! For 1) I am grateful that I look good for 35! AND 2) I think about those who didn’t make it to see, even 35. I agree totally with Oprah here.

  4. When I turned 40, it was a great day. I woke up feeling great, feeling GROWN, and realized that I don’t have to please or care about what other people think. I’ve matured, learned about what really matters in life, and gained some wisdom. I’m still healthy and have no wrinkles, but am aware that I can no longer take my health or skin for granted.

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