Someone here Posted September 9, 2022 Share Posted September 9, 2022 (edited) I Ihave become increasingly afraid of growing old. I’m not sure where this is coming from but it hasn’t been pleasant. I’ve spoken with my therapist about it but it hasn’t really helped. I only receive generic responses. Here’s why I’m down: time seems to go by too fast. There is so much left I need to do before dying. Speaking of which...DYING! How terrible is that to think about? I constantly fear that I could become terminally ill and die young. I am quite unhealthy for my age. I never exercise. and eat a lot of junk and low quality food and smoke a bunch of cigarettes everyday. I I’m sure many of you experienced this. My question is...how do you overcome it? How can I stop being afraid of aging? I'm 26 .I've been afraid of growing old since I was very young. Society places such value on the young, telling us these are the "best days of our lives", and it seems the message is "the older you get, the worse life is". The older you get, the more your body and your mind fail, and the more unattractive you get (by society's standards anyway; there's so much pressure to look young and skinny, it depresses me how many older people spend their time trying to recapture their younger looks and body). Despite my wish to not think this way, the mindset of not only disregarding, but having an aversion towards older people, has no doubt bled into my own methods of thinking and affected my perception of self and of the world. I often fear of my own decline, and this fear can be paralyzing. And, it's really messed up, but sometimes I have intrusive thoughts and I imagine myself at a much older age, gaining weight and, well, looking old and awful. In short, how can I stop being afraid of the inevitability of aging? Edited September 9, 2022 by Someone here Quote Mention Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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