The Best New Year’s Resolution for 2014

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What kind of blogger would I be if I didn’t post the obligatory New Year article? As far as my own resolutions go, they are the same as every other day: take good care of myself and show kindness and compassion at all times.

For those looking to meet more specific goals, I thought I would share this old magazine cover parody that began circulating around again just in time for the new year.  To me, it highlights several important points:  first, while committing to healthy changes is commendable, I can’t help but think that we can be a little too hard on ourselves. This is especially true of women who are bombarded with media stories that focus on the best tips to be skinner, sexier, and better in bed.  It is amazing how condescending and shallow women’s “health and fitness” topics can be. With such negative messages being featured in popular media, is it any wonder that resolutions tend to focus on looking better rather than feeling better or being better people?  I imagine that everyone would be a little less critical of themselves and others if they weren’t confronted with headlines implying that they need improvement.

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Secondly, I was left wondering if these types of messages ever subside with age.  A quick look at some of the most popular boomer sites such as AARP and The Huffington Post 50, seems to indicate that you are never too old to completely change your life by losing ten pounds in ten hours and having more sex.  I can’t help but feel that boomer sites should be held to a higher standard.  Hopefully, by the time you are 50+, you have a more balanced sense of what is important in life and have learned to embrace the signs of aging.  Boomer media should reflect what is important to older Americans, not join in the cacophony of youth and beauty obsessed headlines.

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It just so happens that I came across these parody magazine covers on the same day that another baby boomer blogger slammed my site for reminding people that they are old.  My response is that my site has a different purpose.  I want people to have the information they need to age well and live healthy, happy lives.  To me, that doesn’t mean learning the best ways to hide grey hairs or looking for other ways to “fight aging.”  It means being realistic about some of the challenges you or your loved ones may face as you grow older.  I am not interested in being sensational.  My goal is to research and disseminate important information about aging so that there is a more diverse set of voices out there on the web.  If you can’t resist a new miracle diet article, then you will have plenty of reading material.  If you want to learn about the latest news when it comes to aging and baby boomers, then I hope you will continue to visit Modern Senior in 2014.

In the meantime, I hope you get a good laugh out of these magazine covers and perhaps you can use them as a gentle reminder to  go easy on yourself this new year.  The best resolution may be as simple as deciding to accept yourself as is.

Also, be sure to check out the first Baby Boomer Blog Carnival of 2014 where all your favorites take a look ahead to 2014.

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