Are You Ready to Grow Up, Grow Old, Or Grow?

grow up and grow

grow up and growGrow Old Or Just Plain Grow?

The phrase “grow up” often means to stop acting childish. Often it might mean to be more mature. What if we looked at aging as the opportunity to grow? As a gerontologist, I am always working to raise the positive profile of aging. 

Age and Time 

Today, I heard Alan Burdick talk about his book, Why Time Flies. During his conversation with NPR’s Robert Siegel, Burdick discussed both the scientific and philosophical inquiry about time. He described time passing and watching his twin boys growing older.  When using the phrase growing older to describe his children aging the tone of his voice change. Burdick’s tone was filled with gratitude and awe. Perhaps in his eyes a miracle. 

What if…

What if we looked at aging as the miracle it is? For many of us who survive a near miss not resulting in death, we are in awe. To dodge a bullet or survive a near death experience we are grateful. What if we look at age as the opportunity to grow? Leave me a comment below and let me know your thoughts.

About the Author

Currently, Judi Bonilla is the Director of Program Innovation at Advocates For Aging. She is the first gerontologist to speak at South by Southwest. Judi has also spoken at the American Society on Aging and Certified Senior Advisors conferences. She also served as a fellow for Hispanics in Philanthropy and Senior Service America. Judi is the author of Freewheeling After Sixty a book for older drivers. In addition, you can find her at

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