Writer of ‘The Swedish Artwork Of Ageing Properly’ — That’s Not My Age


‘Ageing is usually tough, but it surely doesn’t must be for those who strategy it in a method that isn’t too full of drama or dread. And if you will discover a option to make ageing itself into an artwork, the place you might be inventive in the way you strategy every day, maybe it may be a bit simpler,’ says 86-year-old writer Margareta Magnusson. In her newest e book The Swedish Art of Ageing Well Magnusson shares her recommendation on the very best 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 must always not reside in concern of demise however reasonably concentrate on connecting with our family members and appreciating magnificence. The publishers, Canongate, have kindly let me share a few of Magnusson’s musings right here:


Maintain an open thoughts. 

I have 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 could have had. If you end up over 80, it’s simple to be indignant. There may be new stuff on a regular basis – new politicians, new international locations, new wars, new applied sciences.. All the pieces is in actual fact new and getting newer on a regular basis. You might have two selections – be indignant or float. Please attempt the latter. To simply accept, even get pleasure from, the adjustments will be actually enjoyable.

There may be that humorous phrase: ‘The older you get, the extra it looks 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 ladies 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 suppose 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 trying younger is such a foul concept. There are different methods to really feel younger. Snort and attempt to have as a lot enjoyable as attainable every day. To chortle might be simpler than taking capsules which may make us joyful.

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

If you end up my age it’s essential to fill your thoughts and days with stuff to do; planning, serving to, pondering and shifting round as a lot as you may. You could have extra free time than anticipated. Whereas the world might not be ending, it will probably at all times use a bit additional enhance. Become involved – it is going to allow you to and it’ll assist the world. I don’t have as a lot power now, however I assist seniors discover ways 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 folks doing it; some even turned lifelong pals.


Clear up after your self as you go alongside.

When I’m gone I wish to have helped clear up the world. I understood a lot too late in life that that is essential. However I’m not lifeless but and can spend each spare minute I’ve to reside as much as my pal Birgitta’s motto – ‘Don’t depart empty-handed.’  I feel the precept of not leaving empty-handed will be utilized to in all places you go in life. If there are soiled garments in your bed room flooring and also you go the laundry basket empty-handed that’s not intelligent. The pile will solely get greater. 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 era has been actually horrible in the case of air pollution and it has been very laborious on the planet. Now I realise very late that I have to clear it up. Most of us are too outdated to go to India to scrub up the seashores or decide up crap on the freeway, however we’re not too outdated 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 want to depart the planet with the woods trying like they did once I was a lady. I want to see Bali surrounded by wholesome coral reefs because it was once I was there in 1979. When I’m gone I wish to have helped clear up the world. I’m not lifeless but and can spend each spare minute I’ve to reside as much as Birgitta’s motto.


Deal with one thing.

Having one thing apart from your self to look after is at all times essential, no matter age you might be. A examine has mentioned that you probably have vegetation to take care of every single day and water, you’ll reside 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 stay up for springtime once I can get out onto the little balcony of my residence to take care of the outside vegetation, I even have just a few vegetation by the window in my lounge. Though they don’t have to be watered every single day, I make a day by day behavior of checking on them and watering them in the event that they want it. I actually do love the small day by day behavior of visiting them. Day-after-day that I’m alive and they’re alive looks like a marvel.



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


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