The alternative sucks :)
You gradually realise that being part of the group is not only not worth the effort; its part of the way advertisers target you. So you learn to go your own way. THATS when you start meeting the worthwhile people.
Also your kids get off your hands directly (they never really leave) and you can do things you want for a change. Then, if you have a sadistic nature, you get to use the grankids to torture your own kids. (I'm not allowed to buy my 3YO grandson a drum kit. But his Scottish grandmother thinks a junior set of bagpipes will be fine in a couple of years. :))
Making fewer stupid mistakes
more money, more options
You know what you like, and don't
Senior coffee rates at Mcdonalds.
More time for leisure,
Grey matches almost all dresses.
n it is true.
Enjoying the enlarging circle of family and love.
People let you have as much bathroom time as you desire.
i can get away with being cranky and mean ;)
not having to get up to use the bathroom, you can smell and people won't say anything about it
Closer to death. Could be a disadvantage, depends on how you look at it and what you believe in :P
Wisdom and experiences, a lot to reflect on in life.
You get to stroke your beard more and more (but everything else less)
Cheaper car insurance
Being able to blame your children & grandchildren for your gray hairs!! At least there's an excuse! ;-)
Not dying young.
I have more experience so I can see around a few more of the corners. I have a better understanding of who my true friends are. I know when I really need to be right and when I would prefer to keep the peace. And I am all done wishing I was some other age. It is now about being at the top of my game emotionally and physically at the age I am right now. 44 is just the horse I have to ride. I am at peace with that.
For me it's been FINALLY feeling more comfortable with who I am. My twenties ducked because I honestly didn't know who I was yet (even though I thought I did).
More experiences to make decisions with -- if you can remember them.