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When you reach retirement age, you experience new levels of surprise. One day may feel comedic (misplacing your reading glasses on top of your head). Another day may be melodramatic (not being able to bend your finger all morning). With the highs and lows that come with aging, it’s helpful to have a few go-to affirmations for inner strength. Studies show that affirmations train your mind to believe in — and act as — your highest self in the face of challenges. Here are some affirmations to remind you that your age is a gift:

“I acknowledge my accomplishments, past and present.”

Whether you helped desegregate your local school district or recently learned how to convert a .docx file to a .pdf, all of your accomplishments are worthy of acknowledgement and celebration. These moments are part of your experience as a human being and help society in ways beyond your understanding. 

“I learn from past mistakes.”

Mistakes are part of life. Forgive yourself and others. Identify a way to integrate what you’ve learned into the present. 

“I embark boldly upon new adventures.”

There’s no limit to the adventures that await you. Go on a retreat. Relocate to a new community. Join the dating scene. Retrofit your living space. Many people are just beginning their journey in their 50s. Be inspired by this group

“I embrace the gray areas of my life.” 

Repeat this when you’re uncertain about any dynamic in your life, including health prognoses, finances, and relationships. 

“I am a master at adapting.” 

You’ve lived through natural disasters, the rise of the Internet, and hundreds of movie remakes. You’re capable of adapting to your life’s circumstances in significant ways.        

If you’d like to process some of your thoughts about aging, then here are some resources for you. 

Mental well-being is a cornerstone of healthy living. AARP wants to help you get healthier and stay healthy. Visit AARP’s Mental Health Center at for tips, tools and resources that can help you develop healthy habits for mental well-being.