True in my case.. we start realizing what's important and what's not. We gain the wisdom that comes with aging, not to worry so much about the little things, so we have time to ponder the big things.
I don't know if I started realizing what was important..I think I more like panic(ed) (spelling) and when I did it was the first things I started to dwell on!
You begin to realize you aren't going to be eternally youthful like you thought you were going to be when in your 20's and 30's. You consider the ending of your lifetime in a way like never before. When you are young, you are invincible. Now we know better.
I totally agree Susan...at first I felt so doomed...but have come to realize it is half a lifetime away... kids college, marriage, grandkids etc!
I can only speak for myself, but I think it happens because the chaff is finally blown away and what's left is the real stuff of life. Most of us will have suffered betrayal, heartbreak, and hardship by the time we reach a certain age and know that we're made of stronger stuff than we ever imagined possible. I'm less concerned with what other people think about me or with the accumulation of stuff realizing that those things won't fill me up. I'm more tuned into nature, living in the moment, and allowing for quiet time to just "be". It sounds trite, yet it's also the most fulfilled I've felt in years.