“It beats the alternative” is something ladies of a certain age say, particularly when in the company of good friends, coffee (wine) and cake (anything sweet over 1000 calories!). It basically means forgive our earlier whining about getting old and creaky, and know that we’re truly appreciative that we’ve made it this far. Life is short and should never be taken for granted.
My 25 year old self was quicker and lighter (with less wobbly bits), but she worried far too much about what others thought of her. Middle age is a time to enjoy life and appreciate and savor the small things, as they really are the big things that make life so precious. It’s a time in life that I am thankful for those good friends and family who are there through the good times and more challenging moments.