This morning, as I was preparing ingredients for my daily smoothie, I Googled the benefits of over-ripe bananas and was surprised to find there are many. 

As I researched, I started thinking about this as being an analogy for how we perceive aging. 

As we age, we sometimes assign less value to ourselves. We tend to focus on physical deterioration and forget that we have more to contribute because of our life experiences and the many lessons we’ve learned. 

What’s on the outside has little  to do with the value on the inside. 

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”
― Sophia Loren