You hear the talk about how aging involves losing something. You lose your hearing, your eyesight, your balance. The list goes on and on. However, you don’t have to look at getting older as something to dread. In fact, you just may discover these are the best years of your life.
Look back at your younger years. Think about the things you wish you’d known then, what you might have done differently. No, it’s not the time for regrets. It’s just a time for reflection, an understanding that life goes by pretty fast, and you can miss out on a lot if you aren’t aware. Life can get better with age if you know how to live it.
Smell the Flowers
You’ve probably heard the old saying which tells you to take the time to smell the flowers. It means to enjoy every aspect of life, even the little things. This admonition is hard to live up to when you have a full-time job and are raising kids.
As you get older and retire, you should take the idea seriously. Don’t be afraid to act like a kid again and really experience life. Try a new dessert or order a coffee just because you like it. Savor life and pay attention to how everything tastes, sounds, smells and feels.
Gain a New Attitude
Instead of looking at aging as the best years of your life are gone, think about the fun that lies ahead. Plan a vacation or try a new hobby. When you have something to look forward to, it brightens your outlook on life in general.
Rather than focusing on the past and what you can’t do, find things to be thankful for and look for new interests. Adults often lose that feeling of anticipation, but you can work to get it back. A sense of wonder makes each day something to look forward to.
Be Willing to Adjust
So you can’t do something that you used to. Make adjustments to either be able to enjoy it or find something to replace it with. Being able to adapt enables you to live life in spite of any restrictions you have.
A good example is not being able to drive anymore. Thanks to Uber and other taxi services, you can still be mobile. There are even some companies that provide services specifically for the elderly.
Always Look Forward
You’ve probably known the person who spends his or her time reminiscing about the past. They tell stories from their younger days and complain about how “nothing is like it used to be.” Learn from their example of what not to do.
Instead of focusing on the past, look forward to the future. It may not be in 20 or 30 years or even 10, but the future is tomorrow and next week. This doesn’t mean you have to forget about the past. It’s wonderful to have fond memories, but don’t let them overshadow life today.
Yes, life can get better with age. Just determine that is the case for you and start enjoying the life you have now. In a community like Daystar, you can enjoy activities and friendships that make life more enjoyable.