This is a speech written from one of my younger guest bloggers (who has her own pseudonym). Wisdom for those of us with more miles behind us than ahead and how to use our time wisely. Pay particular attention to the 5 Strategies for living in the second half of life.
While I will most likely not be around when LiaGiba becomes a “seasoned citizen”, say in the year 2054, it would be interesting to see if she would change anything she has written. Only time will tell.
GETTING OLD by: “LiaGiba”
60 is the new 40 and 80 is the new 60. I know it, and I want you to know it; getting older is easier than it’s ever been.
Every cloud has a silver lining, but have you ever heard that every grey hair has a silver lining? There are two types of people in this world, those who look forward to getting old and those who try to escape it. Seniors are making up the fastest growing population group in Canada. People over 65 have gone from one in twenty in 1921, to one in six in 2011. Yet does that mean our societies will be filled with grumpy old people or with experienced and well respected teachers?
It has been found that as we get older, we tend to become more emotionally balanced, and that results in a longer and more productive life. We see a large group of people who are able to get along well with others, as they are more involved and compassionate towards people and their problems. They show appreciation to how fragile life is and understand that it will eventually come to an end. This however, is a good thing as it is a sign of emotional health and balance.
Many people look forward to old age as they can get out of the competitiveness in having a job and living on time constraints. Seniors can now relax and get to the important things in life. Rather than having to be always working, they are now faced with 20-30 years of their own free time. It can be a relief to no longer have places to be, goals that need to be achieved or quotas that have have to be met. Now they have the time to pursue interests that were postponed during a busy work life. Do not regret getting older, it is a privilege denied to many.
Staying happy in your old age can be summarized into 5 different strategies.
- Accept yourself, love yourself the way you are and make the best of the life you have been given. The more comfortable you are with yourself, the more others will be able to accept you willingly.
- Happiness is a state of mind, it is your free choice to be unhappy, so it’s even more important to have a positive state of mind when life knocks you down.
- Take care of yourself, as there is a strong link between mental happiness and physical health. If your body is taken care of, you will give off a healthy, positive energy.
- Become friends with joyful people, as those who are cheerful and good-spirited will bring up your mood and lead you to positive thoughts and actions.
- Finally, you must be grateful, saying a simple please or thank you can make a huge difference. Being grateful will help you to realize the things that you do have, which encourages optimistic behaviours.
When you have a strong faith, you know you’re headed to see Jesus, not the end of life, but a continuation of the journey to heaven.
“Is there anything else I can put on the shelf?”How do I know that my youth is all spent? Well, my get up and go has got up and went, But in spite of it all I am able to grin. When I think of the places my get up has been. Old age is golden, So I’ve heard said, But sometimes I wonder, as I get into bed. With my ears in a drawer, my teeth in a cup, And my eyes on the table until I wake up. As sleep dims my eyes, I say to myself, “Is there anything else I can put on the shelf?” And I’m happy to say as I close the door, “My friends are the same, perhaps even more.” When I was a young thing my slippers were red, I could kick my heels as high as my head. Then when I was older, my slippers were blue, But still I could walk the whole day through. Now I’m still older, my slippers are black, I walk to the store and puff my way back. The reason I know my youth is all spent, My get up and go has got up and went. But really, I don’t mind when I think with a grin, Of all the grand places my get up has been. Since I have retired from life’s competition, I busy myself with complete repetition. I get up each morning and dust off my wits, Pick up the paper and read the ‘obits’, If my name is missing I know I’m not dead So I eat a good breakfast and go back to bed.
I wish you happiness and joy throughout your old age and remember, you are only the age of your heart.