Some of us have
reached our golden years, and some of us have not. We invite everyone to read
the following suggestions and learn from them. They have been collected from many
sources. Some of them you already know, some may surprise you, and some will
remind you of what's important. So read well, share with your loved ones. Have a great day and a wonderful life regardless of whatever age you are.
1. It's time to
use the money you saved up. Use it and enjoy it. Travel as much as could, buy
expensive things that you can afford, like expensive cars, jewelries, etc. and
enjoy them. Don't just keep it for those
who may have no notion of the sacrifices you made to get it. Remember there is
nothing more dangerous than those children and their spouses with big ideas for your
hard earned resources. This is also a bad time for an investment, even if
it seems wonderful or fool-proof. They only bring problems and worries and this
is a time for you to enjoy some peace and quiet.
2. Stop worrying
about the financial situation of your children and grandchildren, and don't feel
bad spending your money on yourself. You've taken care of them for many years,
and you've taught them what you could. The responsibility is now theirs to earn their own money.
get all weird about getting older! Our age is merely the number of years
the world has been enjoying us!!
3. Keep a healthy
life, without great physical effort. Do moderate exercise (like walking every
day), eat well and get your sleep. It's easy to become sick, and it gets harder
to remain healthy. Keep in touch with your doctor, get
tested even when you're feeling well. Stay informed.
4. Always buy the
best, most beautiful items for your spouse or significant other. The key goal is to enjoy
your money with your partner. One day one of you will miss the other, and the
money will not provide any comfort then, enjoy it together.
5. Don't stress
over the little things. You've already overcome so much in your life. You have
good memories and bad ones, but the important thing is the present. Don't let
the past drag you down and don't let the future frighten you.
6. Regardless of age, always keep love alive. Love your partner,
love life, love your family, love your neighbor and remember: "A man is not old
as long as he has intelligence and affection."
7. Be proud, both
inside and out. Don't stop going to your hair salon or barber, do your nails, go
to the dermatologist and the dentist, keep your perfumes and creams well
stocked. When you are well-maintained on the outside, it seeps in, making you
feel proud and strong.
8. Don't lose
sight of fashion trends for your age, but keep your own sense of style. There's
nothing worse than an older person trying to wear the current fashion among
youngsters. You've developed your own sense of what looks good on you - keep it
and be proud of it. It's part of who you are.
9. Always stay
up-to-date. Read newspapers, watch the news. Go online and read what people are
saying. Make sure you have an active email account and try to use some of those
social networks. You'll be surprised which old friends you'll meet. Keeping in
touch with what is going on and with the people you know is important at any
10. Respect the
younger generation and their opinions. They may not have the same ideals as you,
but they are the future, and will take the world in their direction. Give
advice, not criticism, and try to remind them of yesterday's wisdom that still
11. Never use the
phrase: "In my time". Your time is now. As long as you're alive, you are part of
this time. You may have been younger, but you are still you now, having fun and
12. Some people
embrace their golden years, while others become bitter, bad-tempered and
unfriendly. Life is too short to waste your days on the latter. Spend your time
with positive, cheerful people, it will rub off on you and your days will seem that much better. Spending
your time with bitter people will make you older and harder to be around.
13. Do not
surrender to the temptation of living with your children nor grandchildren (if
you have a financial choice, that is). Sure, being surrounded by family sounds
great, but we all need our privacy. They need theirs and you need yours. If
you've lost your partner (our deepest condolences), then find a person to move
in with you and help out. Even then, do so only if you feel you really need the
help or do not want to live alone.
14. Don't abandon
your hobbies. If you don't have any, make new ones. You can travel, hike, cook,
read, dance. You can adopt a cat or a dog, grow a garden, play cards, checkers,
chess, dominoes, golf. You can paint, volunteer or just collect
certain items. Find something you like and spend some real time having fun with
15. Even if you
don't feel like it, try to accept invitations. baptisms, graduations, birthdays,
weddings, conferences. Try to go. Get out of the house, meet people you haven't
seen in a while, experience something new (or something old). But don't get
upset when you're not invited. Some events are limited by resources, and not
everyone can be hosted. The important thing is to leave the house from time to
time. Go to museums, go walk through a field. Get out there.
is that all
young you no
longer want.~ L.S.
16. Be a
conversationalist. Talk less and listen more. Some people go on and on about the
past, not caring if their listeners are really interested. That's a great way of
reducing their desire to speak with you. Listen first and answer questions. Speak in courteous tones and try
not to complain or criticize too much. Try to accept
situations as they are. Everyone is going through the same things, and people
have a low tolerance for hearing complaints. Always find some good things to say
17. Pain and
discomfort go hand in hand with getting older. Try not to dwell on them but
accept them as a part of the cycle of life we're all going through. If they become your entire focus, you lose sight of the
person you used to be.
18. If you've
been offended by someone - forgive them. If you've offended someone - apologize.
Don't drag around resentment with you. It only serves to make you sad and
bitter. Forgive, forget and move on with your life.
19. If you have a
strong belief, savor it. But don't waste your time trying to convince others, they will make their own choices no matter what you tell them. Live your faith and set an example. Live true to your
beliefs and let that memory sway them.
20. Laugh. Laugh
a lot. Laugh at everything. Remember, you are one of the lucky ones. You managed
to have a life, a long one. Many never get to this age, never get to experience
a full life. But you did. So what's not to laugh about? Find the humor in your
21. Take no
notice of what others say about you and even less notice of what they might be
thinking. They'll do it anyway, and you should have pride in yourself and what
you've achieved. Let them talk and don't worry. They have no idea about your
history, your memories and the life you've lived so far. There's still much to
be written, so get busy writing and don't waste time thinking about what others
might think. Now is the time to be at rest, at peace and as happy as you can be!