People often view growing older in a negative light and find it difficult to view the positive aspects of aging.
But, in fact, there are many benefits to aging! All we have to do is make the effort to pay attention to these aspects and appreciate them.
Here’s a light-hearted look at a few of the immediate perks. As a senior, you can:
• Get priority or seating on subways and buses
• Board planes first, without having to remove your shoes at the security check-point
• Pretend not to hear or understand someone when you simply didn’t like what they said
• Get away with making inappropriate comments because you are “set in your ways”
• Proudly wear your “salt and pepper” hair
• Get discounts for shows, museums, and public transportation
• Flirt with people of all ages and it’s considered cute
In all seriousness, there are many more positives of aging that we often overlook. Growing older makes one wiser. One has been through it all, has a greater perspective about life, and understands the importance of looking at the bigger picture. The countless experiences one goes through will prepare us for almost any situation or conflict that might arise. With age, one often develops a more positive outlook on life, becoming calmer and more understanding.
Many younger people come to view an older person as a mentor, appreciating their life advice and enjoying to hear about past experiences. In addition, being able to spoil grandchildren is a unique and joyous experience. Seeing grandchildren’s excitement and admiration can add cheerful laughter to one’s life!
At Alvita Care, instead of focusing solely on the weaknesses that come with age, we try to help focus on the strengths too. We leave you this week with some inspiring quotes that can remind us to stay positive about aging:
“The provision of care for the elderly should be considered not so much an act of generosity as the repayment of a debt of gratitude.” — Pope Benedict
“Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.” — Benjamin Franklin
“To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old.” — Oliver Wendel Holmes, Jr.
“To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent – that is to triumph over old age.” — Thomas Bailey Aldrich
“You don’t stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.” — Michael Pritchard
“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” — Henry Ford
“I’m not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You’re as old as you feel.” — Henri Frederic Amiel