Growing old can seem like the end of the road. We look at the elderly and it is painful to know we are headed in that inevitable direction.
When you’re young, getting older seems like a long way off. Then one day you look in the mirror and realize that time has conferred its ultimate curse. You have wrinkles, grey hair, and an aching back. It feels as if time has painfully pranked you.
What happened to your youth? Where did it all go?
But growing old doesn’t have to be something to fear. In fact, there are benefits of getting older that make this time of life so rewarding. Here are some reasons why growing old is one of the best things that can happen to you.
You Didn’t Die Young
It’s good to remember that old age is a privilege. It is not the fate of all of us. So, we should appreciate it and live it as much as possible. A visit to a war memorial will ensure you acknowledge the fact that you’ve reached a wonderful age. It’s a gift. You got to live the years that many do not. You have all those memories.
You Become a Master at Something
As you grow older, you master your skills. You learn to take your time. While young, you’re still trying to perfect what you do. And you rush.
You might not even have known what your natural skill set was when you were younger. In middle age, you gain more experience and can hone those skills and abilities. And as you get older, you discover what you’re really good at. You become more ‘you’. This gives you a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment. And it adds a genuine sense of purpose to your life.
You Have More Time for the Things That Are Most Important to You
- As you get older, you let go of the ‘shoulds’.
- And embrace the ‘I likes’.
- You don’t have to prove anything.
- You don’t feel you have to keep up with the latest fads.
- You can be yourself.
- You don’t believe you have to be the perfect parent.
- You don’t have to be the perfect employee.
- You can be who you want to be.
- And do the things that are important to you.
- You don’t have to be someone that you’re not.
- You just have to be the best version of yourself. For you.
- And you have the time to do that.
- You have the time to follow your passions and do those things that are important to you.
- You don’t have to worry about impressing anyone.
Growing Old Can Be Fun as You Let Go of Responsibilities
When you’re young, you feel you have the weight of the world on your shoulders. There’s so much to do, so much competition. So many expectations. Go to school, get a job, and then get married and start a family. Even if that path doesn’t appeal to you.
You’re supposed to be perfect and do everything that society has told you to do. It makes you feel inadequate when you have human failings. But as you get older, you let go of all that.
No more worries about getting a job. Retirement beckons. You don’t have to live up to anyone’s expectations. Relax and enjoy life. No pressure. Sit back and do whatever makes you happy. No stressing about the things that you used to stress about.
You’re not expected to be perfect. Be yourself and enjoy life. You’ve made your contribution, you worked hard, did what was expected, and paid your dues.
You get to let go of your responsibilities and just relax and be happy with the life that you have. And that can be fantastic fun.
Priorities Change, and You Let Go of Things That No Longer Serve
As you get older, your priorities change. You understand that next to your health, time is the most precious resource, and you are determined to put the time you have to the best use.
You may see some friendships add nothing positive to your life. They are more habit than pleasure. It’s your life; your precious time.
There are things in your life that make little sense anymore. Examine them, hold them up to the light, and if appropriate, jettison them.
Getting Older, You Have More Money to Spend on Activities You Enjoy
If you’re lucky enough to make it to a ripe old age, you’ll find that you have more money. Especially if you planned well for retirement. You’re not paying off a mortgage. Not worrying about finding a new place to live or starting all over again.
Don’t have to worry about paying for your kids’ education. With any luck, they are doing it themselves.
No worries about getting fired from your job and having to find a new one. Or about getting divorced and having to pay alimony. By now, your long-term relationship has settled into a mutually rewarding partnership.
You’ve gotten past these things.
You’ve dealt with the challenges that life has thrown at you. And now you have more money to spend on the things that you enjoy. You don’t have to worry about your everyday expenses. You are so experienced at budgeting now that it is second nature.
You’re able to spend more time enjoying your life and doing the things that you love.
Bottom Line: Don’t Be Afraid of Growing Old. It's a Privilege!
Growing older doesn’t have to be feared. It’s a state of being that can be rewarding. It can add richness to your life. You become your true self. You find what you’re good at. It can allow you to let go of the things that no longer serve you. It can give you more time to enjoy the things that are most important to you. And it can even give you more money to spend. So don’t be afraid of growing old. It’s a privilege.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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