There is a tendency in all people to begin to give up on life as they get older. After all, when we’re young, we have all life to look forward to. We’re full of hope, and we’re thirsty for new experiences. But as we grow older, things begin to look bleak as there is nothing to look forward to, right? Wrong.
There are many things to look forward to in old age. Let your imagination be your guide – the worst thing that you could do is to give up on life and wait for death to take you.
What you should do instead is to recognize old age for what it is – the golden age of your life. Old people have the benefit of having the wisdom that youth simply doesn’t have. You can use this wisdom in order to make great things. For example, you can use it to write a book. Perhaps you have had tremendous life experiences that you’d like to share with the world.
Perhaps you wish to be a mentor to someone. In fact, being a mentor for someone is one of the noblest things you could do – and you’ll benefit heavily out of it. Your protégé will be able to use some of your acquired wisdom, and you will be able to use some of your protégé’s youth in turn. It’s a powerful relationship that can develop between a mentor and a protégé, and we think that most senior citizens would enjoy having a relationship like this with someone.
Moreover, you may not be young and full of vitality like you once were, but this doesn’t mean that you should refrain from any physical activity whatsoever. On the contrary, you could enjoy even some competitive sports. Or if sports aren’t for you, you could do light exercise in your local park. Yoga for the elderly is an excellent option – be sure to check it out if you think it interests you.
If you manage to maintain only a fraction of the vigor and the zest for life of your youth into your old age, then you will be a lot better off than all of the rest elderly people that have decided to give up on living life because they were “too old” now. No matter who you are, you can still achieve happiness and internal peace, and be a productive member of society.