How do we grow old gracefully? At first you worked for survival, to keep yourself warm and dry, clothes on your back and your stomach full. Your world is busy with your family and your job. As life goes on it seems our job takes over our family. We spend less time with them and more time at our job.
Not all jobs give a pension, but you work and hope that you can live either on your pension or your social security. You are dreaming of the day you can retire and relax the rest of your life. You have days without sleep, or missing a meal, or even eating to much as you try to keep up with your job. Your needs are less now but your wants are bigger. As you get that bigger house, or that new boat, that expensive I-phone, or the best and biggest TV set, you are getting older and the bills are coming in, making you work even harder than when you were younger to keep up. You find yourself at sixty years of age, with a big mortgage that you will have to work until you are seventy-five to pay off. Or so much debt on your credit card, you are afraid you are never going to pay it off.
Your energy is not like when you were younger and you can’t understand why you are to tired after your day at work. The younger employees, wonder why you haven’t retired yet and you wonder what happened to your energy.
Maybe growing old gracefully is being happy with what you have. Not wanting to keep up with the Jones. Looking at the fancy new car on the road, without lusting for it. Sitting back and retiring with maybe working a day or two a week to keep busy, but enjoying family or grandchildren.
It is so hard to understand that as we age, our body ages also and we can’t keep up anymore. We are in denial. Yet we struggle, and our body ages even faster because we are now not giving it the rest that we should be. Our younger days stick in our heads and we are depressed, where has the time gone.
Maybe getting older gracefully is enjoying each part of our life. Accepting the fact that we were once young and full of energy, and now it is our time to slow down and smell the roses that we forgot to smell when we were young.
What are you doing to grow old Gracefully?
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