Some people believe senior citizens have outlived their usefulness, have nothing more to contribute, and deserve little respect. This approach is a huge mistake. The elderly population has much knowledge and wisdom. Because of their years and decades of life, there is much we can all learn from seniors.
With Experience Comes Wisdom
When you look at a senior, do not view him as someone who is old. Instead, consider all of the experiences this person has had over the years, and the wisdom he has gained from those experiences. With only a little encouragement, he will appreciate the opportunity to share it with you.
First, senior citizens have experience in situations that affect people’s lives. From jobs and education to serving in the military, seniors who share firsthand experiences can be helpful to younger people who are in similar situations. The elderly person can let you know how he handled certain situations, and it can help you make decisions for your own life.
Second, seniors have experience with personal relationships. You may be experiencing a problem with a member of your family, a friend, or wondering what to expect from marriage. When the senior relates his own experiences, your own problems and questions will be easier to resolve.
Third, life today can be stressful. While there are serious issues going on in the world, everyday life can be stressful, too. As today’s senior citizens have lived through wars, recessions, and many other difficulties, listening to the senior’s experiences can help you gain a better perspective on today’s world and your own life.
Seniors Have A Healthy Approach To Life
Seniors have plenty of knowledge and wisdom to share, and it is not all about difficulties. As elderly persons have enjoyed a long lifespan, and many are in relatively good health, you can also learn from a senior how to have fun in your life.
Seniors know not every problem is a disaster. They know how to overcome difficulties, yet look for something positive in nearly every situation. They know that one key to health and happiness is to keep a positive outlook.
Some seniors are amazed at how young people take life so seriously. This can interfere with your ability to have fun. It can also stand in the way of relaxing, and giving yourself needed breaks on a regular basis.
If you take succeeding to mean driving yourself to exhaustion, worrying about every little problem, or are so stressed that you cannot sleep at night, a long conversation with a senior can make a difference. The senior in your life can teach you how to take a healthier approach. When you see how easy it is for the senior to relax, your own life can be healthier, happier, and more productive.
How You Can Gain The Wisdom Of Seniors
If you want all the benefits of seniors’ wisdom, you can wait until you become elderly. However, there is a better approach, and it can help you avoid mistakes and difficulties. You can make a senior a part of your life, and absorb his knowledge and wisdom.
If you are lucky, you have a senior citizen in your family. Encourage your elderly parent or grandparent to talk, and truly listen to what he has to say.
If you do not have an elderly relative, you can still learn from seniors. You can take a job to work directly with seniors, or volunteer at a community center that offers activities for seniors. Depending on where you live, you may also find a local program that offers the chance to “adopt” a senior who lives in a long-term care facility.
Wherever you find a senior, interacting with the elderly will enrich your life. You will be providing companionship they need, too. It can be a wonderful relationship from which you and the senior will both benefit.