People often assume growing older and being older are negative experiences. Fortunately, many seniors find this is not true at all. When you are a senior citizen, there are many advantages.
You Appreciate And Accept Yourself
When you were younger, you may have had trouble appreciating and accepting yourself. This is not uncommon among children, adolescents, and young adults. You may have been so concerned about meeting other people’s expectations and making a good impression that you lost sight of your uniqueness.
Aging helps you let go of these burdens. It is no longer important what others think of you. From your weight to your hobbies, you no longer need to impress anyone. You accept yourself as you are, even though you are not perfect.
You Have Pride In Your Accomplishments
As a senior, you see there is much to be proud of in your life. During the decades of your past, you may have raised a family, worked hard at your job, and made some types of contributions to your community.
Not only are your accomplishments meaningful and important to you, they are meaningful and important to all the people you touched. You see you have made a difference in many people’s lives.
It Is Easier To Be Social
Even if you were immature when you were younger, you are not so self-centered as a senior. During the years you have lived through, you have learned to understand other people’s viewpoints, learned how to make compromises, and learned how to consider multiple ways of resolving difficulties.
Whether you are socializing with friends, family members, or in the community, these characteristics you learned from experience are important assets. People enjoy and appreciate your company.
You Have Time To Pursue Your Interests
When raising your children or performing your job are tasks you have already completed, you have more free time for yourself. You can take on a new hobby, or you can return to an interest you had in the past.
Whether your interests are solitary, social, or adventurous, you have plenty of time to relax and have fun.
You Can See The Positive Side
If you are like most seniors today, your life has been relatively average. This does not mean you are looking back and wishing your life had been more exciting. What it does mean is you have many years filled with good memories.
Seniors have matured to the point of being able to overlook minor flaws, small failings, and foolish mistakes. When you look back on your childhood, your teenage years, and the years when you were a young adult, you are amazed at how easy it is to focus on the positive side.
Even if life was not perfect, you see you were quite happy. You think of family members, old friends, and memories with fondness.
You Have A Better Perspective
When you are facing a difficulty, you are less likely to need advice from someone else. Although you may need help at times, you are better able to handle small problems without assistance.
As you have a lifetime of experience, you are not so overwhelmed by small difficulties. You often notice that you can draw on your experience to resolve a problem you have today.
Your Mental Skills Can Improve
It is only a myth that mental abilities naturally decline with age. There is much you can do to keep your mental skills sharp, your thinking clear, and your memories accurate.
You can read, play games, and do puzzles. You can write in a diary or journal, or develop creative writing talent. You can post on internet forums, and post comments on news articles.
All of these activities will keep your mind healthy and strong as you age.
You Have Less Negativity
While you do not shy away from problems that are truly serious, you are not bothered as much by trivialities. You can take each day as it comes, without placing undue importance on minor annoyances.
With aging comes the viewpoint that life is special, and life is to be cherished. You see that in most instances, there is no reason for unnecessary worry and stress.
You Have Learned Useful Coping Skills
As you started growing older, you learned life is not perfect and life does not always go your own way. While it may have been difficult to learn these lessons, they are useful to you as a senior.
From disappointments to unexpected difficulties, coping is easier as you age.
This is a wonderful time to be a senior. You have many opportunities to live the rest of your life to its fullest.
Realistically, though not all things about being a senior citizen is rosy and sometimes we do need a bit of help. When that happens calling a home care service can get you the assistance you may need to make the activities of everyday living a little easier. In the Miami/Dade county area Jewish Home Care Services of Miami-Dade can set you up with a screened and compassionate home care aide to get you the extra help you need.