1/8/18, Golden Years
I hope that 2018 is off to a great start for you, and that the year has begun smoothly. Getting through the holidays is something of a mad dash, and then there seems to be a lull at the beginning of the year, when things are quiet for a while, and nothing much happens.
I’ve never liked new year’s resolutions, and making promises that are hard to live up to, I may not keep, and probably won’t. And I almost always ignore the flood of jokes, wisdoms, and ‘clever’ things that people send me from the Internet, although some of them are very funny. But a friend in Europe recently sent me a list of suggestions of ‘rules to live by’ for one’s golden years, from the Internet, that I actually liked a lot. 20 suggestions that caught my attention, and actually sounded like wise advice, at every age, so I’m passing them on to you. I don’t know the source, but I really thought the list worthwhile. I’m not sure when the ‘golden years’ begin, or how golden they really are. It’s an art to age gracefully, to be a good sport as one watches one’s kids grow up and fly off to their own lives. But suddenly one day, the kids are grown, and you wonder where the time went, and how life has gone so quickly. Some people get crabby about it, or sad, or bitter, while others face it admirably with energy and grace. I always admire older people who are busy, active, and have a positive outlook on life. Good health is a vital part of it, but a good attitude about whatever stage of life one is at seems essential. So for what it’s worth, I’m passing the list on to you. I really liked it.
RULES FOR OUR GOLDEN YEARS. Things to think about.
1. Use the money you have saved. Use it and take advantage of it and enjoy it.
Don’t save it for those who have no idea of the sacrifices you made to earn it. Take advantage of and enjoy the present.
2. Stop worrying, about your children and grandchildren. You’ve taken care of them for many years. You gave them an education. They are responsible now for themselves.
3. Maintain a healthy life, with moderate exercise. Eat well, walk, respect your sleep, since its harder now to stay in perfect health. Stay informed about your health, without excess.
4. Always buy the best and most beautiful elements for yourself. The main objective is to enjoy your life.
5. Don’t insist on the little things. You’ve overcome many things in your life, today is important, it’s the present. Don’t let the future frighten you.
6. Independent of age, keep love alive. Love of everything, of your family, of your environment, of your country.
7. Be proud, as much about your inside as your outside. Don’t stop going out. Take care of your body, you’ll feel better and stronger.
8. Don’t lose sight of fashion trends for your age, but keep your own sense of style.
9. Read the papers. Watch the news. Listen, read, make sure your message machine or voice mail is working, and try to use some form of social media. You’ll be surprised by new encounters and new people you meet as a result.
10. Respect younger generations and their opinions. Give advice and not criticism, and try to remind them of the wisdom of the past which applies to the present.
11. Never use the words “In my day”. Your Day is NOW!! You were younger once, but you still exist now. Have fun and enjoy life!
12. Embrace your “golden years”. Spend your time with positive, joyous people, they’ll rub off on you and your days will seem much more agreeable.
13. Resist the temptation to live with your children or grandchildren. They need to live their lives, and you need to live yours.
14. Don’t give up your leisure activities and hobbies. If you don’t have any, organize/plan some hobbies. Find something that you love and spend some good time, have fun.
15. Even if it doesn’t always thrill you, accept invitations. Baptisms, parties, birthdays, marriages, conferences. Do It!! The important thing is to leave the house from time to time.
16. Talk less and listen more. Don’t tell long stories unless you are asked to. Use a courteous tone, and try to stay positive.
17. If you’ve been offended by others, forgive them. Someone said “Holding a grudge against someone is like taking poison.”
18. If you have a strong belief/conviction, keep it. Don’t waste your time trying to convince others. Be faithful to your beliefs and choices.
19. Laugh. Laugh a lot. Laugh at everything. Convince yourself that you are among the luckiest. You succeeded at having a life, a long life.
20. Don’t pay any attention to what others say. Be proud to be yourself, proud of what you have accomplished. There is still a lot of happiness to take from life, so grab it!!
I really liked the reminder to keep up with the news. It’s so overwhelming at times, that it’s tempting to ignore what’s happening in the world. I liked too being reminded to accept invitations. It’s easy, at every age, to turn down invitations that sound dull or boring or just plain tiresome. But almost every time I accept an invitation that I was dubious about, I end up meeting someone really interesting, or have a much better time than I expected. It’s good to get out there, get dressed up and meet new people. It gives us a new perspective on life. And worrying less is always good advice for me, I worry too much about the people I love, and most of what I worry about never happens. Staying positive about life can be a challenge, but it’s so important, at every age. I know some young people who have a dreary, sour, defeated attitude about life, and some old ones who are incredibly positive and cheerful in their outlook on life. Who would you rather be around? The positive ones, or the angry, unhappy people who feel cheated by life, complain all the time, and bring you down?
I really liked the advice in these suggestions, and it reminded me that life can be ‘golden’ at any age. It all depends on how we view it. So I pass this on to you.
Have a great week!!
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Thank you for this list, Danielle!
Now that our youngest children are getting ready for college, my friends and I have been discussing feeling “rudderless” in our lives. I printed out this list for me, and I will pass it along to them also.
I had an aunt (my Auntie Dee) who, well into her seventies, studied Italian, shared vegetarian recipes, joined an opera club and met many new friends who enjoyed classical music. She was always so much fun to talk to and truly enjoyed her golden years.
Have a great week!
Thank you for sharing this, Danielle. Very uplifting, and so true!
One day the days we are living now will be the “good old days” so we have to try to make the best of each day.
I like your comment at the end the best of all…Life can indeed be golden at any age…It is really what you bring to it…Being positive…There is a pony in there somewhere is the best adage for good living…Keep smiling…and keep hope foremost in your heart!…Thx for sharing…Deede
Hi! I’ve commented a couple times on your Twitter account, but again, you are my favorite author, and of course, I’ve read all your books to date. I can tell you are a lovely and caring woman, not just from your books, but the things you say on social media and your newsletter, etc.! Thank you for all your hard work and wonderful stories I’ve enjoyed through all these years. I’m 45 but enjoyed the Golden Years posting, and some things apply to me as well, such as getting out of the house more, etc. Thank you for posting this, and have a great day!
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