Everyone is afraid of getting old and eventually dying. We try our best to stay young and hold on to our youth but as sure as the sun sets in the west, we all have to age and eventually die. That’s the normal circle of life. Instead of focusing on the negative or trying to ignore it and stay in denial the best way to move forward is to accept what’s inevitable and focus on the positives. In fact there are many great benefits of aging that we tend to forget.
7. Reduced Stress:
Studies have shown that stress starts reducing after 50 and falls off a cliff after retirement. Anger reduces with age too. As we get older it becomes easier to handle the ups and downs of life. We learn to enjoy the moment and not worry too much about the past and future. But of course this can only happen when you let go and accept old age. If you try to hold on to your diminishing youth, it can get even more stressful.
One of the best things about getting old is retirement. You no longer have to work. It’s like becoming a child again. Others have to take care of you and you can finally stop working. You can pick up pension and other retirement benefits. You also get senior citizen discounts. Yes, if the economy is bad, it can be hard to be a retired senior citizen but if you learn to let go you won’t stress too much about it.
When you get old you get a certain amount of respect by default. You can even get away with many things. Just pretend you don’t remember or don’t understand and you can even get away with shoplifting! All your life you try to earn respect of others and fail. It turns out all you need to do to earn respect is become old. People will come to you for guidance and respect your opinions.
People are scared of memory loss that accompanies old age but look at it in a positive light and it’s a great boon. Memory loss means you don’t remember the trivial things. It’s a great recipe for happiness. Studies have shown that as we get old our mind automatically removes the negative memories and keeps the good ones. Memory loss forces us to forget our worries away and leads to genuine happiness in the small things of day to day life. Again this depends on your outlook and you have to be able to laugh at yourself to find happiness with old age.
3. Emotional Maturity:
As you grow old you learn how to handle your emotions better. It’s a skill that takes a lifetime to master. You don’t get too angry or too sad or too regretful about anything. When you know you have to face death in a few years, the trivial things of life don’t matter that much. You begin to truly live. And with the emotional maturity that you get with old age, life can be really good.
2. Free Time:
People dread retirement and old age and can’t imagine how they’d spend their day but actually they should be grateful that they finally have all the free time they could want. Old age doesn’t mean it’s time to sit back and just wait for death. You can use this free time to do all the things you’ve always wanted to do. Growing old doesn’t mean you have to stop growing so use this free time to learn a new skill and improve yourself and chase your dreams.
The best thing about growing old is the resulting wisdom. It comes when you accept death and old age and let go of youth. All the points above come together to give you wisdom and you get better at living life. You can teach this to other young people and give genuine advice to others. It is also a great time to build great relationships with others. Your partner, family and friends will all become very close to you when you get old and wise.