When we’re young, we feel invincible! However, youth’s folly makes way for age’s wisdom, and we can’t avoid the harsh truths about aging.
Age eventually catches up to us all, but there are many ways to put off the inevitable so you can enjoy many healthy years.
Here are the worst aspects of aging and people’s secret advice for managing them.
Injuries Catching Up
We all did crazy stuff in our youth, but those old skiing and work injuries are finally catching up to us, causing knee and joint pain.
Put off the worst by engaging in resistance training throughout your life. Get resistance bands to work out your joints, and visit a physical therapist if you can afford it.
Humans age and pass on to the next world. There’s nothing we can do to stop it. The worst thing about aging is watching the older generations age, then slowly wither and fade.
Appreciate Them Now
You can’t stop time or change the facts of life. But you can prioritize the important people in your life today. Make time for your aging friends and family members while they’re still here.
Time Moves Ever Faster
Years fly by as we age. Yesterday, it was winter, and today, it’s suddenly fall once again. It goes so quickly that we often miss out on the things that truly matter.
Mindfulness and Anticipation
Although we can’t stop the world from turning, we can slow it down. First, embrace mindfulness. Become present in every moment, and savor how things smell, taste, look and feel. When you slow down to truly observe everything around you, time stands still.
Second, have things to look forward to. Plan trips to exotic locales and take classes to learn new things. When we constantly challenge our minds, we’re more likely to remember crucial moments.
When we’re kids, we truly believe that anything is possible. We can be scientists, explorers, doctors, or engineers.
As we age, we must choose our paths. Each door we open locks another until one day, we look back and realize we never did anything we wanted and no longer have the ability.
It’s Not Truly Lost
Some doors may be inaccessible to us now, but it’s vital to remember that there’s still a ton of potential out there, regardless of our age. Embrace a growth mindset and dedicate your life to learning. There are still worlds of opportunity out there, you just have to work harder for it.
Consider Your Choices
You must also change your perspective on the lost potential. No one can have everything. We all have to make choices sometimes. Those choices helped you become who you are.
Perhaps you never became a novelist because you chose to raise a family instead. You may wistfully consider what life would be if you stuck with your craft, but what would you have lost?
Often we realize that the lost potential wasn’t really lost; it just wasn’t what we ultimately wanted.
One harsh reality of growing up that people often don’t discuss is the loss of friendships. It’s easy to make friends when you’re forced into school with thirty people your own age or when you’re in college and every night’s a party.
When you get older, your priorities change. Between building a career and family, we often lose time for the friends we have and don’t know how to make new ones.
Nurture Your Friendships
It’s all about priorities. A friendship is like a plant; you must water it. Make time for your friends, even if it’s just a video chat once a month. When things calm down, and you have more free time, you’ll be glad you held on to these vital relationships.
Making friends as an adult is hard but not impossible. Join community sports teams to make friends in your neighborhood, or volunteer with a local charity to meet like-minded people.
Keeping With the Times
Abe Simpson famously said, “I used to be with ‘it’, but then they changed what ‘it’ was. Now what I’m with isn’t ‘it’ anymore, and what’s ‘it’ seems weird and scary. And it’ll happen to you!” and he was right.
We lose touch with new trends and new technology as we age, and the older we get, the harder it is to keep up.
Make an Effort
You don’t have to lose touch. Many people do because they find a comfort zone and stick with it, letting the world pass them by. However, if you make an effort to keep up with the latest trends in technology, you won’t get left behind.
However, you may find that you prefer to let it go one day.
Savor Every Moment
They often say time flies, and that’s true. We’re often so busy we don’t even notice the days and years slip away.
Improve Your Life Regardless of Age
If you’re not ready for the hard work, take smaller steps that will help you improve your life starting today.
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