Crabby Old Lady and I have spent a lot of time here in the past couple of months writing about one of the big downsides of old age, serious medical problems. Let's do something different today.
Here is a list of some of the advantages to growing old. I forgot to note where this came from so apologies to whomever I've cribbed it from.
Oh, and if you think some of these are ageist, don't. It's okay among ourselves as you'll see when you realize you're nodding in recognition at each one.
⚫ You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge.
⚫ It's okay to talk to yourself.
⚫ You can't remember when you last laid on the floor to watch television.
⚫ You can nap whenever you feel like it.
⚫ You can reread old books because you've forgotten the ending anyway (similarly for TV shows and movies).
⚫ Your eyes won't get much worse.
⚫ Your secrets are safe because your friends' memories are no better than your own.
⚫ Almost all the difficult, major decisions in life are behind you.
⚫ You can stop trying to keep up with technology.
You could call that list a bunch of silliness, but admit, you've had these thoughts yourself.
The list came to mind recently when I read a story at Lifehack titled 6 Benefits of Getting Older You Probably Never Expected.
You can tell from the headline that it is written for people who are much younger than you and I and in fact, there is nothing in the article that I didn't already know.
But it is good thing nonetheless because it is important that young people and American culture at large be repeatedly reminded that life doesn't end at age 40 or 50 and often gets better as the years pile up.
Noting that no one escapes growing old and that young people's fears of old age are not necessarily invalid, they probably have not considered the advantages. Here are writer Devon Dings' six benefits:
1. We Have Much Clearer Priorities
As we grow older, we are able to differentiate our needs from our wants while focusing on the matters and goals in our lives that are relevant.
2. We Don’t Care As Much What Others Think
It is when we realize that others’ judgment isn’t fatal that we will finally be able to start taking the chances and risks that we’ve held back from.
3. It’s Easier to Manage Our Emotions
We realize how little the opinions of others really affect us, and are able to transform the anger and sadness that we receive into motivational thoughts.
4. Headaches Are Fewer and Further Between
At the start of the study [in 1994] all patients claimed to suffer from one to six migraines a month. When Dr. Dahlof followed up with the patients in 2006, at least 30% of them had not experienced a migraine within the last two years.
PERSONAL NOTE: I never suffered migraines but I had a headache several times a week for most of my adulthood. They diminished as I got older and disappeared entirely 10-15 years ago.)
5. We Have Higher Sense of Self-Worth
At this point in time we have proven over and over that we can do it, and that there isn’t a better way to learn than by failing.... We base our choices [now] on what we can do, or are interested in achieving.
6. We Can Learn From Our Children and Grandchildren
Our children and grandchildren, who have grown up in this new world, will have the capability to assist us and fill in any information gaps. We will have taught these individuals the necessities of living, and the skills required to survive, now they will assist us to do the same.
You can read Dings' full explanations for each one at Lifehack and I am wondering what you would add to his list. Let us know below in the comments.