It's probably happened to you sometime over the years - a computer crash leaving you without the documents you rely on every day while trying get by on an old machine that normally sits gathering dust in a back closet.
You should have recycled the damned thing a long time ago but, like me, you're lazy and thank god for that now. You're glad it's there while your main computer is being repaired.
Even so, in addition to the lack of any reasonable speed, there are subtle differences in the spacing on the two keyboards so you spend half your time fixing whole lines, even paragraphs of typos.
You say a lot of impolite words and, if you are anything like me, you cut your online time way back – it's just too frustrating.
That is by way of explanation for today's post which I did not write. It turned up in my life this week and gave me an excuse to take a day or two off from TGB.
It is an old post at the website Big Geek Daddy, a place from which I get some of the videos I show you on Saturdays in Interesting Stuff. The title of the document is A List For Aging Wisely.
There is a book, Aging Wisely, published a couple of years ago and a lot of other material with that name. I have no idea if this list is from or related to any of it.
The list contains 21 items. I question or disagree with only five or six of them; the rest are mostly things we all know but need to be reminded of now and then.
So take a look. Click over to the website for more explanation of each item than I have quoted here. Then let us know what you think. Agree with some? Disagree with others? Have you got some of your own worth adding? Let us know in the comments.
- It’s time to use the money you have saved. Spend it and enjoy it.
- Stop worrying about the finances of your kids and grandchildren, and don’t feel bad about spending your money on yourself.
- Stay healthy without a lot of physical effort. Do moderate exercise, like going for walks every day, eat well and get plenty of sleep.
- Always buy the best and most beautiful items for your significant other. The reward of enjoying your money with your partner is priceless.
- Don’t stress over the little things in life. You’ve already overcome so much in your life. You have good memories and bad ones, but the important thing is the present.
- Regardless of your age, always keep love and romance alive. Love your partner, love life, love your family, love your neighbor, love your cat or dog.
- Be strong and proud, both inside and out.
- Don’t lose sight of fashion trends for your age but keep your own sense of style.
- ALWAYS stay up-to-date. Read newspapers, surf the Internet, and watch the news. Make sure you have an active email account.
- Respect the younger generation and their opinions. Hopefully, they will return the respect. They may not have the same ideals as you, but they are the future and will take the world in their direction. Give advice, not criticism, and try to remind them that yesterday’s wisdom still applies today.
- Never use the phrase: “In my day.” Your day is now. As long as you’re alive, you are part of this time.
- Some people embrace their golden years, while others become bitter and surly. Life is too short to waste your days on the latter.
- Do not surrender to the temptation of living with your children or grandchildren (if you have a financial choice, that is).
- Don’t abandon your hobbies. If you don’t have any, make some new ones.
- Accept invitations, even if you don’t feel like it. Try to go to baptisms, parties, graduations, birthdays, weddings, and conferences. Get out of the house and meet people.
- Be a conversationalist. Talk less and listen more. Some people go on and on about the past, not caring if their listeners are really interested. That’s a great way of reducing their desire to speak with you.
- Pain and discomfort go hand in hand with getting older. Try not to dwell on it but accept them as a part of the cycle of life we’re all going through.
- If you’ve been offended by someone – forgive them. If you’ve offended someone – apologize. Don’t drag around resentment with you.
- If you have a strong belief, savor it. But don’t waste your time trying to convince others.
- Laugh. Laugh A LOT. Laugh at everything. Remember, you are one of the lucky ones. You managed to have a life, a long one.
- Take no notice of what others say about you and even less notice of what they might be thinking. They’ll do it anyway, and you should have pride in yourself and what you’ve achieved. Let them talk and don’t worry.
REMINDER: There is more explanation of each item at the website which you can check out here.