If you are in your senior years, you will be thanking your lucky stars for all the bonuses that come with age – or you should be. Some people are so bothered about the downsides of getting older, they overlook the benefits – and there are many. If you are one of those people, just consider these seven great perks of getting older, and you will see why you should be celebrating:
You know yourself better
By the time you reach retirement age, the agonizing uncertainties of youth are long over. You have a pretty good idea about what sort of person you are – your values, skills, and interests, for instance. Knowing yourself can be useful in many ways, also boosting your self-confidence and social ease.
You have life skills and wisdom
Through the decades, you have acquired many skills and gathered an abundant amount of knowledge. Now you can sit back, at last, and reap the benefits. Your opinions on significant issues will also be more apparent by now, simplifying your approach to life. (view life lessons quotes)
You are likely to have more possessions and savings
Through the decades of hard work and grind, you have probably accrued savings and possessions, which you can now enjoy. You may well have acquired your own home, furnishings, and luxuries, for instance, and built up your savings, too.
You are likely to be work-free
If you are of retirement age, you have probably quit your job, or at least cut down on the number of work hours, leaving more time for leisure than ever before. Although you might find yourself be involved with new commitments, such as tending to a sick relative or looking after grandchildren but, most likely you will still have more free time in your older years.
A More Established Social Circle
When you are young, friends come and go, and it’s hard to be sure who your real friends are. However, as you get older, your social circle is refined, with the strongest friendships lasting and the weaker ones lost. You may have fewer friends through this long-drawn-out selection process, but quality is what matters in friendships. (more quotes on friendships)
You are free from parenting commitments
As your children grow up and flee the nest, you have more freedom and energy for other interest and hobbies. Grandparenting may take over, but it doesn’t normally carry the same level of commitment as parenting. For many people, being a grandparent is the highlight of old age, and for some, it’s the best experience in life as a whole. (view parenting quotes) or Grandparent Quotes
With a life’s worth of experience and knowledge under your belt, you reach a new level of confidence in later years. For some, this comes with a sense of calm serenity, too. Think back through your life and ask yourself whether if you have ever experienced such a pleasing sense of balance before. For some, the answer will probably be no. While worries and sorrows may continue, you have developed coping strategies by now. (view quotes on coping)
Next time you hear someone complain about old age, point out its unique advantages and tell them to make the most of them. Meanwhile, be sure to celebrate your own golden age.