If aging scares you, you’re not alone. If aging frustrates you, you are not alone. If you dread aging—again, you are not alone. But, you may be a minority. As it turns out, attitudes about aging are shifting, and for good reason. It’s true, for most of us, the senior years bring a lot of change, and some of that change is not what we want or enjoy. But that doesn’t mean that aging can’t bring us a new lease on life and there are ample reasons why:
We understand that aging can bring heartbreak and a sense of lost independence, but when you look at it from the perspective of these benefits, it’s easier to realize that you also possess critical tools for navigating those changes. It can be really empowering, when you think about it. So, the next time you feel discouraged or frustrated—try to take time to look at what you have and how it can bring you a fresh perspective and unveil new aspects to your life:
Get out there and challenge someone to that chess match you never had time to play.
Take time to sharehat you know with younger loved ones in your life.
Relish that peaceful sleep and think about all the things you can do now that you feel better rested and less stressed.
Talk about what makes you happy and think about new activities that will bring you joy—then go do them!