Jun 24, 2015 by Anonymous
As we age, we tend to focus on the challenges, difficulties, and ailments, but there are some great benefits to getting older. If we focus on the positives, we can enjoy getting older, which is inevitable anyway, and live life to the fullest.
For many of us, too much of our youth is spent attempting to impress others, live up to standards we did not create, and doing what is expected of us. Once we reach a certain age, we begin to define ourselves by our own standards and become confident in spending our time pursuing the activities and goals that make us happy. Most seniors have stopped worrying about what others think and are comfortable in their own skin. This is a great attitude to have.
Not only do you have more family members to enjoy as your children have blessed your with grandchildren and possibly even great-grandchildren, but you have more time to spend with them. Retirement gives us time to pursue the hobbies, interests, and activities that we have always wanted to do, and you can participate in them with your brood of descendants.
Some of that free time can also be used to see the parts of the world that you’ve always dreamed of. For many seniors, retirement is a time of financial stability with mortgages paid off and kids out on their own. The time and money to travel provides amazing opportunities for adventure.
Seniors understand better than anyone that there are some things you simply must learn over time. One of the greatest benefits of aging is the wisdom and understanding that come from decades of living. You have greater compassion and ability to appreciate various points of view. Your experience makes you a valuable resource to younger family members.
A wide variety of restaurants, retail stores, and attractions offer lower prices for senior citizens. Many start giving these discounts as early as age 55, so you can enjoy reduced prices for a long time. Not all businesses post their senior discount, so don’t be shy. Ask if you qualify for a lower price everywhere you go, and you could save a significant amount of money.