Don’t act your age
Benjamin Franklin once said, “We do not stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
Those wise words are ones every “person of a certain age” should take to heart. Society tells us that we should think and act a certain way once we’re seniors – and sometimes physical limitations seem to reinforce the notion that we should act our age – but in fact there’s no particularly good reason why we should play by society’s seemingly arbitrary rules.
Choosing to live inappropriately is much more fun. Obviously you need to take your physical health into consideration (and possibly check with your doctor) when plotting your playtime, but once you have there’s nothing that need hold you back.
It’s not a matter of trying to feel young again; it’s about embracing the age you are and the state you’re in and choosing to live a riotously adventurous and fulfilling life just the same. Because you’ve earned the right.
January 18 – 24 is Hunt For Happiness Week, so it’s the perfect time to chart a new course, set new goals, and live your one beautiful life to the very fullest no matter how old you are.
Here’s a little inspiration to get you started:
- Go back to school. Some colleges and universities waive tuition fees for people over 60, so if you’ve always wanted to get a degree in fashion design or industrial engineering, now’s the time to give it a try!
- Enroll in adult summer camp. Camps for adults interested in grown-up adventures are the newest thing. Check out this Membership Matters article for more information.
- Wear what you like. Who says skinny jeans and Chucks are only for the young? The young-at-heart can totally rock them too.
- Expand your circle. Older people are amazing, and there’s comfort in being with people who understand exactly what it’s like being at your age and stage in life, but there’s a lot to be said for making time for younger folks too. Their priorities, viewpoints, and life experiences are just different enough that they can inspire you to see your life through fresh eyes.
- Take up a sport. Even if you have some physical limitations, there are options for you! Tai chi, yoga, swimming, golf, and even cycling can be fantastic ways to get out, move your body, and expand your social circle.
- Get technical. Your kids and grandkids probably have all kinds of electronic devices, so join the club! Learn how to FaceTime with your family members, set up a Facebook account, send texts, and take selfies! Check out these top 10 tech tips for seniors from The Examiner.
The goal is not to be outrageous for the sake of being outrageous; it’s to make sure you’re not limiting yourself to a lifestyle that society thinks you should have simply because you’ve reached a certain age. Take Dylan Thomas’ advice and do not go gentle into that good night, but burn and rave at close of day.1
And enjoy every single moment of it.
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