OMG yes...I enjoy so much more now, because I have come to appreciate the fact that I don't need to race around any more...just enjoy themoment
I think in many cases life can get better. For myself - I'm now 50! - I'm more confident than I ever use to be when young and I don't now give a hoot what anyone thinks about me or what I do. When I was younger I was anxious a lot about what others thought and/or making a fool of myself. Today I couldn't care less and it's very liberating. So I think in the sense that you can get free from a lot of useless hang-ups when you are older, certainly makes life more enjoyable. I think also you are more relaxed as you get older, probably because you are not in an age bracket that is very competitive.
Yes, if a positive outlook on life has developed from both our positive and negative experiences giving us a better opportunity to handle the challenges getting older brings. Otherwise we join the ranks of grumpy old people living in the "good old days" of the past and missing out in the present.
For me, the answer is 100% yes! I should have been born old. I have a better disposition and not much bothers me anymore. I have learned so much and now that I'm older I have the time to put it all in use. Of course, I have many more aches and pains but when I look at others my age I realize I'm in pretty good shape.
I am so grateful for my life and know I am well blessed. I wouldn't want to go back and do it all over again.
I'm a single sexy senior, grandma and love my life.
Thank you God.
This is a difficult question to answer. Life has been 'better' each step along the way if that makes sense. Every stage of my life I have reveled in and found myself enjoying.
There is something very special about being retired. I now have the freedom to do what I really like, to watch the grass grow, to enjoy a cuppa on my porch, to work in my garden more, to travel, to spend more time with my family...so again I have found another stage of my life to enjoy and consider as 'better.'
I think the answer to your question depends on who you ask. Growing older means more experiences, a stronger sense of self-confidence, but with fewer remaining years. Like everything, there are inherent positive and negative aspects with aging. Reaching the statistical probability that more than half your life is in the review mirror, leaves one feeling like its "now or never". Depending on personality, personal preferences and values, the realization of mortality can be motivating. Those areas we neglected in youth are often approached with urgency. With aging, many people "get real" and do the things they never had or made time for when they were busy taking care of their responsibilities. Retirement brings the time to fulfill dreams, such as travel, greater involvement with family, hobbies, further education or leisurely relaxation and fun.
Unfortunately, as we age, our health becomes more fragile and, often, illness can waylay the best laid plans. When I was young, I saw many neighbors look forward to retirement, only to develop devastating illnesses that changed their plans and quickly took their lives. One neighbor and friend who had just retired, developed a blood clot. Long story short, after being air-lifted to an excellent hospital, he had a reaction to the blood-thinner used to dissolve the clot in his foot and ended up a double-amputee. Depressed,but not defeated, his car was fitted with hand controls that enabled him to drive and he was beginning to get out among friends when he developed spinal cancer. He and his family suffered tremendous loss with his premature, agonzing death shortly after retiring.
As we get older, we all witness these kind of sad stories. There are no guarantees in life. No one knows how or when our turn will come. With age, we come to appreciate the things we once took for granted, like a good night's sleep, feeling well, a beautiful day, a summer rain, our dog's unconditional love, a grandchild's laughter, a spouse or lover's smile. The undeniable reality of our mortality creates appreciation for what was once considered mundane, boring or routine. Rather than the frantic pace of our youth, age savors, making everything good even better.
Life does get better as you grow old because you learn many things on your way and you can share your knowledge and advice. You learn to look at life from a new angle, live life to the fullest and enjoy each and every moment. The best part is that you have a treasure trove of memories to dig up from whenever you want and enjoy them. Cheers to life and getting old.
Hi learner365! For me, the answer is yes, without a doubt. I was thinking about this very thing the other day and realized that I would not want to go back....I love it here!!
Yes, you get to watch your children and your grandchildren grow up. You get to see the impact of your work. You have more time to rest towards the end of your life.
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