Enjoy Life and Age Gracefully
Enjoy Life and Age Gracefully
We are all growing older by the day & there is no way we can escape that. But we can certainly stay young in heart, mind & spirit even as we grow older in body. Age is a state of mind & in fact more an attitude than a matter of years. It is sad that many people view old age as a terrible time of life & are depressed, filled with disappointment & failure, haunted by a sense of emptiness & futility. Many people resent the fact that they are unable to be active & do the things they used to do.They feel out of touch with the latest technology or unable to cope with it.
I personally have a great love for the elderly people. My love dates back to the time when I was a little girl & greatly admired my neighbour, Aunt Rita whom I keenly observed & often commended for her ways & ability to age gracefully.She left for her Heavenly abode at the age of 92. Her pleasant disposition, active life style, zest & enthusiasm left me in awe. Well groomed, always smiling & cheerful she was always ready to share her experiences & knowledge to all who crossed her path. She inspired me & I developed a love for the aged & enjoy spending time with them.
Old age should be the greatest time of life when one can sit back, relax & enjoy seeing their labours, efforts & struggles paid off & dreams coming to fruition. Youth is full of excitement & energy, learning, experimenting & dreams. We work hard to fulfil our desires & climb the ladder of success. Old age is the time to enjoy the fruits. One should never fear old age nor fight it but take hold of this stage of life & make something beautiful of it.
Many elderly people are ailing, their body tired from the wear & tear of life. They are in pain or discomfort & some are bed-ridden. Depending on the circumstances they worry about what will happen to them, who will take care of them or dread that they may become a burden to others. A little understanding will ease & set their minds at rest. Many love to talk & share their ideas. If you sit & listen to them, you will unearth the most amazing treasures. They have fascinating stories to tell, the juiciest episodes of their lives, the best recipes like mouth watering pickles & food. Their vast experience & knowledge is a treasure. Most of them are so talented but that God given talent cannot be passed on to anyone unless one takes the initiative & interest to watch them in action & learn from them. All they need is love & when they know they are loved & appreciated for past efforts, they are able to put their lives in perspective & counter the feelings of regret over failure or short comings which may be real or imagined.
Many elderly people feel lonely as their children have settled abroad either married or working there. Some have lost their better half & some are in the old aged homes eagerly awaiting visitors.The mobile phone is a blessing for them as they can keep in touch with their children, grand children & friends wherever they may be at any time. Whatever be the situation, it is important to make the right choice to enjoy life by adopting a good attitude, connecting to God & aging gracefully. I have had the opportunity to meet many such people. There was a 93 year old lady with such a cheerful disposition, happy & full of fun. She shared so many jokes & the room resounded with her loud laughter. In fact she cheered my spirit. She was full of life even at that age. It was fun being with her.
As I write about aging I once again remember Aunt Rita. She lived on the 2ND floor & the building did not have an elevator. But that did not deter her from coming down every morning & evening either to pursue her hobbies, visit the church or friends or just to buy something & take a walk in the park. She also visited the club where she met friends of her age or younger for a tea party & a time of sharing, fun & laughter.
The church organizes different activities for the senior citizen like picnics, get-together,parties exhibitions,dramas & movies in the auditorium. It is heartening to see them get into the buses that are arranged to take them. They are so happy & excited chatting away with their friends & many of them are 80+. At the parties it is so good to see some of them on the dance floor swaying away to the music & others tapping their feet on the floor to the beat, exchanging memories of their earlier days when they were young & more agile. It is interesting to see their style of dressing & the joy & radiance on their faces.
It is so important to keep active. Do some simple easy to do exercises, walk as much as you can but don't push too hard.Keep an active social life interacting with your children, grandchildren, friends & relatives, may be even taking part in church activities & sharing with others your wonderful life experiences. Admiring nature can be enjoyable & refreshing. Playing board games like chess, scrabble, carom & even card games can be fun especially with your grand-children & also friends. Pursue your hobbies like reading, writing, listening to music & doing the things you love to do - whatever it is that keeps you happy & in good spirits. Adopting a positive attitude will go a long way in helping you age gracefully.
Never resist the changes that take place naturally at this time of life, but accept them & learn to enjoy life. Resisting only puts a strain on health & happiness. Sulking & remembering the unpleasant things of the past will only make life unhappy. Be at peace by forgiving & forgetting all past hurts . Life is what we make it.
So go ahead be happy & enjoy life!