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How To Enjoy Life When We Are Older

Updated on August 31, 2013

Everyone wants to live a long and healthy life, but some of us shorten our life span by different things we do and some bad habits we get addicted to.

The main cause of shorting our life span is the abuse and addiction to drugs and alcohol. These two substances are one of the most reasons for a short and sometimes painful life.

There are so many ways to live a healthy and happy life with out all of the harmful things we tend to due to harm ourselves. I was one of those people that had this same problem and really didn't care how long my life would be.

Thinking back at those stupid reasoning s, I chose alcohol over my own life. I was killing myself slowly but surely and just didn't want to change anything at that time in my life.

As we all know, our bodies can take only so much until everything starts to slow up or shut down all together. I felt like I was slowing down for sure, and by looking in the mirror my own face said it all. It was time to quit drinking alcohol and start to live a healthy life.

I thought to myself and in asking the question "how to enjoy life when we are older should be quite an easy question to answer, so I thought.

How in the world can we live a clean and sober life if we are not willing to surrender to our worst enemy?

Well my answer was that I had finally admitted that I had a alcohol addiction and I made my mind up to surrender and get out of the denial I was in for so long. I started to think of all the things that I wanted to do, but couldn't, because of my addiction. I could not do these things or go places because I had the good old alcohol in my system all the time, and I never did drink and drive. So, I was stuck were I was unless someone would drive me.

That's a terrible way to live life knowing that our demons have complete control of our bodies.

We should all try to live the simple life,"at least I'm going to do it from now on". Just to be able to say to your spouse or anyone for that matter, "hey lets take a ride into the country, or hey lets go down to the shore". Anything like that, being spontaneous and just do something that minute with nothing to hold you back.

When I drank, I could not say those things because I was not capable of driving due to the booze. So, in turn we are missing out on many things that we want to do, but can't because of the alcohol.

I have made up my mind to take it slow, one day at a time, and maybe size down with the house and possibly get a houseboat and live on that down in the south, and just start to enjoy life, low key. No worries, and all the hustle and bustle that goes on in our world today.

This is one of the ways that I think would be great living, at least for me. We all tend to get stuck in a rut of working and also running our legs off trying to fulfill everything we have to do in a days time. Not me anymore. I have seen the light and am excited to say goodbye to my demons and move on to a more healthy and happy life.

As I spoke of in other Hubs, we are only here on earth one time and for a very short time, so why waste that precious time being stoned, high or drunk? Even though we know there is life after death, lets not wait till them, lets use our time here they way you truly want it to be used.

In my opinion, if we want a simple life then we are the only ones that are able to change it and take the action needed to achieve our goals.

As we get older we all want to just SIMPLIFY our lives and just relax and take it easy. WE can all do this if your willing to give up all the luxury's in our lives and live life pour and simple while we are here on earth.

In my mind I truly think that our minds and bodies would appreciate our decision to change. My little toys that I really don't even need. I just have to keep working and working to pay for them.

© 2010 Mark Bruno


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    • saddlerider1 profile image


      8 years ago

      It's all about setting our priorities straight and doing some of if not all of our vices:0) with more moderation or totally going cold turkey and quitting them all together.

      As I've grown older I have found less desire for alcohol and have cut back dramatically, I enjoy some wine occasionally. I don't smoke so that's a bonus, eating sometimes can get the best of me. However I will detox, cleanse lose weight and continue. We try to mostly eat organic and have cut back on meat. Veggies are much more nourishing along with juicing. So far my health is pretty good, staying away from the doctor's office is a good thing and on no medications at all. So life is good:0) Thanks for the share, very interesting hub.

    • MPG Narratives profile image

      Marie Giunta 

      8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Isn't there a saying "money can't buy you love", well it's very true. Enjoy the ones who love you but firstly love yourself. Well done in cleaning up your life.

    • equealla profile image


      8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      The best car is a paid car, they say. Even if it is an old car. You are right. Our wealth is in the things we can appreciate with our loved ones, and not in the things we buy with money.

    • VagabondE profile image


      8 years ago from Hitting the road again

      I agree. The simple life is the way to go.

    • Lady_E profile image


      8 years ago from London, UK

      I love your attitude to life. It's also nice to be spontaneous - life is an adventure after all.

      Very inspiring Hub as some people think life winds down about the age of 40/45. If we follow your advice, at such an age, Life has just begun.

      One day at a time...



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