How much does age affect your experience and view point on life?
Very much. I am now 63 years old. With age comes the realization of how stupid and what a fool I was reacting to circumstances, causing miseries to myself and those close to me. I also learn the futility of chasing after material things. When one is 60 years old, each day alive is a bonus. There is no longer the desire to seek anything except good health and inner peace. There is no more time for greed, hatred and revenge or getting even. Now I am able to find peace in my inner self, without fighting against nature.
Age is perhaps the greatest educational tool we will encounter in our lifetime. As we grow older, we learn a lot of things and learn there are a lot of things we did not know. We realize that as we have gotten older, our parents got much smarter because we began to agree more than disagree.
Age gives you the experiences that do not come from books or television. The experience of life, whether you are tremendously successful in your chosen career, or have trouble finding your place in society, each day offers an opportunity to learn something new that may be used to help yourself or perhaps to help someone else.
Good Guy and Larry Wall gave really great responses to your question. I too am over 60 and I know from my own experience that life takes on a totally different perspective with age.
When I was younger so many things seemed monumental in importance and scope and consequently a lot of energy was spent focusing on the superficial rather than things that really matter in life.I have now reached a point where I simply take things with an easier, softer approach. Although we cannot totally remove stress, we can remove many of the conditions that cause it. For instance, I do not use an answering machine on my land line phone or on my cell phone. My philosophy is that if a call is important, then the caller will phone back.
I don't try, rather I do live now with an attitude of gratitude! Jealousy, envy and even anger have taken a backseat to appreciation, jokes, smiles and love of family and friends.
I attempt to mentor the younger crowd to not get all jammed up with how clean the house is, whether their lawns are perfectly manicured, if they are taking the best vacation ever or a myriad of other pressures of life. Instead, I tell them, "Don't sweat the small stuff because when we are on our death beds, it is all small stuff."
Well, with age comes experience. You try your absolute best to make some decisions; try to get some input from someone older. They usually know what they're talking about!
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