Some benefits of aging and becoming a "senior."
When I was a child I thought of the 60s and 70s as the end of life years. Now that I am in my 60s of course my perspective has changed. There's a lot of difficultiy in aging, but there also are some good things.
- •You really are a lot wiser than when you were in your youth.The benefit of life experiences is difficult to explain. Sometimes you realize how important it is to just roll with it when the younger people around you are stressing out. Older people know how to stay out of the fray.
- •You are no longer employed but not in a desperate, "What am I going to do?" kind of mindset.Employment equals structure and expectations. Retirement equals a "live in the moment" mindset.
- •You can sleep as long as you want!I sleep 9-10 hours every night now! I have always needed a lot of sleep and went through decades of sleep deprivation because I had professional, family, and personal needs to attend to after work. Now sometimes I sleep 12 hours to make up for only sleeping eight! Really helps you rejuvenate, heal, and repair.
- •You get a lot of discounts.I guess that is how society congratulates those of us who made it here. It's fantastic. For example, my husband and I can take our two grandchildren to the movies for $24. And we get free popcorn vouchers because we buy movie gift cards instead of paying cash.
- •You have a sense of starting overYou have so much free time that you can reflect upon life experiences, societal and personal issues, beliefs and values.
- •No one expects you to multitaskMultitasking is a myth. If we are trying to do too many things at once we lose focus on some of them and maybe all of them at times. And the outcome is worse not better than if we had done one thing at a time. When you are older and not working you just focus on one thing at a time. I do get easily distracted now so sometimes I move from one thing to another in a seemingly mindless pattern. Well that's because it is a mindless unfocused anti-pattern. This is much more enjoyable.
- •In fact, no one really expect anything of you!You could see this as a negative aspect of aging, but I think of it in a different way. If nothing is expected, then you can easily delight people. You can make them happy with the surprise of something they never expected.
- •I really don't even expect anything of myself.Life without expectations is so liberating. Although I have lots of medical problems and I am chronically and permanently disabled, I still feel free in many ways.
- •I did not tell you anything bad about aging from my perspective.I am adding this one so I am honest in representing myself. There are a lot of negative aspects of aging, too. I just chose to leave them out right now.