There is a saying that things get better with age. But if you were raised by parents like mine, you may have been conditioned to believe that people are not one of those things. You may have even been told to “Act Your Age” while embracing the kid in you.
You are not alone.
Most people have been forced to believe that a part of them has to die as they get older.
My father is one of those people who finds the need to remind a person how old they are every time he sees them. Not necessarily because he feels they don’t know their own age but more so because he uses their age to size them up.
He believes that a person should accomplish things in life before a certain age.
I am glad that I gained the knowledge and strength to refrain from that way of thinking.
Let me be honest. It wasn’t easy.
There are plenty of things about someone that gets better with age like their happiness, wisdom, decision-making, and their ability to tell a good story.
Take a moment to think about your life over the last five years. I bet you can think of some ways you’ve actually gotten better with age.
Now that I think about it, some things can die as a person gets older like: complaining, procrastinating, looking for others to blame, and not taking their health seriously.
Just because parts of you need to die as you get older, that doesn’t mean that you have to stop doing what makes you happy.
Here are some ways to make sure that your age doesn’t define your happiness.
Find Your Purpose
Everyone has been blessed with a purpose in life. You just have to find out what that purpose is. One thing that is not is living your life by someone else’s blueprint.
As human beings, we all have things in life that happen to our bodies that could slow us down. Remind yourself that God is the creator of those bodies and He equipped them with the ability to heal themselves. As long as you give your body the fuel and workout it needs, nothing should be allowed to slow you down.
Get to Know Your Neighbors
We live in a society where not too many people are eager to get to know their neighbors. We can thank the media and their consistent need to spread the bad news for that. If you need to, go on a news detox and challenge yourself to meet at least one new neighbor a day. You may be surprised to find the greatness that lives right next door.
Nurture Your Financial Health
We all may have heard of the old, fat guy in the red corvette. He may not realize it, but he has been pre-conditioned as well. Instead of spending money on what would actually bring him joy, like his family, he believes that he should spend it on material things. You don’t have to be the old, fat guy. Nurture your money in ways that will allow it to help others for generations to come.