5 Goals We Should Set As We Get Older
"Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength."
Goal setting is not just for the young. We may not have as much time left as the young do, but we still need a focus and a plan. We still have a lot of living to do. We are old, but we are still alive and breathing. And no matter our age, we need a purpose in life. Everyone needs a reason to get up in the morning.
So here you are, no longer working or raising a family. Guess what? It's okay. There is life after working and raising your kids. Find a new purpose in life. Set some goals and start working on achieving them.
"Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art."
Goal number one- a workable morning routine.
Wake up at the same time every morning.
Do some gentle stretches or yoga.
Eat a healthy breakfast.
Connect with a loved one.
Plan your day
Get out take a walk. Breathe in the fresh air and enjoy the warm sun.
Plan your day.
Goal number two-the things we should have done
Well, what's stopping you from doing some of those things you didn't get a chance to do? Take an online course or sign up for classes at the community college—volunteer at an animal rescue, a food pantry, or a homeless shelter. If traveling appeals to you, start planning a few trips.
Maybe what you didn't do when you were younger is act silly. Getting old doesn't have to mean you are too old to have some crazy carefree fun.
Enjoy a bonfire and make Smores. How about Filling some balloons with water and have a water balloon fight? Go crazy and dance like Elaine from Seinfeld. You can do these things with your friends or even with your grandchildren. I think both the grandkids and friends would enjoy
"You're never too old to do goofy stuff."
Goal number three-Keep up with the latest technology.
Maybe you are already up on the latest. That's awesome. But if you're kind of unsure about the how-to's of email, texting, and googling, find a grandchild or a knowledgeable friend to give you some pointers. Maybe even find a class to take. Texting and email, and even Facebook is a great way to keep up with family and friends. Don't be intimidated by your phone or tablet. Don't be afraid to give it a try.
"Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed."
Goal number four-Stay Active.
Yes, I am talking about getting in some exercise, but I am also referring to keeping active with family and friends. Go out to dinner, take in a movie. Join a club or a group that has a variety of activities. Many senior centers offer crafts, board games, card games, and even some short day trips. Sign up for a cooking class, a book club.
Goal number five-Make sure to take time for yourself.
Pamper yourself a bit. Sometimes it's just relaxing to sit with a book and a cup of tea. Socializing is good, but we all need alone time now and then.
"Aging is just another word for living."