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6 Choices I Am Making As I Age

6 Choices I Am Making As I Age

"The older I get, the less I care about what people think of me. Therefore the older I get, the more I enjoy life."

As we age, we liberate ourselves from the expectations and obligations that once tethered us, opening up a world of possibilities and allowing us to focus on what truly brings us joy. This freedom is a beautiful aspect of aging, promising a future filled with personal growth and new experiences, inspiring us to look forward to the journey ahead.  

Choices I've Made with Age

Waiting in long lines is something I can't imagine wanting to do at my age. When I was young, waiting in lines for concerts and amusement park rides didn't bother me a bit. But today, no thanks. I will find a YouTube video of my favorite performers and enjoy it in the comfort of my home. This not only saves me time and energy but also allows me to enjoy the performance without the hassle of waiting. And I am good with that.  

Arguing with people—what's the point? With age comes a wealth of wisdom to discern what's worth our energy, giving us the confidence to choose our battles wisely. This wisdom empowers us to focus on what truly matters rather than getting caught up in trivial disagreements, reassuring us that we are making the right choices.

Nighttime driving is just one more thing that becomes harder as we age. Yes, our eyesight dims as we age, and night lights can cause problems. So, I limit my nighttime driving as much as possible. If you are in a similar situation, consider planning outings during the day or using public transportation for night trips. And if I do drive at night, it's in well-lit, familiar areas.

I gave up staying up late a long time ago and have never looked back. I would much rather be an early riser. Studies show that older people who are early risers are happier and healthier than night owls. I am not going to argue with that.  

My priorities have evolved significantly with age. I no longer engage in activities that require me to be on the floor. Instead, I focus on exercises that can be performed while standing or sitting, such as yoga or chair exercises. I only sit on the floor if I have a well-thought-out plan for getting back on my feet. And quite frankly, I can't think of a single reason why I would want to sit on the floor.

With age, I've learned to embrace leisure and comfort. There's nothing wrong with having lazy days. Sometimes, a good book, movie, and a comfy chair beat being productive. This self-care is an essential part of aging, allowing us to find comfort and relaxation at our own pace, reassuring us that it's okay to take it easy sometimes, and encouraging us to prioritize our well-being.  

"Aging is not an option, not for anyone. It is how gracefully we handle the process and how lucky we are, as the process handles us."


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