They say that life begins at 40.
I disagree. For me, life begins at 55.
When you think you have made a difference in someone’s life, this is the perfect time to pursue your happiness.
Reaching this far, I’ve learned so many lessons about family, life, and relationship. Here are 17 pieces of advice that will help us navigate life at 55 and beyond.
Mind your finances
1. Between 55 and death. It’s time to use the money you saved up. Use it and enjoy it;
2. Do not invest, even if it seems wonderful or fool-proof. They only bring problems and worries. This is a time for you to enjoy some peace;
Stay healthy and love more
3. Keep a healthy life, without great physical effort. Do moderate exercise (like walking every day), eat well, and get your sleep. It’s easy to become sick, and it gets harder to remain healthy;
4. Always buy the best, most beautiful items for your significant other. The key goal is to enjoy your money with your partner. One day, one of you will miss the other, and the money will not provide any comfort then, enjoy it together;
5. Don’t stress over the little things. You’ve already overcome so much in your life. You have good memories and bad ones, but the important thing is the present.
Don’t let the past drag you down and don’t let the future frighten you. Feel good in the now. Small issues will soon be forgotten;
6. Regardless of age, always keep love alive. Love your partner, love life, love your family, love your neighbor and remember: “A man is not old as long as he has intelligence and affection.”
7. Some people embrace their golden years, while others become bitter and surly. Life is too short to waste your days on the latter.
Spend your time with positive, cheerful people, it’ll rub off on you and your days will seem that much better. Spending your time with bitter people will make you feel older and harder to be around;
8. Pains and discomfort go hand in hand with getting older. Try not to dwell on them but accept them as a part of life;
9. If you’ve been offended by someone – forgive them. If you’ve offended someone-apologize. Don’t drag around resentment with you. It only serves to make you sad and bitter.
It doesn’t matter who was right. Forgive, forget, and move on with your life;
10. Speak in courteous tones and try not to complain or criticize too much unless you need to. Try to accept situations as they are;
11. Be proud, both inside and out. Don’t stop going to your hair salon or barber, do your nails, go to the dermatologist and the dentist, keep your perfumes and creams well stocked.
When you are well-maintained on the outside, it seeps in, making you feel proud and strong;
12. Don’t lose sight of fashion trends for your age, but keep your sense of style. You’ve developed your sense of what looks good on you – keep it and be proud of it. It’s part of who you are;
13. Always stay up-to-date. Read newspapers, watch the news. Go online and read what people are saying.
Make sure you have an active email account and try to use some of those social networks. You’ll be surprised at what old friends you’ll meet;
14. Respect the younger generation and their opinions. They may not have the same ideas as you, but they are the future and will take the world in their direction.
Give advice, not criticism, and try to remind them that yesterday’s wisdom still applies today;
15. Don’t abandon your hobbies. If you don’t have any, make new ones. You can travel, hike, cook, read, dance. You can adopt a cat or a dog, grow a kitchen garden, play cards, checkers, chess, dominoes, golf;
16. Try to go. Get out of the house, meet people you haven’t seen in a while, experience something new (or something old). The important thing is to leave the house from time to time. Go to museums, go walk through a park. Get out there;
17. Laugh. Laugh away your worries Remember, you are one of the lucky ones. You managed to have a life, a long one. Many never get to this age, never get to experience a full life.
Our life is not perfect. There would be ups and downs. But we will survive everything. Trust me.
Let us enjoy a quiet life at this stage of our existence.
As the song goes, “Don’t worry, be happy”.
This article was an edited version of a Facebook post from a grade school classmate. I found this very interesting. I figured this might interest my readers and contemporaries. I am sharing this article with permission.