“Birthdays don’t seem a celebration anymore; the candles cost more than the cake. I have invested more money paying parlor bills than my house installment last month. Grey hairs are multiplying like an ant colony; however hard I try, they manage to get spotted. It’s inevitable, and hard to sink in, but its real and its here. I am growing OLD.”
Due to the stigma attached with old age, we have all feared it at some point of time in our lives. The 40s are the toughest time, when age seems to be ticking away in a jiffy of a clock.
“I have had a wonderful life, now I can easily sit back and enjoy my old age”, said no middle aged man ever. Isn’t it human nature to be craving for more than he has achieved? Growing old becomes more of a struggle for many, with the body giving up on it, while the mind still keeps repudiating it.
If you have also found yourself caught in a similar crisis, we are here to help you. Instead of fidgeting about fears of your approaching old age, why not try to age beautifully like wine? Here is a list of top 10 things that you should do to embrace your life and age gracefully with time:
10. Accept it
Enough of the eternal fight within yourself, the first thing you must do is accept you’re your age. Once you acknowledge it, you will realize that it seemed more frightening in your mind than reality. Old age is not just about sagging skin or grey hairs, its more about an experienced outlook, an air of respect and a more confident streak of facing the life as it comes. You have been through various ups and downs in life, work politics, family dramas, you have had it all. But now, it is time to welcome the more blissful phase of life. Content, soothing and warm, what is not to be loved about the old age?
9. Enjoy the greater things in life
With approaching age, most of us enter the smooth and undisturbed avenues in life, tying ourselves to a routine and follow it blindly . We neglect the finer things nature has to offer us. Take out some time for yourself and reflect back on your life. Relax on a beautiful sunset evening, or have a soothing walk by the seashore. Look at the world like you have never, the music in the chirping of birds, the colors of the sky after a rain. The closer you get to the nature, the more beautiful your life would seem.
8. Enjoy your hobbies
An important work project might have made you overlook your long time love of music, but it’s never too late to go back to things you so enjoyed doing once. Life is too short to postpone things you love doing, repair that old guitar string now or take out your half read novel today. Dance to your favorite tune, or amaze your kids with your incredible coin collection.
7. Travel the world
Remember the time when visiting Disneyland place was your only dream as a child or when you dreamt of packing your luggage for a yearlong world tour. It’s time that you make your dreams come true. Even if you can’t afford an around the world trip, make a trip to places you haven’t visited or always wanted to. Capture your favorite city in your lens; gourmet every country-food; learn new words in different languages; meet new people. Make the most out of your day.
6. Look good, wear a smile
You are only as old as you make yourself. Don’t let your first wrinkle stop you from buying your favorite suit. Look good, feel good about yourself. Dress yourself in well-fitting clothes; walk with a confident smile to stun those around you. Your hairs, your shoes and your composure speaks of your attitude to life, make sure you present your best to the world.
5. Connect with family members
Have conversations with your family over the dining table. Hear their problems, talk about your day at work. It is always a good idea sharing some light moments of life with them, it would bring them closer to you, and some might even end up inspiring them. They are going through an important period of their lives, when they’ll require your advice and experience for taking important decisions in life. Make sure you stand along with them, so will they in your difficult time.
4. Join a noble cause
It’s often said, we live in deeds not in years. What is the point of living a hundred years if you haven’t managed to bring a single smile to someone’s face? Honest gratitude is the most amazing gift one can earn in a lifetime. Donate to a charity, or pay a visit to an orphanage. Read a story book to a little child there, the wonderful smiles you’ll see would make your day and you’ll forget all your worries. Help others, the satisfaction you’ll earn will leave you feeling good about yourself.
3. Eat healthy
Pay special attention to what goes into your mouth. Quit cigars and alcoholic beverages if you don’t wish to end your life coughing and choking. Follow a balanced diet and cut your salt intake. Take care of your body to postpone the signs of aging. Increase your water intake, it purifies the blood and keeps your circulatory system working. Have green vegetables, juicy fruits, this will raise iron content in your diet and save on the doctor’s frequent bills.
2. Go for a morning jog
Set your alarm clock an hour earlier than usual and brush the dust off your jogging shoes. Problem waking up early, you say? Morning breeze has the power to postpone old age (or at least its effects), we say. While keeping your respiratory system fully functional at its best, a light jog in the morning will also keep you energetic throughout the day. Joint pains are the first sign of your body giving up, which can be curbed with regular exercise and yoga in the morning. A little stretching and surya pranayam would bring a youthful glow on your face and lengthen up your stay on earth. Join the early risers and make way for a healthier, wealthier and wise lifestyle.
1. Form great bonds
Possibly the most important of all in the list is to make lifelong friends. Be nice to people who are nice to you. Cherish bonds with your near and dear ones. Surprise a colleague on their birthday, or pay a visit to an old school friend. We often lose touch with people, who were so important in our lives at some point, make them realize they still are. Having caring people around is the most comfortable feeling in the world. You might end up cheering up others life as well, along with your own.
Life is really what you make of it. As remarked beautifully in Ben Jonson’s following lines:
‘It is not growing like a tree,
In bulk, doth make Man better be;
Or standing long on oak, three hundred year,
To fall a log at last, dry, bald and sere:
A lily of a day
Is fairer far in May,
Although it falls and dies that night—
It was the plant and flower of light.
In small proportions we just beauties see:
And in short measures life may perfect be.’