With age comes experience, wisdom, mistakes, and lessons learned. Who better to seek life advice from than our elders, who have been there, done that, and probably have a great story to tell about it? Here we have gathered senior advice that the elderly would tell their younger selves, branching across multiple aspects of life, from family to your career and beyond.
Advice From The Elderly
Live in the moment
As time goes on, one of the worst feelings you can pester is the sense that you’ve wasted precious time. Whether this is time spent waiting for the weekends, waiting for your next paycheck, or waiting to finally make that next step in your life. The key to living a fulfilled life is to enjoy where you’re at now, no matter where that may be. In the blink of an eye, your kids will be grown up, out of your house and onto new things. Spend as much time with them as possible, as well as your other loved ones. Visit your parents and extended family, and make them feel loved and appreciated while you are still able to. Life changes very quickly, and if you don't embrace the little things, it might just pass you by.
See as much of the world as you can
Once you step outside your comfort zone, you can see that life is full of experiences and memories to be made far and wide! Never pass up an opportunity to travel, see the world, experience new cultures and widen your perspective. Some of the greatest lessons can be learned by putting yourself in someone else's shoes and seeing life through their eyes. A 100-year old woman shared her thoughts on traveling, by saying “Travel while you’re young and able. Don't worry about the money, just make it work. Experience is far more valuable than money will ever be.”
Don't work a job you hate
You may have heard the infamous quote “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” which is good advice, to an extent. While this is something you are told your whole life, to follow your dreams and chase after your passions, for how many of us does it become a reality? Of course, as you grow up you realize there are many aspects to consider when selecting an occupation, such as the salary, location, and the benefits. It is not necessarily realistic to live at your desired comfort level while doing the job you enjoy the most. You don’t have to love your job every day, but what’s important is that you don’t hate it and dread your time spent there. You will spend roughly one-third of your life working, which is far too much time to spent longing for the days to end. If you have found yourself in a place where you feel miserable and unsatisfied with your work, know that it is never too late to revisit your passions and start a new career search.
Choose your life partner with extreme caution
When you’re in a relationship, it can either end one of two ways, with a breakup, or with a lifetime spent together. When you are looking to settle down and take things seriously with someone, be as picky as possible. Notice their everyday actions, how they treat the ones they love, how they treat you, what their values and goals are, how they handle disagreements and all the small minute interactions that make up your relationship. Don’t rush into decisions like marriage before you’re ready. Know everything there is to know about this individual before committing to spending the rest of your life with them. Lastly, remember to make sure you love yourself first before committing to a lifetime of loving another person. Senior socialization is extremely important, and that can be fulfilled with a loving life partner.
Take care of yourself
While life goes undeniably fast, you do have the power to make mindful choices every day that will result in your life not being cut shorter than it has to be! Take care of yourself, both mentally and physically to ensure a happier, healthier lifestyle. This doesn't mean you have to go to the gym every day, but tasks as simple as walking your dog or climbing a few flights of stairs every day will keep you active and your blood flowing. Your youth is one thing that once it’s gone, there is no getting it back. The better you take care of yourself now the easier it will be to maintain this healthy lifestyle as you age.
Always choose to look on the bright side
Life isn’t fair, and that's a given, but what you do have control over is making the most of the circumstances you have been dealt. Some days will be longer than others, and there are times where you may feel utterly defeated. The idea to keep in mind is that hard times will pass, and better times are always waiting to be had in the future. Couples married 40 years and beyond have backed the commonly heard advice through the Legacy Project to never go to bed angry. Life is precious, and every day you are given is a gift that you should always appreciate. You never know when the last time you might see someone may be, so let go of grudges enjoy both the highs and the lows of your journey.
Are you looking to gain insight from people who have likely been in the same position as you are at some point? Sit down with your elders and embrace the opportunity to absorb their stories and knowledge! There is a lot to be learned from your seniors, and a little change in perspective is never a bad thing. If your loved one lives in a senior living facility, take this as a chance to not only hear from them but likely hear the stories of others they live with! If you or someone you know is looking to move into a senior living community, visit one of our multiple Landmark Senior Living locations today!