How do you feel about getting older? When you have kids, time starts to fly by at a high rate of knots and before you know it it’s 10-15 years down the line. Once you hit this period of your life, it seems the usual thing is to start to worry. After all, no one ever says they want to get old – quite the reverse, actually. But let’s be honest for a minute. What, exactly, are you worried about? There is plenty to look forward to when it comes to ageing, and today, we’re going to go through some of the major benefits.
You’re in good company
In case you hadn’t noticed, as every year passes the nation’s average age is going up. There are more people alive over sixty than there ever has been before, and by the time you hit that figure, there will be millions more on top of that. So, don‘t panic about your age – after all, the alternative is just about as bleak as it gets.
You will stop getting colds
A lot of people believe the elderly to be weak and always sick. But while it’s true that your muscles and bones lose strength over the years, parts of your immune system will never be in better shape. Research shows that your immune system that fights against things like cold and flu can remember every virus it has had for the last 40-50 years and knows exactly what to do when you pick one up. That’s impressive, and the result is that you will suffer fewer colds and sniffles all through your 40s, 50s, 60s and early 70s.
You lose your inhibitions
Do ever stop yourself saying something or wearing particular clothes because you are worried what people might think? If so, hang in there – by the time you reach 60+, you will care less and less. Yes, it can work against you – some elderly people can be a little too frank in their opinions. But imagine being able to actually say what you think, wear what you like, and not care a jot about what other people are saying about you.
It’s more fun than you think
When you retire, you will have heaps of spare time on your hands, and assuming you’ve saved for a decent pension and paid off your mortgage, a reasonable amount of disposable income. Even if you end up in a retirement home, the future is pretty bright. A lot of the most popular nursing homes are fantastic communities that put on events and give you some sort of independent lifestyle to enjoy. And let’s be honest – what parents out there aren’t looking forward to the relatively easy relationships you will have with your grandkids?
You’ll be a whole lot wiser
Finally, people still struggle with life and its constant stream of problems well into their 50s. But once you hit your 60s, you will have built up plenty of experience in almost every area you can imagine. There’s a good reason why lots of the older generations are seen as sages – it’s because they really have been there, done that, and worn the t-shirt. Old age? Bring it on!
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