August 28, 2016 by Stephen Bentley
9 Eye-Opening Facts About Getting Older For Young People
Many blog posts are prompted by the writer’s own experiences. I’m no different and there is a reason why I chose to write about the ‘9 Eye-Opening Facts About Getting Older …’ aimed at young people.
There is a part of my most recent book in which I describe bumping into a man I hadn’t seen for many years. It happened in London in about 2010; we both knew each other well from forty plus years previously from my Liverpool days.
I walked by and thought ‘That looks like Kevin Dooley. Nah! it can’t be. He looks old.’
Stopping in my tracks, I turned and yelled “Kevin!” He turned around, for it was indeed Kevin.
Inside your head you remain the same person you were when you were say thirty. The body ages and deteriorates but the mind stays intact and should improve, like a good wine, with old age.
As you get older, you cease to worry about the things that worried you in your twenties, thirties and forties. You realize that the rat race is just that and it’s OK to step off the treadmill.
Fashion is largely a concept used by marketeers to delude you into thinking that the product, widget, clothes, handbag, hairstyle or ‘what-have-you’ are vital to your standing in society.
Closely linked to the previous fact is the universal truth that some values are not subject to fashion. Values such as honesty, caring and ‘being yourself’ no matter what others think.
Older people are still interested in sex. It may take on a different form owing to the older body’s gymnastic limitations. And remember, the older person is still young in mind so an old man who admires an attractive young woman is not necessarily a “dirty old man.” An older woman who admires a younger man’s body is not necessarily a “COUGAR.”
As you become older you invariably become less judgmental and more tolerant [See #5]. Try to practice these virtues when you are young.
Many old people are lonely and have lost loved ones. If they live alone, go visit them and bring some joy into their lives. Then hope that someone does the same for you when you are old.
Many older people have led fascinating lives. They have stories to tell, so listen. Do not regret failing to ask questions of the older generations. Once they are gone, so have the eye-witnesses to history.
Many older people have rich life experiences because there was no Facebook or social media “back in the day.” So:
Breathe Some Fresh Air.
Do Something Crazy (But Show Respect)
Laugh and Make Others Laugh.
Stop Making Mark Zuckerberg Even Richer Than He Is Now.
If You Must Read (And I suggest you should) Get Off Facebook and Read Something To Improve Your Mind.
Stop Reading This and Enjoy Life!
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