21 Nov 5 Life Lessons Older People Can Teach You
In our pervasive culture of youth, it’s all too easy to forget the experience and wisdom which can be gleaned from spending more time around our elders.
Here are five major life lessons which older people can tell you.
1. Find your purpose
Elderly people know how important it is to find and maintain a sense of purpose in life, whether that’s research, study, family, your chosen line of work – we all must have a goal, and something to strive for.
Many older people will tell you that while for some people this ‘purpose’ is just one thing – an overarching goal which shapes everything they do, throughout their lifetime – for many of us, our purpose changes as we go through life.
Take their advice and pursue those goals which fuel your imagination.
2. Value your relationships
Friends, family and personal relationships are vital to ensuring our continued health and wellbeing as we get older.
When we’re very young, making friends can seem quite simple – education and after-school clubs provide plenty of opportunities for mixing with people our own age.
However, understand that while many of these early friendships may fall away with time, for the precious few you should stay in touch, cultivating a real support system which rises above the sometimes-superficial connections enabled by our fast-paced Insta-messaging society.
3. Have a sense of humour
A sense of humour is one of the most important life skills you can learn, helping you laugh through some unfortunate circumstances and lead a healthier life.
Smiling and laughing cheers you up and also lifts the mood of people around you, making you someone they want to be around.
Laughter is great medicine – and can help unburden you of many of your worries.
4. Don’t be afraid to plan
Sometimes planning makes us feel unspontaneous, but having set plans in place helps you to have things to look forward to during bad days or times of stress.
Whether that’s a holiday to think about, a class or club, or simply ensuring you have taken care of your insurance should the worst happen – these things can help you lead a richer, happier life.
5. Have gratitude
Don’t fall into the trap of comparing yourself with others – this will only make you feel smug or unhappy, depending on where you think you are on this imaginary scale.
Instead, exercise gratitude for all you have, and be grateful for all the many blessings of your life.