Rules to Follow Between 65 And Death!
Many of us are between 65 and death. An old friend sent me this
excellent list for aging, and, I have to agree itís good advice to
01 Ė Itís time to use the money you saved up. Use it and enjoy it.
Donít just keep it for those who may have no notion of the
sacrifices you made to get it. Remember there is nothing more
dangerous than a son or daughter-in-law with big ideas for your
Warning: This is also a bad time for investments, even if it seems
wonderful or fool-proof. They only bring problems and worries.
This is a time for you to enjoy some peace and quiet.
02 Ė Stop worrying about the financial situation of your children
and grandchildren, and donít feel bad spending your money on
03 Ė Keep a healthy life, without great physical effort. Do
moderate exercise (like walking every day), eat well and get your
sleep. Itís easy to become sick, and it gets harder to remain
healthy. That is why you need to keep yourself in good shape and
be aware of your medical and physical needs. Keep in touch with
your doctor, do tests even when youíre feeling well. Stay
04 Ė Always buy the best, most beautiful items for your significant
other. The key goal is to enjoy your money with your partner. One
day one of you will miss the other, and the money will not provide
any comfort then, enjoy it together.
05 Ė Donít stress over the little things. Youíve already overcome
so much in your life. You have good memories and bad ones, but the
important thing is the present. Donít let the past drag you down
and donít let the future frighten you. Feel good in the now. Small
issues will soon be forgotten.
06 Ė Regardless of age, always keep love alive. Love your partner,
love life, love your family, love your neighbor, and remember: A
man is not old as long as he has intelligence and affection.
07 Ė Be proud, both inside and out. Donít stop going to your hair
salon or barber, do your nails, go to the dermatologist and the
dentist, keep your perfumes and creams well stocked. When you are
well-maintained on the outside, it seeps in, making you feel proud
strong. Donít lose sight of fashion trends for your age, but keep
your own sense of style. Thereís nothing worse than an older
person trying to wear the current fashion among youngsters. Youíve
developed your own sense of what looks good on you Ė keep it and
be proud of it.
Itís part of who you are.
09 Ė Always stay up-to-date. Read newspapers, watch the news. Go
online and read what people are saying. Make sure you have an
active email account and try to use some of those social networks.
Youíll be surprised what old friends youíll meet. Keeping in touch
with what is going on and with the people you know is important at
10 Ė Respect the younger generation and their opinions. They may
not have the same ideals as you, but they are the future, and will
take the world in their direction. Give advice, not criticism, and
try to remind them that yesterdayís wisdom still applies today.
11 Ė Never use the phrase In my time. Your time is now. As long as
youíre alive, you are part of this time. You may have been
younger, but you are still you now, having fun and enjoying life.
12 Ė Some people embrace their golden years, while others become
bitter and surly. Life is too short to waste your days on the
Spend your time with positive, cheerful people, itíll rub off on
you and your days will seem that much better. Spending your time
with bitter people will make you older and harder to be around.
13 Ė Do not surrender to the temptation of living with your
children or grandchildren (if you have a financial choice, that
is). Sure, being surrounded by family sounds great, but we all
need our privacy.
They need theirs and you need yours. If youíve lost your partner
(our deepest condolences), then find a person to move in with you
and help out. Even then, do so only if you feel you really need
the help or do not want to live alone.
14 Ė Donít abandon your hobbies. If you donít have any, make new
You can travel, hike, cook, read, dance. You can adopt a cat or a
dog, grow a garden, play cards, checkers, chess, dominoes, golf.
You can paint, volunteer or just collect certain items. Find
something you like and spend some real time having fun with it.
15 Ė Even if you donít feel like it, try to accept invitations.
Baptisms, graduation, birthdays, weddings, conferences. Try to go.
Get out of the house, meet people you havenít seen in a while,
experience something new (or something old). But donít get upset
when youíre not invited. Some events are limited by resources, and
not everyone can be hosted. The important thing is to leave the
house from time to time.
Go to museums, go walk through a field. Get out there.
16 Ė Be a conversationalist. Talk less and listen more. Some people
go on and on about the past, not caring if their listeners are
really interested. Thatís a great way of reducing their desire to
speak with you. Listen first and answer questions, but donít go
off into long stories unless asked to. Speak in courteous tones
and try not to complain or criticize too much unless you really
need to. Try to accept situations as they are. Everyone is going
through the same things, and people have a low tolerance for
hearing complaints. Always find some good things to say as well.
17 Ė Pain and discomfort go hand in hand with getting older. Try
not to dwell on them but accept them as a part of the cycle of
life weíre all going through. Try to minimize them in your mind.
They are not who you are, they are something that life added to
you. If they become your entire focus, you lose sight of the
person you used to be.
18 Ė If youíve been offended by someone Ė forgive them. If youíve
offended someone Ė apologize. Donít drag around resentment with
It only serves to make you sad and bitter. It doesnít matter who
was right. Someone once said: Holding a grudge is like taking
poison and expecting the other person to die. Donít take that
poison. Forgive, forget and move on with your life.
19 Ė If you have a strong belief, savor it. But donít waste your
time trying to convince others. They will make their own choices
no matter what you tell them, and it will only bring you
frustration. Live your faith and set an example. Live true to your
beliefs and let that memory sway them.
20 Ė Laugh A Lot. Laugh at everything. Remember, you are one of the
lucky ones. You managed to have a life, a long one. Many never get
to this age, never get to experience a full life. But you did. So,
whatís not to laugh about? Find the humor in your situation.
21 Ė Take no notice of what others say about you and even less
notice of what they might be thinking. Theyíll do it anyway, and
you should have pride in yourself and what youíve achieved. Let
them talk and donít worry. They have no idea about your history,
your memories and the life youíve lived so far. Thereís still much
to be written, so get busy writing and donít waste time thinking
about what others might think. Now is the time to be at rest, at
peace and as happy as you can be!
And Remember : Life is too short to drink bad wine or lousy beer.
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