I’ve just been reading about a book called, “(B)older; Making the Most of our Longer Lives,” by Carl Honoré. At the end of the article there were twelve steps to help you be happy in your later life.
I won’t reproduce all twelve here but I thought you might like a couple of my favourites:
Take yourself out of your comfort zone. Resist being pigeonholed; keep experimenting; challenge yourself and society’s stereotyping of you.
Ignore people who say you can’t teach an old dog, new tricks. You can. Despite the common perception that creativity is the preserve of the young, we can get more creative as we get older. Our neural networks loosen up and we have the confidence and freedom to challenge groupthink.
Or you could take the approach recommended in Jenny Joseph’s poem that was read out by Agnes at the Christmas meeting
......”run my stick along the public railings and make up for the sobriety of my youth. I shall go out in my slippers in the rain and pick flowers in other people’s gardens.” Don’t learn to spit though. That’s just unhygienic.
Whichever way you choose, I hope you make the most of 2019 and enjoy life to the full.
All the best, Viv