It is no secret that from the day we learn how to walk all most of us want to do is run, run, run! We eagerly take on various tasks and slowly find that our responsibilities continue to pile on the older we get. We tackle these responsibilities either because we feel we have to or because we deem value in the opportunity they provide us with. We spend many years of our lives in these routines that although rather exhausting, seem to give our life more “meaning”. So what happens when you reach an age where daily tasks have become increasingly difficult and you can longer run? You slow down. You slow down because you have to and although many of us have been exhausted for years now, just the very thought of slowing down can bring us grief. We become so accustomed and comfortable with our busy lives that when we are no longer “busy”, we almost feel as though we’ve lost some meaning to our lives. This feeling is natural as feelings of boredom can transform into loneliness and loss of purpose.
Isn’t ironic that even though most of us also could not wait to finally slow down and relax, we may still find ourselves in a season of life where we desperately miss the busy. The point is, it’s easy to get bogged down when you no longer feel you can do the things you once did, even if those things once seemed cumbersome. It is important that we learn to accept ourselves in all stages of life and perhaps shifts our views on how we perceive meaning to our life. I challenge you to embrace this new found stage of life and make it just as meaningful as you wish for it be! In an effort to embrace and spread some positivity on this stage of life ; compiled below are some daily reminders/ quotes every senior should hear.
“You are never too old to set a new goal or dream a new dream”. –C.S Lewis
“Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength” –Betty Friedan
“Do something today that will make you feel like a child again“-Unknown
“Get your hopes up. Raise your expectations. Your best days are still in front of you.“- Joel Osteen
“Embrace the current season of your life“- Garbielle Blair
“Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.”-Walt Disney
“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age“.- Sophia Loren
Remember there is always room for growth and new memories to be made, you taught yourself how to get this far now enjoy it, you’ve earned it.
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