Reject age. Do not accept the “I’m feeling so old” self-talk. Do not let it fill your thoughts. Instead, think of yourself as someone who is full of energy, life, and vitality. Why? Because your body will follow your thoughts.
I’m sure you’ve heard the adage ‘you are as old as you feel’. Whether you believe it or not, I have found this view to be true. Most days I feel younger than my chronological age, even though I do have days when my body creaks as I literally crawl out of bed. This usually occurs after I’ve pounded out a few miles around Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin the day before, but once I get going, it is usually short lived.
Age is in the mind of the beholder. If I think I am an old retired guy on a fixed income, then that is what I am. But if I think of myself as a retired guy with a couple of things yet to accomplish, my perspective changes. Now I have something to look forward to every morning as I start my day. I have a reason to get my feet on the floor and out the door, even if the body is a little stiff and sore at first.
Here are a few ideas for accomplishing this mental and physical age adjustment.
Write a Blog – Even if it is just for you and your family. Capture your thoughts, ideas, convictions and insights and put them on paper. It’s a therapeutic process transferring your inner notions to the virtually printed page. And if you haven’t done this before, setting up an internet page for your blog gives you an opportunity to learn a new skill. Possibly ask one of your grandchildren to assist. Adding skills is a route to developing new neural pathways, a process for improving your mental acuity and keeping brain deterioration at bay.
Volunteer – Make a difference in someone’s life. You have valuable real life experiences to share in the support of others. Enriching someone else’s life enriches yours as well. Start by making a list of your talents and then research possible opportunities in your area by going to VolunteerMatch.org. Organizations in your community are looking for folks like you who can assist with the accomplishment of their objectives.
Try Something Outside Your Comfort Zone – Break out of some things that feel comfortable. Take on a challenge to develop a new skill, learn an unfamiliar language, or run/walk a race. If you’re not a cook today, learn a few recipes and techniques that can lead to my next tip.
Focus on Your Health – Spend time to better understand how healthy food choices, reducing stress, sleeping better, and daily exercise impacts the quality and longevity of your life. Once understood, adapt what you have learned into your daily routine. Feeling better leads to increased energy, clearer thinking, and a sense of wellbeing.
Refine Your Bucket List – If you haven’t done so already, polish up your bucket list. Cross off the entries you’ve accomplished, keep the ones you have yet to experience, and add a couple new ones. What would you like to do now that you have the time and the freedom to explore, attend, and experience fresh adventures?
Taking the step from your working years into a life of retirement doesn’t mean walking away from your meaning and purpose. Your new 2ND ACT LIFE gives you an opportunity to craft experiences where you give back, learn, and get involved in new activities, all while maintaining your feelings of youthfulness and vigor.
“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age,
which means never losing your enthusiasm.”
English Writer and Philosopher Aldous Huxley
Enjoy your journey!
Gary A. Weuve, CFP®
Founder and CEO
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