Are you excited to be turning 60 years old? Maybe you’re depressed that you’re turning 60.
Does it scare you silly to be entering the “first senior decade”?
Well, I’ll be turning 60 very soon. And I’m not sure what to think about it.
On one hand, I’ll finally be old enough to join my parents in getting the 60+ senior discount at Applebee’s.
But on the other hand, well, I’ll be 60 years old.
I can’t believe I thought my life was over when I turned 30.
Thirty ended up being an acceptable age, so maybe turning 60 won’t be so bad, either.
If you are over 60, turning 60 years old, or a few years away from 60, ponder these observations. Let me know if you can relate.
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*Be comfortable in your own skin.
We all age. Wrinkles are inevitable. Pounds may have crept in on us. Some manage it more gracefully, hardly showing the years.
Others, like me, look in the mirror and wonder “Where did she go? What’s happened to me?”.
You’re the same person inside, just looking out of an older face. Whatever your lot, accept yourself and be proud of the person you are now.
*Quit worrying about what others think.
This just means that you should be yourself and not try to conform to what others want you to be.
You know that not everyone will like you. Not everyone wants to be your friend. And that’s ok.
You will find those people out there that accept you as you are, warts and all. Those are your people.
Go ahead and give yourself permission to be the best self you can be. True friends love you that way.
*Retirement is right around the corner.
That doesn’t sound too bad, does it? A little freedom to do what you WANT to do instead of what you HAVE to do.One good thing about being 60: when you can’t find your eyeglasses, they’re almost always on your forehead.Click To Tweet
*This is a time for new adventures.
You’re turning 60 years old. Stay young by exploring new things, new places, new experiences. Remaining young at heart requires work.
Go out with friends, play, take a class, take a road trip. Write your bucket list. Check out this book if you need inspiration!
What things have you always wanted to do? Make a plan and make it happen!
*Take care of yourself.
In order to keep going, you need to take care of yourself. You’ve heard it before, I know, but I’ll say it again.
Exercise, eat right, drink lots of water, see your doctor for all those tests that they say every 60-year-old needs.
Have a laugh – You might enjoy this article from “Grand Magazine” about George Carlin’s view on Aging.
*Appreciate and nurture relationships.
This is the time to reconnect with family members that you haven’t had time to visit. To let your family know how much they mean to you.
Take time to express your gratitude for the special people in your life. Having a great support system will keep you in the game.
*Step out of your comfort zone.
Have you had the urge to do something a little crazy? Skydiving? Not for me.
But travel the country in an RV? That I could do!
Do something that makes you squirm, challenges you or gets your adrenaline flowing. You’ll feel like a kid again!'You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old.' -- George BurnsClick To Tweet
*Enjoy Your Grandkids!
Family connections, generations bonding. Be the link that ties the family together. Pass down the love!
To sum it up:
Turning 60 doesn’t sound half bad.
There are opportunities galore to keep you motivated and busy. Jump right in and get started!
Share yourself with the people in your world.
Don’t be scared, be excited and happy!
There’s no better time to Pass Down the Love.