The joys of agingMonday, April 02, 2012
BY DONNA HUSSEY-WHYTE All Woman writer firstname.lastname@example.org
WHILE some women fear the very idea of growing old, there are in fact benefits to be had as one gets up in age. It’s not all dark and dreary, as one reader pointed out, there are actual joys that come with aging, and wisdom isn’t the only one!
Below are some of the joys as shared with All Woman by a number women in their twilight years.
1 . Wisdom . Experience, they say, teaches wisdom, and for some of the women interviewed, this was one of their many joys. Having gone through life and learnt how to cope with various experiences that they may have found daunting as youngsters, they are now better able to cope with life experiences, while also being able to pass on their knowledge to the younger folks.
2. Children/grandchildren. For those who have children and even grandchildren, they pointed towards the joy in seeing how their children and grandchildren turne out, and how they have absorbed the life lessons taught to them. It is also a joy to see how their offspring are coping with life, especially in instances where this is what they were taught by the mothers and grandmothers.
3. New technology. While technology is something that the younger generation takes for granted, many older folks are not only awed by it, but find joy being able to share in it. Two such are the computer and the cellular phone. "It’s a joy having experiences now that in your youth never existed," one 70-something-yearold woman said. "Take the computer, for example, you had to go to the encyclopaedia back then, it was never possible to access realtime and up-to-date information," she said.
4. Being more involved in recreational activities. There is the joy of knowing that you now have more time on your hands to do things you have always wanted to do. For some, this means gardening, starting up their own small businesses, baking, writing, volunteering their time at community events, etc. There is no hassle of having to force oneself out of bed to get to work at a particular time each day, thus making time spent that much more relaxing.
5. More time for travel. While it may have been near impossible to visit loved ones abroad as you would have wanted to; having retired from a stressful environment now affords you the time to do so, while also enjoying various scenes and activities along the way.
6. Less relationship and peer pressure stress. While every relationship has its ups and down, as persons mature in their relationships they either learn how to better deal with the issues that arise, or they are able to fix them. As one ages, the peer pressure lessens and so mistakes are less likely to be made as the elderly now view life from a different angle. "Above all, I would not like ever to be a teenager again with pressures from all sides — crime, drugs, sex and lack of moral vision — daily bombarding that vulnerable age group," one 69-year-old retiree said.
7. Being better communicators. As persons grow older they become less judgmental, therefore making them easier to communicate with. They are calmer and less rigid in their way of thinking, and are thus able to give sound counsel to the young.
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