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Why It's Great To Be A Senior
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Why It\'s Great To Be A Senior

When you have a family history like mine, you don't expect to live to be in your mid 70's. Everyone in my family died at a fairly early age. At age 56 I became the oldest living male in my immediate family. I feel every day I am alive is a blessing and I am thrilled about it.

What makes it so great?

I am surrounded by people I love and this feeling is fantastic. It took me a long time to learn to be nonjudgmental. Therefore I can appreciate everyone I meet and accept them for just for being who they are. OK, you say no one can like everyone. True, I don't like to be around negative people, but I try to accept them and actually feel sorry for them and wish they could be positive. Naturally, I try not to be around them.

Surround yourself with positive people. Associate with people who are active and still looking for ways to improve their body and their brains. I am a member of a health club (which is free to me because I am a member of Silver Sneakers), the people I meet there are also trying to keep in shape because it is heart healthy and they want to keep their good health. These are positive thinking people.

Join in the activities at your Senior Center. The people you associate with are like you, keeping busy and doing things they enjoy. Before I retired, I didn't have the time to do many activities I enjoy. Now I can do so many things I enjoy - this is one of the reasons it is so great to be a senior.

Speaking of senior centers, consider the variety of classes offered. There are walking groups, fitness groups, dance classes, oil painting and watercolor instructions movies, card playing, quilting and knitting choral groups and many more fun things to do. Who will you be associating with when you participate in these activities? People who have the same interests you do join these groups. These are the positive people you want to be with.

What else makes it so great to be a senior? Having good health is a gift from the Almighty and I will do every thing possible to keep it and constantly thank Him for it.

Now it is possible to do the things I want to do, not the things I have to do. Working my job was fairly enjoyable, or to put it another way, it put bread on the table. My first love is music, but I could not have made a living that way. Now, I can play music and get paid for it (not a lot), but I keep saying "isn't this great"? And I am teaching others to play the piano, people who wished they had learned when they were younger. You are never too old to learn.

These are just a few of the reasons I feel it is so great to be a senior. I'm blessed. I hope you are too.

Let me know if you are enjoying senior life, both how and why.


Street Talk

I'm with you Jack! I have learned so many things now that I am not working. Well working at putting bread on the table as you say. I enjoy writing like I have never ever before! I used to hate staring at the blank page. Now, I look forward to starting with the blank slate, so I can fill it in with a fun story or some tips on helping people out! Great article, Jack. Keep 'em coming! I G+d it and Liked it!

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks for you comment. I am really new to this, but like you, I am finding ti easier and easier to come up with ideas. We both qualify as experts on aging now that we are doing it. However, you're probably much younger than I.

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