The Perks of Growing Older
Published on February 12, 2016
Ugh! Can't stand it? The steps used to take 5 minutes, now they take 10 minutes? Although our society bends over backwards to help the elderly, it seems we still have an epidemic on our hands of tired, disease ridden, frustrated, and generally grumpy people rotting away their golden years in nursing homes. Don't want be one of them? Here is how:
1. Remember that the benefits of being older include easy access to senior housing, social security, coupons and discounts. These are going to be coming once you get past that 60 year mark.
2. Being old in years does not mean you have to age. An excellent example is the Jewish patriarch Moses. He was a stately 40 when he began his infamous career of helping the Jews escape Egypt. He spent the next 80 years of his long life actively guiding over 1 million people through the Sinai Desert in the Middle East. No nursing home for that dude!
3. A good diet equals youth. The ancient Greek Doctor Hippocrates made the following excellent observation that still applies today, "Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food." In Asian cultures like Japan, it is common to live to be healthy past age 90, primarily because they consume low quantities of Western junk food, and high quantities of soy, seafood, rice, while still getting their daily exercise. Also, antioxidants found in strawberries, blueberries, kale, spinach, broccoli, and cabbage will effectively whip wrinkles into submission. Eat them daily and see what happens to your medical bill.
4. People finally respect you. Something about that grey hair and years of hard earned wisdom.
5. Old people think old. Young people think young. How many ever years one has, think the way you want to feel and see what happens to your perspective on life.
6. You have more free time. Finally, your boss doesn't call you at 6:00 pm screaming for you to work overtime. You can spend more time with your spouse, and heal any wounds that a busy schedule put on your relationship in middle age.
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