It is often at the dusk of our life that we seem to value the life we had and live. I turned to the elderly to sail through seemingly tough times. Here is what I have learned so far…
1. Trust only a person’s actions, not their words. Much can be promised; little of it gets done.
2. Surround yourself with people who will either help you grow as an individual or who keep you happy. You are better off alone than with false friends.
3. Always have a plan. Time passes swiftly and one day you will not realize when you turned 60. Set New Year resolutions; you may not follow them but you will at least know where you want to be.
4. Be happy or learn to be happy. Create your pockets of happy moments, like adventurous travels, risqué affairs, insurmountable challenges, etc. These will be the memories you will return to when in distress.
5. Don’t fight to change people or things. Change your perspective and everything around you will change itself. If there are people bothering you, discard them from your life and stay out of theirs.
6. Gain control over anger and emotions. Maintain silence and refrain from making any decisions when too excited, depressed or upset.
7. Do not envy or compare yourself with anyone else. Know that everyone has their own set of miseries to deal with.
8. Be good to your spouse, friends and children. Your treatment of them will decide how your old age is going to be.
9. Learn your finances well. Money has more value than everyone else advocates. Use it wisely.
10. Remember to never lose faith and instill ample patience. Everything has a way of working out in the end.