There is no denying that getting older is tough, financially, socially and psychologically. We are told the more positive we feel, the more likely we will be to do the things that really improve our lives – eating right, staying fit, getting out into nature, pursuing out passions and making friends.
Setting Unfair Expectations?
One of the risks of being positive all the time is that you can set unfair – or even unachievable – expectations for others. The tendency to put a positive spin on things can alienate people from taking the first step towards building the lives that they deserve.
In other words, even if we agree that we have a lot of control over our lives after 60, maybe it is worth taking a moment to recognize the tough things about getting older. Perhaps if we share the struggles that we are going through, even if only for one day, we will be able to deal with them more effectively.
What Do You Find Difficult About Getting Older?
I’m going to share my greatest issues with getting older…..
The realisation that I am not as financially secure as I should be. Yes, I should have been saving and preparing for my retirement years, but my tendency to live in the moment and to enjoy the finer things in life was uppermost. Now, being faced with life on the super in about 5 years, albeit with a mortgage free home, I am quite fearful of not being able to have that facial or take an overseas trip every couple of years.
Another thing that I find super frustrating about getting older is my inability to get in great shape. I’ve tried everything – yoga, circuit training, weights, long walks and numerous diets. No matter what I do, I just can’t get there.
To be clear, I’m not trying to look better for anyone else. I just find it frustrating that I don’t have the flexibility, energy and strength that I did as a younger womаn. There is so much in this world that I want to see!
Ok, those are my two biggest complaints about getting older. Now it’s your turn!