As people grow older, they face a new stage of psychological development where some of their worldly values and meanings start to crumble, specifically the value of “appearance, health and employment” as Berger puts it in her book The developing person through the life span. This stage in life shows the importance of spirituality, of higher meaning and purpose. If you haven’t already done so, you need to identify your role in life, your true purpose. Although this should have been cultivated since early childhood, it is never too late to start and never too late to slow down the pace of our fast runing hectic life and reconsider our journey and its ultimate destination.
An integral part of our health, healing and wellbeing journey is taking pride of who we are and what we have accomplished. We have to assess our self-doubts and limitations and accordingly set new goals and objectives to keep us mentally active and emotionally worth-living. Life satisfaction in late adulthood greatly depends on the feeling of self-worth and motivation, the more active the role a person has to perform in life the higher will be his level of happiness and content.
Another important factor is your support system. Surround yourself with loving and caring family and friends and with a healthy community. We need to feel appreciated and respected. Our social entourage can be achieved through religious, political and charitable involvement. It could also be achieved through enrolling in exercise classes, fitness programs, learning new skills, or joining a book club. Contacts with younger generation also provide sense of continuity and increase optimism, self-worth and satisfaction.
As we grow older, we grow wiser both spiritually and emotionally. Many of us become more responsive to nature, more interested in meditation and reflection, more flexible, understanding and grateful. With time, our brain redesigns itself to compensate for his normal aging aspects. When flexibility becomes a key component in life, rapid retrieval of information becomes progressively less important than the application of the information in real life tasks. This is the wisdom of old age
Next week, God willing, I’m going to give you more tips on healthy living for healthy aging. For now, I’ll leave you with the most important question to reflect on: “Why am I here? What is my true purpose and meaning in life? What’s my mission?” You surely have one. We all do. Look at the ‘Big Picture’ and never under-estimate your role in life.
Have a great day!!!