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Karen’s Korner: Embrace the journey

by Minden Press-Herald

Karen’s Korner

While aging certainly brings its share of challenges, it also offers unique experiences and wisdom. Remember to embrace the journey, and perhaps find joy in the little things!

The other day, I heard one of our Senior Adults express their opinion about the state of growing older. She said, ”I don’t see anything positive about getting old!”

I told her that there had to be something about growing older that would be a positive incentive for her.

The first thing I thought about was that she is still here. The alternative is not really a very positive thought to consider at all. And then I went on to offer some other thoughts about aging.

You are still very active. You still get around on your own and can do pretty much what you choose to do. You may not do them as quickly as you once did, You, really don’t have to depend on many people, but there are those who will help when you ask. You have the choices to do or not to do certain things.

Your responsibilities are not as rigid, and they do not require a particular schedule you have to follow. You can work part-time, or not, that is your choice, however, you may want to continue to contribute!

Aging brings numerous other benefits, such as creativity, and personal development. I am sure there are things you have always wanted to do, now is the time, to look into those things while you have the time. 

It is well documented that older adults are generally happier and more mentally stable than other age groups. It’s all in how you look at it.

You already know your values, interests, temperament, activity preferences, life mission, and strengths. Knowing the clock is ticking can lead you to invest your time in things and people of proven importance!

You might say, we are history, and I mean that in a good way. It’s amazing to be at the top of the mountain and to look back at, say, 75 or 80 years of life in America, with all its changes, good and bad. You have had so many unforgettable experiences.

And besides, you can come to the Webster Parish Council on Aging and play bingo and participate in other activities with your friends. And, I have the opportunity to know you.

So, see, it’s not so bad getting older. It’s all in how you look at it.

Embrace your life, it is truly a gift, and we finally realize that in our aging years.

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