Aging is a series of losses but we should focus on the positive aspects by Tina Y. Gerber
As we age, we often face additional needs and challenges connected with growing older. The major drawback of aging is relying on other people for assistance. I know that aging is a series of losses: such as your job, driver’s license, health and energy, mobility, loss of family and loved ones, and loss of independence especially with activities of daily living. Just because we are growing in years does not mean we cannot grow and learn new things. Aging is a natural process. Many people consider aging as a bad thing. You need to figure out where your priorities are. Growing older allows us to enjoy and appreciate those quiet times, appreciate nature, listen to our inner voice, and we now have the opportunity to be creative, adventurous, and we can indulge without feeling guilty. For myself, I can no longer do the things I did just 10 years ago, due to my aching knee and arthritis. I needed an attitude adjustment instead of focusing on life as a gradual decline. I thought how my life is getting so much better. I feel the advantages of aging far outweigh the disadvantages! Aging helps me to let go of those trivial events and focus on what is most important, in the here and now. I can relax and enjoy all the moments of my life. We should focus on the upside of aging instead of all the losses. Research shows, holding a positive view of aging gives a person an extra 7.5 years of life. We need to learn and understand the information out there that will increase our knowledge about the positive aspects and realities of aging. There are some things we can no longer do, but we can develop new ways and opportunities for continuous growth and possibilities. We should make it a habit and think about the benefits of growing older, rather than the detriments. Learning to make the most of every stage is the key to having a positive, healthy and happy life. We blame our lack of flexibility, or weight, even poor health habits on growing older instead of picking better life choices. Many studies show that exercise makes individuals feel so much better, regardless of age. So, stop watching so much television, read a book, go for a walk, hang around with people who see aging in a more positive light, rather than those who don’t. Avoid negative people who don’t appreciate life because our health and happiness depend on it. Growing old is a normal and natural part of life. Isaiah 46:4 says, “I will be your God throughout your lifetime until your hair is white with age. I made you and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.” There is honour in the aging process because growing old is normally accompanied by increase wisdom and experience. We should take joyful advantage of all our gifts, talents, wisdom and opportunities of this life. When we stand before God, He is my refuge and my fortress, life’s meaning will be consummated only at the final judgement when we receive our inheritance.