There's a big difference between growing older and growing up - just because your age increases doesn't mean you lose that youthfulness inside of you. However, society seems to instill the notion that aging means you have fewer opportunities to do certain things. This idea is simply a mindset - your age should never halt you from following your dreams and reaching your goals. People sometimes regret the things they've done, but more often than not, people have remorse for the things that they did not do. The following quote by George Bernard Shaw sums up perfectly how we should all look at aging:
"We do not cease to play because we grow old. We grow old because we cease to play."
Some people like to use their age as an excuse for why they can't or shouldn't do something. Seniors all over the world are proving every day that they're just as capable of doing things that young adults can do. Instead of following the traditional retirement living path, some seniors are exploring new ways of living Retirement Perfected -- exercising, going back to school and following different career ventures like turning a favorite hobby into a business.
Continue to laugh with friends, spend time with family, play video games with your grandchildren and dine at new restaurants. The face you see looking back at you in the mirror may grow older, but your spirit never does. Don't lose the vitality that makes you you! Following your dreams may not always turn out exactly as you planned, but that's part of the fun and makes the journey even more memorable. Don't regret tomorrow what you didn't do today. Start something new and exciting in your life today! You never know who you'll encourage to forge their own path when you start paving the way to accomplish your goals.
Kelley D. Hamilton