A key goal of this blog is to teach my son what I have learned. This includes successes and failures and things I just flat didn’t pay attention to. My father always gently encouraged me to think ahead and most of the goals I’ve achieved or moments I’ve enjoyed were a result of thinking in advance.
With that said, I will tell you that I work with senior citizen’s almost on daily basis and as you might guess, their wisdom is invaluable. Here are 5 things I have learned from working with seniors over the past 5 years. I hope as I teach some of these lessons to my son, you will gain from them as well.
1. No one cares who you are: What you have accomplished. What you own. If you are rich or poor. What matters is how you treat others. Lesson: Be Humble.
2. Save your money: There is nothing worse than having ill health and not being able to get medical care. Likewise there is nothing more glorious than have enough to travel and move about the world. Lesson: Murphy’s Law hit even the smartest people. Save some money.
3. Everyone enjoys art in some way: Doesn’t matter if your art is a painting, a quilt, food or an antique car. Art envy is in all of us and a world without it would not be livable. Some tough dads don’t think they like art, but even cars, houses or a football playbook can be considered art. Lesson: Take time to enjoy art.
4. Stay Healthy: Along the same lines as “save your money.” The world is a vastly different place when it is viewed from unique vantage points. And if you don’t focus on health you might be depriving yourself of much beauty. If your legs fail you, your travel choices become limited. You will have to resign yourself to theatres and casinos and any place where the primary function is to sit. Lesson: Move it or lose it.
5. Food Matters: As I watched my grandparents and parents age, I just assumed interest in food would dissolve as their taste-buds decayed. Turned out I was wrong. No matter your age. We all love food. Usually lots of it. We love simple food. Unique food. Hot food. Sweet food. Sour food and seniors tend to enjoy food processes. This doesn’t seem to change over a lifetime. Good news for those of us who live to eat. Lesson: Eat, drink and be merry – in moderation of course.