Life Lessons Learned from the Elderly

Life Lessons Learned from the Elderly

Life Lessons Learned from the Elderly

Life Lessons Learned from the Elderly

Throughout our lives, we consistently rely on others for their advice. We seek help from our friends, family, neighbors, and teachers for nearly every struggle we face in this life. One of the most significant sources of quality advice, however, is from our community's elders; those that have lived full lives and been through all of its ups and downs. Although their information can surely fill countless books, we're going to take a look at five significant life lessons that we can learn from the elderly.

Live for today. It's all you have and all you ever will.

This is often the most widely advised the elderly. It is universal and straightforward and was taught by nearly all of the world's great religious and spiritual traditions. The message is simple. Don't spend your days and nights worrying about the past or the future. As the ancient Indian writer, Kalidasa says, “Yesterday is but a dream. Tomorrow is only a vision. But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”

Go easy on people. Especially yourself.

We often spend our lives criticizing others, while withholding vital praise for a job well-done. If we intend to enjoy our lives and bring others up along the way, we need to be lavish with our blessing and forgiving in our manner. We especially need to be forgiving of ourselves. We are often our own worst enemy, and it is important to note that to show kindness to others, we must first be kind to ourselves.

Embrace change. It is the only constant.

The only thing in life we can cling to is the idea that nothing lasts. There are no two things, whether they be moments, people, feelings, or thoughts that are precisely the same. Every moment is fresh and new, and to benefit from that, we must embrace the change. If we notice, the elders that have accepted and embraced their age are always happier and better-off than the ones who have not.

Don't fall out of touch with family and friends. They make life worth living.

This is another ubiquitous piece of advice from our elders. If we are lucky enough to live a long life, we will see many of our friends and family come and go. We must remember to hold them dear to our heart, for they are indeed what makes life worth living. It is nearly impossible to imagine a full and beautiful life without any friends or family.

Don't forget to have fun along the way. Laughter is the best medicine.

What is the point of life if we are always stern-faced and severe? Through all of life's ups and downs, it is essential that we remember to have the laugh and rejoice. It is a great danger for us never to loosen up and enjoy ourselves. As the great American author, Elbert Hubbard famously said, “don't take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive”.