Taking Old Age In My Stride

When you reach a certain age in life, it’s easy to slip into a reflective mood.

I’ve been doing this recently: letting myself consider how much I’ve changed over the years and how my response to these changes has formulated my personality.

I’ve always thought that self-reflection is an important part of my day, but I’d rarely given myself the chance to really think about how my day to day habits had changed over the course of years. In this post I’m going to be looking into how my outlook on certain ideas have changed and how getting older has effected my lifestyle.

Ceasing to care about my clothes

There was a point in my life when I was obsessed over the clothes that I wore. I would um and er every time I left the house, constantly second guessing the clothes that I was wearing and how I was being perceived. Today I don’t pay half as much attention to the clothes that I put on, in fact I find more and more that I’m leaning on very ‘safe’ outfits. I mostly dress in loose fitting t-shirts and jeans. I own three pairs of the same shoes and I cycle through them each day of the week so as not to wear one pair out sooner than the other.

Paying more attention to my health

I first started making a turn around with my health a few years ago when I made the switch from smoking cigarettes to using a e-cigarette. This change begat more change, to the point where I’m now virtually a paragon of good health. I exercise regularly, eat meat rarely and am always sure to get a good night’s sleep. Say what you like about old dogs, but I’ve spent long enough on this planet to know that it’s best just to take the doctor’s advice.

Feeling more optimistic about things

With a better, healthier lifestyle come a more optimistic outlook on my life. Despite knowing that I’m closer to the end of my life than I am to the start of it, I have an unerring positive feeling about my place in the world. Looking back over the years, I’ve come to accept that I’ve found a healthy balance in how I now live and that I am more excited than ever to see what lies around the corner. Although I’m well into my sixties, I feel that things can only get better!

Finding strength in my old habits

Going to bed, getting up, making dinners, saving money – I’ve built up a whole litany of habits over the years, and thankfully more of them are positive than negative. I realised a while back that the best way to get the most out of life was by simply making the right decision at the right time. Say ‘no’ when you’re offered ‘just one more drink‘, get an early night when you feel tired instead of staying up late again and, most importantly, save for the future so that you can enjoy you life as an old person.