National Senior Citizen’s Day
Getting older definitely has its challenges and most will say the ‘golden years’ aren’t nearly as shiny and appealing as they are made out to be. But to go back to 21? No, thank you. So in honor of National Senior Citizen’s Day, August 21st, let’s take a few minutes to make a list of all the things worth celebrating about being the age you are.
- You are most likely retired, meaning you don’t have to get up and go to work every day.
- If you are still working, chances are you are setting your own schedule (at least somewhat).
- You probably have your house paid for or are almost mortgage-free.
- You don’t get carded.
- You get the perks of being a grandparent—no sleepless nights, curfews, or teaching anyone to drive.
- You get to choose where you vacation based on what you want to do—not the kids.
- Tax refunds aren’t spent on orthodontia, tuition, and sports fees.
- You get discounts in stores and restaurants just for being your age.
- Some of your income is tax-free income.
- The only schedule you have to keep is yours and your spouse’s.
- You can have your favorite meals any time you want.
- The television remote is yours (and your spouse’s) to share (okay, maybe fight over…a little).
Now let’s take a quick look at some of the things you can do to celebrate this special day…
- Go out for ice cream—a double scoop.
- Take a walk at a leisurely pace.
- Sit in the park and watch some of the young moms ‘wrestle’ their kids…and be glad you are past that stage. FYI: You might not want to stay too long so you’re not viewed as suspicious.
- Make a list of your life’s greatest joys and accomplishments.
- Make a list of the things you love about being in this stage of life.
- Do something you can cross off your bucket list.
- Spend the day doing nothing but what you want to do.
- Call an old friend and reminisce about the good ole days and make a date to make new memories together.
- Do something to up your game when it comes to making healthy choices in your diet or exercise plan.
- Watch your favorite movie or listen to your favorite songs.
- What’s your favorite meal? That’s what’s for dinner!
- Is there something you’ve been worrying or stressing over? Do something tangible to eliminate this problem from your life.
August 21 is the day to celebrate the you that is now. Yes, it’s true that your hair is grayer (or gone). Your skin is wrinkled and a bit droopy. You may or may not be able to wear your wedding dress anymore. But none of those things really matter, do they? Not when you compare them to all the things you have done, can do, and the life you’ve lived to get to this point. So enjoy! Celebrate!
Guest post By Darla Noble
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