Life can begin at 60

by S Ramachandran

Many people feel unhappy, health-wise and security-wise, after 60 years owing to the diminishing importance given to them and their opinion.  But it need not be so, if only we understand the basic principles of life and follow them scrupulously. Here are ten mantras to age gracefully and make life after retirement pleasant:

1. Never say ‘I am aged’

There are three ages, chronological, biological and psychological.  The first is calculated based on our date of birth, the second is determined by health conditions  and the third is how old you feel you are.  While we don’t have control over the first we can take care of our health and with good diet, exercise and cheerful attitude.  A positive attitude and optimistic thinking can reverse the third age.

2. Health is wealth

If you really love your kith and kin, taking care of your health should be your priority.  Thus, you will not be a burden to them.  Have an annual health check and take the prescribed medicines regularly.  Do take health insurance cover.

3. Money is important

Money is essential for meeting the basic necessities of life.  Keeping good health and earning, family respect and security.  Don’t spend beyond your means even for you children.  You have lived for them all through and if is time you enjoyed a harmonious life with your spouse / partner. If your children are grateful and they  take care of you, you are blessed. But never take it for granted.

4. Relaxation and recreation

The most relaxing and recreating forces are a healthy religious attitude, good sleep, music and laughter.  Have faith in God, learn to sleep well, love good music and see the funny side of life.

5. Time is precious

It is almost like holding a horses reins.  When they are in your hands, you can control them.  Imagine that everyday you are born again.  Yesterday is cancelled cheque. Tomorrow is a promissory note. Today is ready cash, use it profitably… Live this moment…

6. Change is the only permanent thing

We should accept change.  It is inevitable.  The only way to make sense out of change is to join the dance. Change has brought about many pleasant things.  We should be happy that our children are blessed.

7. Enlightened selfishness

All of us are basically selfish.  Whatever we do, we expect something in return.  We should definitely be grateful to those who stood by us.  But our focus should be on the internal satisfaction and happiness.  We derive by doing good to others, without expecting anything in return.

8. Forget and forgive

Don’t be bothered too much about others’ mistakes.  We are not spiritual enough to show our other cheek when we are slapped in one.  But for the sake of our own happiness, let us forgive and forget them.  Otherwise, we will only increasing our BP.

9. Everything has a purpose

Take life as it comes.  Accept yourself as you are and also accept others for what they are.  Everybody is unique and right in his own way.

10. Overcome the fear of death

We all know that one day we have to leave this world.  Still we are afraid of death.  We think that our spouse and children will be unable to withstand our loss.  But the truth is no one is going to die for you; they may be depressed for some time.  Time heals everything and they will carry on.

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