Recently, a woman in her fifties asked her friend, a woman in her seventies, what she wished she would have done differently earlier in her life. "If you could talk to your younger self, what advice would you give her?"
1. Make more and deeper friendships. Skip some of those social groups or committees that really just squander time, in order to strengthen the relationships that support and uplift you. Take time to affirm the good friends you have and seek out a few more who share your interests and outlooks.
2. Take care of skin, eyes and teeth! While we watch our weight or make time for gym workouts, we might forget the little things that make a big difference in our overall health. Sunscreen and sunglasses, daily brushing and flossing, and regular visits to the dentist and eye doctor will pay off in later years.
3. Spend more time in nature. People often regret time in the office or workplace, but many seniors agree that they would have enjoyed more vacations, more walks outdoors and more time just enjoying fresh air and natural surroundings. We can't always afford a cruise or amusement park, but we can take a walk in the park or just survey the backyard.
4. Enjoy the moment. Looking backwards, few people think how slowly life went. Many will express the wish that they had enjoyed their childhood or health or family members or educational opportunities more. Each day we can decide to find something to enjoy, so that we needn't look back with regret when another year has passed.
Do the answers surprise you? Can you think of any other advice you would give your younger self? Feel free to pass it along to a younger friend.
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