My 5 Approaches to Living Joyfully

Nov 02, 2023

Let’s be honest, some aspects of the aging process can downright suck. And even though I’m the ultimate optimist, I confess – I get it. I see it. I feel it.

I’ve been sitting with this “awareness of my aging” for a while now…it’s been percolating in the back closet of my mind. But what I’ve come to realize, is that with the right mix of attitude, heart, humor, and most importantly…ACTION, this journey can still be quite the adventure!

Here are my top five approaches to living joyfully during the later chapters of life.

1. Do What it Takes to Soothe Aches and Pains

These days, my body seems to have a daily agenda of presenting me with both explained and unexplained aches and pains. It’s right there, front and center, in my mind, hips, feet, knees, elbows, hands, back, neck, and I could go on and on.

Dwelling up it and complaining about it to the world won’t do anyone, including myself, any good. So, I’ve decided NOT to make it a priority, unless there’s something I can actually do to make it better. If a trip to the doctor is needed, I make it happen. If changing my eating habits is necessary, I do it. If stretching or moving more helps, count me in. If I have gas, which seems to happen a lot more these days, no holding back.

The key to moving past my pain and discomfort as I grow older is to stay focused and purposeful, as active as possible, and keep my sense of humor intact – sometimes all I can do is laugh at my body’s sarcasm.

2. Take Steps to Create Heartfelt Connections in the Face of Loneliness

Occasionally, I feel a twinge of loneliness, and I won’t deny that there are moments when I feel sorry for myself. But here’s the twist – instead of dwelling on those feelings, I’ve shifted my perspective to ask, “How can I make myself feel more connected?”

It’s surprising what a difference it makes when I take responsibility for my feelings by inviting someone over, asking a friend out for lunch, or deciding to join a class, group or club. Sure, it can be uncomfortable and a tad bit scary at first, but it’s worth it to just jump in and take those initial steps to connect with others.

I’ve found that when I smile more, complain less and take action, it works like a charm. People enjoy my company, and I genuinely enjoy theirs.

3. Be Open Minded and Open Hearted

I grew up in a different time and generation, and I have my own set of beliefs and opinions. But I’ve come to realize that it doesn’t mean I am right and everyone else is wrong.

With an open mind and an open heart and willingness to listen to others, I’ve embarked on new experiences, leaving judgment at the door.

It’s amazing how many wonderful people and ideas I’ve encountered by embracing diversity with open arms, a warm smile and BIG ears.

Who would have thought my “vintage” wisdom would blend so well with the “modern” perspectives?

4. Share Stories and Support Others

Genuine love and support mean the world to me, just as they do most people. I’ve discovered that there’s nothing more enriching than listening to someone else’s story and learning about their unique journey to force my mind and heart to open more fully. It’s hard to critically judge someone when I’ve truly listened intently to them share something meaningful in their life.

My life has become infinitely richer by sharing these moments with others, and trust me, when it’s my turn to share, I’ve got a treasure trove of stories that can make even the most stoic person crack a smile!

5. Wake Up With Purpose and Grace

Yes, I may be older, but I can still be of service, remain curious, set new goals, and live purposefully. I am still the master of my life, even if there are some limitations. I choose to be happy, and I choose to live in gratitude for the many blessings that come my way.

Every single chapter of life, including this one, has its ups and downs, but I’ve always managed to figure it out, just like I am right now. As I navigate this part of my story, I’ve set some lofty goals and have high expectations. I’m willing to put in the effort, and rest assured, I WILL be sliding into death’s door sideways – with a peaceful mind, a heart full of love and chuckle in my belly.

So, here’s to aging boldly with an adventurous spirit, an open heart, a dose of humor….and lots of patience, as our faithful companions on this remarkable life journey!

Love is ALL there is!




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