Written by Guest Writer Melba Asberry.
As we get older, we may at times find ourselves focusing on what is no longer our reality; the person we were rather than the person we are today.
It’s easy to find one’s self doing this. All it takes is a glance in a mirror or seeing a photograph and noting that we don’t look as we once did.
I’m not the me of yesterday.
Who is that person I see?
Is that really MY reflection?
For some of us, it’s trying to read without our glasses and finding it impossible. Others of us are losing our sight altogether. We don’t have the sense of balance we once had and must sit down to put on our slacks if we don’t want to chance falling over.
Bodily functions have even changed to the point that simply getting ready for the day is quite a different experience than it was when we were younger.
I am here to tell you that it’s okay to acknowledge these changes, but not okay to focus on them.
Thinking of what we have lost can lead to depression.
It’s better to accept our new reality at this point on our journey through time.
Keep a good sense of humor and focus instead on what you have RIGHT NOW.
Maybe you can barely see any longer and your favorite thing is reading a good book. If you can still hear, how about trying an audiobook? If you can still speak, use your voice to enlist the help of someone to record your thoughts.
An advantage we have over youth is our knowledge and experience. Why not take a subject for which you have a passion and share it with others?
When we are lonely, we could focus on the lack of contact others have made with us or…
We can call someone ourselves!
We can send someone a cheerful note!
My point is simply this:
We should take stock of what we have and then use it to BRIGHTEN THE WORLD AROUND US!
The great thing about focusing outward is that our giftedness will not only make the loads others are carrying seem a bit lighter, but the sunshine we spread will brighten our own days as we continue our journey through time.
I want to travel lightly with a joyful attitude. Won’t you join me?
Note from Kathryn: Thank you, Melba! I love this post because adaptability is probably one of life’s biggest challenges and one of my biggest lessons to remember from all of my Aging Gracefully interviews!
Does this article above resonate with YOU?
Do YOU think you’re adapting as you’re “traveling through time?”
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