When some people get advice from people who are over 60 years old, they think that they are going to hear some good advice, since these people have so many years of life experience. Other people believe that advice from people over 60 is honest, but won’t pertain to life today. Many people, even some people’s parents, lived in a different world than the world that we are living in today. You have to wonder if it is possible to get advice from people over 60 that will still hold true today.
There was a question posted not long ago on Reddit, asking people 60 and older to give the site’s visitors who were half their age, some advice and tips on life. There was also a writing titled, The 5 Regrets of the Dying, and a report on a Harvard study about what it took for people to be happy in this world, Most of them were simple, and many are covered in the list below.
It is important to understand that while you shouldn’t listen to a person’s advice as if it were gospel, you should listen. You could hear something that applies to the person you are and the journey that you are on for yourself. Everyone is unique and they are always evolving. It is quite possible that one day during your life that advice from someone over 60 will apply to you and actually be helpful.
If you align your life with your greatest mission, it can lead to a great deal of joy in your life. It is important to try to avoid getting lost in the illusion that life will not be challenging. Even though things can be challenging, the challenges are what helps you to learn and grow. You should do everything that you can to make contributions to the world. When you figure it out, taking certain pieces of advice from someone with a great deal of life experience can help.
- People always say, “Make sure you get a job doing what you love!” But that isn’t the best advice. The right job is the job you love some days, can tolerate most days, and still pays the bills. Almost nobody has a job they love every day.
- Years go by in the blink of an eye. Don’t marry young. Live your life. Go places. Do things. If you have the means or not. Pack a bag and go wherever you can afford to go. While you have no dependents, don’t buy stuff. Any stuff. See the world. Look through travel magazines and pick a spot. GO!
- Don’t take life so seriously. Even if things seem dark and hopeless, try to laugh at how ridiculous life is.
- A true friend will come running if you call them at 2am; everyone else is just an acquaintance.
- The most important person in your life is the person who agreed to share their life with you. Treat them as such.
- Children grow up way too fast. Make the most of the time you have with them.
- Nobody ever dies wishing they had worked more… Work hard, but don’t prioritize work over family, friends, or even yourself.
- You might live a long life, or you might live a short one – who knows. But either way, trust me when I say that you’re going to wish you took better care of yourself in your youth.
- If you’re getting overwhelmed by life, just return to the immediate present moment and savor all that is beautiful and comforting.Take a deep breath, relax.
- Eat and exercise like you’re a diabetic heart patient with a stroke – so you never actually become one.
- We have a short time on this earth. Don’t wake up and realize that you are too old and haven’t done the things you dreamed about.
- Maybe this one isn’t as profound as the others, but I think it’s important… Floss regularly, dental problems are awful.
- Don’t take anyone else’s advice as gospel. You can ask for advice from someone you respect, then take your situation into consideration and make your own decision. Essentially, take your own advice is my advice…
- Stuff is just stuff. Don’t hold onto material objects, hold onto time and experiences instead.
- The joints you damage today will get their revenge later. Even if you think they’ve recovered completely. TRUST ME!
- I would say to appreciate the small things and to be present in the moment. What do I mean? Well, it seems today like younger people are all about immediate gratification. Instead, why not appreciate every small moment? We don’t get to stay on this crazy/wonderful planet forever and the greatest pleasure can be found in the most mundane of activities. Instead of sending a text, pick up the phone and call someone. Call your mother, have a conversation about nothing in particular. Those are the moments to hold onto.
- Pay your bills and stay the hell out of debt. If I could have paid myself all the money I’ve paid out in interest over the years, I’d be retired already.
- Jealousy destroys relationships. Trust your significant other, because who else are you supposed to trust?
- If you have a dream of being or doing something that seems impossible, try for it anyway. It will only become more impossible as you age and become responsible for other people.
- When you meet someone for the first time, stop and realize that you really know nothing about them. You see race, gender, age, clothes. Forget it all. You know nothing. Those biased assumptions that pop into your head because of the way your brain likes categories, are limiting your life, and other people’s lives.