Regrets have a really painful way of getting to you when you reach old age. Toward the end, you can’t help but look back at the life that’s been, and often it becomes a measure of what-might-have-beens.
Not going on an adventure
Atop the list of a retiree’s regrets is letting go of the chance to be on an exciting adventure. Be very mindful of the feeling you get when you read about an interesting place in a magazine and you silently wish you could be there someday. Today’s generation has many silent wishes in their hearts, because of interesting places they see online. In the later years, this might turn into a longing for a moment that might not come anymore.
Not seeing friends more often
The reality of losing familiar people becomes more pronounced in old age. A retired individual hears of the passing of a good friend whom he has not seen in years, and instantly regrets not spending enough time with the person. Truly, for the senior, the world becomes a lonelier place when friends are gone. There are not many deep friendships in the life of a person. If people matter, they are worth spending more time with.
Not developing talents enough
Talents are what set people apart from each other. An elderly person realizes how much he could have become if only he had the courage to make mistakes in developing his talents. Talent is probably the most profound way of expressing oneself and making one’s life most meaningful.
There’s still time for younger people to rethink how they want to live their lives with the energy they have.
Tracy Luttrell here. If you want to live life to the fullest, make sure you do enough to avoid having any regrets! In my old age, I spend a lot of quality time with my cousin and best friend Maybelle. For more snippets of my retired life, follow me on Twitter.
One of the biggest complaints heard among seniors is that they seem to have too much time and not much to do. Others may seem content with playing a game of chess or a round of poker. However, this may be bad for the health, as such activities lead to a sedentary lifestyle. The doctors prescribe travelling as a means to make the twilight years healthy for the soul, as it is for the body.
To begin with, travelling is a good way to exercise. Of course exercise can be done in a number of ways, such as cleaning the house or joining a fitness group. But many seniors tend to get bored and feel the strain of such activities. Travelling to different places distracts the individual from the element of fatigue, because they are preoccupied with seeing new surroundings.
Taking off from this previous point, there is a special excitement brought about by exploration. Anybody, regardless of age, is always enthusiastic about going to a place that has yet to be discovered. Senior life is always a good chance to see the world and the other beautiful things in it, things which have been rather easy to overlook in one’s younger years.
Going to new places also comes with a set of new experiences. Many people have found out that there are so many things they haven’t done yet, and travelling is the perfect opportunity to realize them. This could mean as simple as a short walk on the beach, but on an exotic island like the ones found in the tropics. It can be riding a helicopter or a cable car for the first time.
There are better things to do than just sit around in retirement. The world awaits.
Tracy Luttrell here. My idea of living life to the fullest is travelling to places I want to explore. If you see me, I’m usually with my cousin and best friend Maybelle. Connect with me on Twitter.
The Copacabana Palace, a famous tourist spot in Rio de Janeiro, once had a casino that brought in $100 million per year—and this was way back in 1946. It was the last year casinos were legal, but other gambling outlets like horse raising and lotteries are still legal until this day. Brazil makes a total of $17 billion in gambling, according to The Financial Times. Casino-style gambling practices have been banned in the country for about 70 years. And if the Brazilian government approves the opening of these casinos from foreign operators, it would be considered as a significant event in the gaming history.
The lower house and senate in Brazil are considering the legalization of gambling. Michel Temer, Brazil’s new president, has even supported the idea. Brazil’s minister of tourism, Henrique Alves, has projected that gambling could give the country up to 20 billion reais, or $6.1 billion in tax revenue annually.
Brazil is currently weathering tough financial times, and it is totally understandable why they want gambling to fill its global investments. While the idea was presented for the good of many, a lot of Brazilians think that this might be a sinkhole for corruption.
Will gambling save Brazil’s economy? I think, under the right leadership, it can bring financial gain to the country. If it’s for the common good, why not?
Hi, I’m Lady Luck Tracy Luttrell. Know more about my life as a golden girl and my love for gambling when you follow me on Twitter.
Qiqong is a form of alternative healing used by many eastern meditation practitioners. It is a type of energy medicine that is said to approach health in a holistic manner. Being over 70, I’ve begun appreciating the many forms in which we can better ourselves. Health has many aspects to it; physical well-being is only strengthened when the mind itself is strong. This is how I stumbled upon Qigong. I was looking for exercises that would keep me fit while being gentle enough for my body. I was surprised to see that many people my age were also looking for similar routines, and the most popular among them is Qigong. I have to state here that many Americans like Tai Chi, but Tai Chi is a form of Qigong.
What really attracted me were the medical studies that showed how the exercise works. The regimen – as with most eastern medicine – focuses on building the mind while allowing the body to move. The movement is also quite tame but still challenging enough to get me sweating after only a few minutes. The best part is that Qigong masters really do take into account aging and any physical limitations one may have. Qigong may be practiced standing up, sitting down, or even in the supine position. Practices may also be adjusted for each person.
For me, the added benefit was how repetitive the movements were. Qigong is usually practiced with the master talking about balancing the mind. This, along with the movements and the warm, relaxing music, really puts you in a state of total bliss. I felt better even after only one session – and many medical studies do state the relaxing power of the exercise. I can’t wait to do it again!
I am Tracy Luttrell. I may be over 70, but I am still living life to the fullest and sharing my stories in this Twitter account.