Age Is Just A Number (Tips From Active 80-Year-Olds)

Written by Aimee Hoefler

Age. So often, it seems when you are in your early 20s, you don’t mind being told you look older. Yet, there comes a point of no return when you want to hear a number lower than your actual age. 

Well, isn’t age just a number? On one hand, I see more and more vibrant 80 year-olds who are so active with an amazingly sharp mind, while then I hear 30 year-olds telling me how old they are. Whenever I hear the latter, I tell them “Age is just a number.”

Quite simply, why should you let a number dictate your outlook on life?

Here are some tips I have learned from those extremely active 80 year-olds to help ensure you too come to realize that age is just a number:

1. Move. 

From practicing yoga to ballroom dancing, once you begin looking, you’ll see so many 80 ’s moving in ways that many 20 year-olds could only imagine. They don’t stop because they turn a certain age. Instead, they keep moving.

2. Learn. 

Whether reading a new book or figuring out the latest iPhone, it’s about tackling new concepts and not saying they are too old for that or that’s not for them and leaving it at that. So why not just give it a try and learn.

3. Love. 

With so many stories these individuals have experienced, it would be easy for them to become bitter and angry at the world. But no. Instead, they are so full of love and compassion that it just exudes all around them.

4. Socialize. 

Now, this tip doesn’t mean you need to be out on the town every night. Instead, the happiest 80 year olds I have met are the ones that visit with their friends and family or volunteer at events where they get to meet many wonderful people. So, it’s not about isolating yourself from the world, but embracing what it all has to offer.

5. Laugh. 

The beauty of laughter is that it helps you forget any sadness or pain you may feel in that moment. With laughter, comes smiles and happy memories. Maybe this is why I see so many 80 year olds laughing and simply enjoying life.

No matter what your age is, please remember that it is just a number. Sure, you can celebrate milestones, but don’t let it dictate your life plan. There are so many other events in life that can cause stress that if you can avoid placing additional burdens on yourself, you’ll be one step ahead of the game. Oh, and next time you meet a go-lucky 80 year old, ask him or her what they do, and I’m certain, it’ll put a smile on your face and keep you going forward.

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