While many of us certainly wouldn’t want to go back through our teenage years again, we are sometimes guilty of wishing we were younger.
But getting older isn’t as bad as some people would have you believe. For a start, many of us only start to feel comfortable in our own skins as we move into our forties and beyond. We no longer feel that we have to try and live up to the unrealistic images that we see in magazines and on the television and that brings with it a feeling of freedom that cannot be bought with any amount of money – even if you like the idea of plastic surgery!
There are plenty more benefits as well. Generally speaking we have a lot more confidence in ourselves and what we are capable of as we age, and it becomes less important to try and impress other people around us. This means that we can live a much more satisfying life and achieve all the things we wanted to earlier in life, when previously we may not have been in a position to do so.
We also stand a good chance of earning more money. With more experience gained over the years and plenty of time to climb the career ladder, it means that whereas finances can be tight in your twenties and thirties, once you reach your fifties you could have a nice nest egg and pension to look forward to.
What’s more, although the years of raising a family may be over you will get to enjoy the process of seeing the next generation growing up. There’s nothing better than being a part of your grandchildren’s lives as often as you can by taking them on days out or doing other activities with them – and yet you get to take them back to their parents at the end of the day!
And contrary to what some people may believe time is also on your side. If you take a look around you at all the people in their twenties and thirties rushing around working all hours and sacrificing their social lives just to make ends meet, it’s clear that once you reach that certain age you’ve got a lot more to look forward to. Instead of having to cancel get togethers with friends because your work is taking precedence, you’ll be able to enjoy a more relaxing approach to life that involves far more social activities.
There are financial benefits too. Life insurance for over 50s is very competitively priced, as are other forms of insurance such as car insurance and even holidays – some coach tour operators have exclusive offers for over 50s so it pays to take advantage of every aspect of getting older, because it truly is the best time of your life if you approach it with the right frame of mind.