Sit in a park one sunny afternoon and watch the kids. Notice the youngest ones, how excited they get over a butterfly or even a worm. Their face lights up and they jump up and down with each new discover of things that most of us take for granted.
You see teenagers who are excited about their next event or the possibility that someone might like them. As young adults, their enthusiasm over a new job or their first home is recognizable even from a glance.
Now look at people around you. Somewhere along the way, the challenges of life, the ache of a broken heart the pain of muscles that no longer work as they once did seem to steal that light, that enthusiasm for life.
List Your Blessings
It doesn’t have to be that way. Just because you are older, it doesn’t mean you can’t still have that vibrance and excitement that seems to come so easily to the young. The term “young at heart” can be real for you.
The first and most important way to keep your vibrance and enthusiasm for life is to start counting your blessings. It may sound cliché, but too often people focus on what they lack instead of what they have. Once you get started thinking about the things you have to be thankful for, you’ll notice a change in attitude. Do this every day, and it won’t be long before you’ll feel a new enthusiasm for the day.
You can gain a new perspective on life when you look outside your own world and help those who are in need. Even someone in your own retirement community probably could use some assistance. Maybe they just lost a spouse or their children have moved away. They may be recovering from surgery or an illness. As you help them, you’ll start to feel gratitude for your own life and make a new friend. You’ll also feel useful, which can give you an excitement for the day.
Learn Something New
Why do kids get excited about everything? Because it’s all new to them. Adults lose that enthusiasm because they’ve seen the same scenery and done the same things for years, maybe even decades. If you want to get a new vibrance in your life, get out of your comfort zone and try something different. Take a ballroom dancing class, enter a baking competition, go on a trip. When you get involved in something you’ve never done before, it creates an adrenaline rush that causes you to get excited. Pretty soon, you’ll be like the little kid, wanting to share your discovery with your friends.
Aging doesn’t have to mean a dull, boring life. You can get excited about waking up in the morning and anticipating what the day will bring when you have something to look forward to. Think about all you have to be thankful for, find someone who needs your help and get out there and try something new.