Don’t Worry About Getting Old, Focus on Personal Growth
We often spend our days waiting for something to happen to us, for something to change. But you should just focus on enjoying the present, that's the only thing in life that's guaranteed.
You’re lying to yourself if you say you aren’t worried about getting old. Just about everyone in our society worries about it, and it tends to make us uncomfortable. This is partly a result of deceptive advertisements. They try to show us that staying young is all that matters. But it’s actually much more important to focus on your personal growth.
We focus too much on our appearance but forget about what’s inside us.
You shouldn’t let the years weigh on you. They should bring you happiness. Celebrating your birthday means you’ve grown another year older. But do you keep track of how much you’ve grown in the same way? You probably aren’t the exact same person you were last year, or much farther back.
Focus on your personal growth
Don’t live with worries
Ads, TV, and other forms of media try to make us afraid of getting old. Of course, they aren’t the only sources of this fear. The way we live our lives also plays a big part.
But one place it doesn’t come from is where you are right now. Here’s an example. Many years ago, a woman had to have children while she was young. This reduced the amount of time she could spend enjoying her youth. She also had to marry young, because nobody would marry her if she was already older.
These are mostly things from the past, but they’ve also stuck around and taken some different forms.
So, do you have time for yourself? Work forces many of us to give up the time we need to take care of ourselves. This is time that we should be using to focus on your personal growth: cultivating your mind, hiking in the woods, or just enjoying a good book.
From a young age, a lot of people participate in all kinds of different extra-curricular things. These help us quickly learn life lessons so that we can make it far in life.
But even as time goes on, none of that changes. Chores turn into work. Extra-curricular activities turn into overtime.
By the end, time has passed and we haven’t enjoyed it. We go through our days full of stress. The thought of getting everything done, or getting it started for tomorrow, weighs heavily on our minds.
How often do you stop to enjoy the present?
The future is our present
“Today” and “right now” have stopped existing. All we ever think about is a “tomorrow” full of expectations and things to get done. But it’s not always possible to do it all
You often have to put off the things you like so you can take care of our responsibilities. You wear yourself out with work that you generally can’t put off. Of course, there are times when you might even willingly we submerge yourself in it.
How can you keep the time from going by so quickly? When you were a child, you enjoyed the present moment. You didn’t think about tomorrow. You only thought about the here and now. Growing and learning were important.
Your five senses were trained on the present. You noticed every sensation. You were constantly surprised or in awe.
Maybe that’s the problem: nothing feels new to you. You’ve taken on boring routines that keep you from slowing down. They might even keep you from resting.
But this shouldn’t mean you have to give up the things you like, or the responsibilities that no one else will take care of.
What we’re saying is that you need to learn to focus on feeling, on seeing, this is the path to personal growth.
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Don’t think about the past or the future. Do what you did when you were a child. Focus on the here and now. If you do that, you’ll forget that tomorrow exists and will give your all to today.
Don’t spend too much time being annoyed, you’ll feel better. You may even notice your work productivity increase. Force yourself to enjoy things. Think about what you feel around you and take a deep breath.
If you want to turn your life around by leaving your job, do it. If you want to indulge yourself, do it.
We have today, but it’s impossible to be sure about tomorrow. Are you going to give up the opportunity to live life to the fullest?
We generally forget to do it. Routine becomes like a comfort zone. But it starts to override your feelings and emotions. You start to live a gray, dull life.
This won’t help you grow. It won’t help you lead a fuller life. Instead, it turns you into a superficial person. You become continually sad and discontent.
If you’re worried about growing old, stop and think for a minute. Think about how you live your day to day life. The difference between time passing by quickly or slowly is in your mind. When you enjoy something, time passes very quickly.
Learn to appreciate everything you do.
Because fear, worry, or anxiousness for our well-being causes us to realize something we want to happen one day: to be better, to grow…Instead of all those negative emotions, focus on the present, on personal growth, on becoming the best person you can be.