The culture of modern society pays a lot of attention to staying young for as long as possible. There is a certain cult of youth which dictates the necessity of plastic surgeries, doing sports and keeping to a diet – all for the sake of physical beauty. There is nothing wrong with being beautiful and staying in good health. However, it seems that older people are out of the social market and all they deserve is pity. It should not be that way, because aging is an inevitable outcome of our lives. Let us see, if there are any positive sides to aging and which benefits it can bring.
First of all, getting older, and specifically retiring, can give a person much more free time. It depends on the person’s character how this spare time will be used. Wise people with a cheerful approach to life find it very pleasant to be able to do something they have not had a chance to do before. Nowadays a lot of retired people develop new hobbies and pursue their interests in different areas. For instance, if someone likes singing but was never able to do it as much as desired, he or she can join a singing club or even start singing in a choir. Playing golf, gardening, farming and looking after animals, drawing, sewing, knitting and, finally, reading are only a small number of hobbies an aged person can have. It often happens that a person cannot read many books due to the lack of time while being employed. Being retired gives an opportunity to catch up on that.
The same can be said about traveling. It is known that many retired people from the USA and European countries take cruises on the ships and travel around the world. They enjoy their aging and the possibility to relax and see the world. When their children are grown and there is no need to have a regular job they can make their dreams come true and devote time to themselves.
Another point that should be mentioned is that older people have more time to spend with their families. Some people were too busy working when their children were little, so upon retirement they want to make up for that by giving much attention to their grandkids. They are often the ones who take care of grandchildren when young parents have to be absent.
Of course, the ability to enjoy life as an aged person depends on the state of health a lot, so it should not be underestimated. From the social perspective, aged people are the catalysts of progress in medicine and pharmaceutics, because they are the main clients of these industries and the source of their income.
The culture of modern society pays a lot of attention to staying young for as long as possible. There is a certain cult of youth which dictates the necessity of plastic surgeries, doing sports and keeping to a diet – all for the sake of physical beauty. There is nothing wrong with being beautiful and staying in good health.