I’m getting too old for this!!
I’m getting too old for this. Words that echo in my head. Usually with some sort of expletive added to the end of the phrase.
So what comes next? Let’s think about that.
The one thing that is certain in life is, we are all getting older, then we die.
Some of us are privileged to become old enough to live through more than one generation.
Some people manage to build a lasting legacy, no matter how long or short their life is. They manage to change the world in a way that continues long after they have stood amongst us.
The decisions we make, what we learn and share, the things we create, all have an effect on the people around us.
For some, that circle of influence is not much bigger than their immediate family and close friends, others reach out to thousands, sometimes millions, like ripples in a pond.
What do I have to offer?
We acquire knowledge through the people we meet and the training we have been exposed to. We build on knowledge through the things we do. What we do with the knowledge makes us who we are, unique.
The actions we take are what other people judge us by.
Our stories from past actions may be interesting to others, giving us some credibility when we first meet. Those stories only go so far towards making us interesting enough that others want to stick around. As a result
The thing that makes others want to be around you more than anything else is, what you are doing with your life right now at this point in time, regardless of how old you are.
Like attracts like. Your actions will attract people interested in what you are doing.
Offer what you are doing, your interest and hobbies, what you are good at.
Learn now what you need for tomorrow
If you feel uneasy about your future and what it may be like, change some of what you’re doing.
Make some time to start walking a different road towards your dreams and goals or change tack and head in a different direction, like a yacht beating to windward toward the top mark.
If you are getting old and it seems like you’re older than most, no doubt you’ve thought “I should have done that” at some stage in your life. I know I am guilty of that phrase. When I really think about it, saying that sort of thing is just negative self-talk.
Your regrets are part of your story. Share the good the bad and the ugly, so others don’t make the same mistakes.
Learn how to share your story.
We live in the information age.
Those that have lived longer than others have more to offer, wisdom for one thing.
Learning a few new skills or getting help from someone who already has the skills, is relatively easy making sharing what you know well within the capability of most.
Follow a few simple rules and people will find that what you share is interesting. Some may even be prepared to reward you for having the courage to share.
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How old is too old?
I think about my mum and how she only has one income, the pension. At 83 she is still young relative to many her age and sharp as a pin. She created a great environment for us kids to grow up in.
The meals she made were always tasty because she used ingredients that made her home cooking better than what the average restaurant serves up these days.
It would be nice if that knowledge was preserved and shared for future generations.
If she were able to share that knowledge and her little tips and tricks, through modern communication platforms, I have no doubt others would find it interesting enough to follow her. She’d need some help of course. Also…
My brother and the wealth of knowledge he has in the design industry, no doubt has plenty to offer. I know others would love to know how his mind works to create one new idea after the other and
Then there are Navy mates who have made the transition from life in the military. The highly refined structure within the defence force systems, to a life outside with civilian inefficiencies and poor leadership.
They all have skills and stories to tell that others would be interested in.
If you have been thinking of doing something to change your current situation. If you believe you have a story and knowledge others could find useful, why wouldn’t you share it? Leave out the bits where you are sworn to secrecy, of course.
Maybe you have a talent for entertaining but selfishly keep it from others due to some untested fear.
The older you are the better.
Where to start learning
I can point you in the right direction.
There is one person I learn from that stands out from the others.
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What I am learning from him is helping me be useful to others.
I know that as I get older, my body is likely to restrict my options for generating income. I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to bang away at a keyboard or create videos long after the rest of my body has worn out.
Start thinking about learning new skills. Future proof your life to avoid being dependent on insurance or benefits.
Take responsibility for your future income sources.
Seems like most of us will not have enough if we rely solely on current retirement systems to maintain a good standard of life, therefore
Learning how to share using modern communication systems is a much better gamble than buying Lotto tickets. So do this one thing
Learn how to generate additional income by sharing what you know.
The happiest people in the world are those who help others.
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