Keep living: tiny tip from a 22-year-old for a happy, healthy older life

13 yellow roses from buds to one with only a few petals remaining

Yellow roses young and old together

Whether we’re old or young, we can offer advice to a person younger than ourselves. Here’s a contribution from Gikonyo Leah, who describes herself as “a Kenyan Millennial.” Her reply highlights the struggles that so many young people experience, often with life-or-death urgency. It’s hard being young, and young wisdom is hard-won. Here comes the new year: keep living, please.

Q. Imagine a younger person telling you they want to achieve a happy, healthy old age. Give your very best tip, in 30 words or fewer.
A. Keep living and being present in the moment. Choose happy even when it doesn’t make sense. Keep choosing yourself no matter what the twists & turns in your life. Lastly, always be yourself.

Q. Why did you choose to share that particular tip?
A.  Because it’s the daily Truth I personally choose to accept daily ever since my younger teen days as I was learning about life & people.

Q. Did you follow any advice that you were given about achieving a happy, healthy old age?
A. Yes. If the advice truly resonated to what I believed was the truth to me too. I think it’s our humanly way of living with each other.

Q. How old are you?
A. 22. Well they say girls grow up fast??

P.S. For this series of tiny tips for a happy healthy old age, I edit some responses so they fit with the others.


5 thoughts on “Keep living: tiny tip from a 22-year-old for a happy, healthy older life

  1. cedar51 says:

    And when those “young ‘uns” of today try to step up to change our ways – they seem to be stomped on pretty quickly. I’ve not been truly following the “young woman with a passion about climate” – but every newsreel I see/hear is “let’s stomp on her, she hasn’t any idea what she is on about” “We the real grown up people have the best knowledge…(even if said knowledge is sadly out of date)”
    Gikonyo Leah: I like your attitude…

    1. cedar51 says:

      not sure I know what I’m gabbing on about here… I think it Gikonyo’s tip “true happy even if it makes no sense….” that tipped me sideways…

    2. Rachel McAlpine says:

      Go Cedar51! Thanks for striking a blow against ageism in no uncertain terms.

  2. Rachel McAlpine says:

    Tipping sideways? Happens to me a lot. Literally. But here we are, mostly vertical.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I loved her thoughts. Always be yourself has been my belief for my whole life. That way people are in your life for who you really are not who you are pretending to be.