As you plan for a healthy, happy old age, what’s your agenda? If you could do one thing that made a difference, change one habit, what would it be?
These are the tasks that I set myself to complete in 12 months, ending 24 February, 2016. Some of them proved more difficult than I expected. But that’s OK. Fact is, some of these lifestyle tweaks go on forever!
- Upgrade apartment for old age
- Get finances in order
- Cultivate the hobbies you love
- Make two new friends this year (and every year)
- Establish an exercise regime
- Audit eating habits
- Learn a new skill
- Cultivate meditation techniques
- Banish old-lady voice
- Be who you are
- Align happiness factors
- Come to terms with old age and death
Legacy of my 12-month boot camp for the bonus years
I still haven’t got my finances in order, but I’m working on it — indeed I’m suddenly in a hurry to sort them out.
But by far the most excruciating challenge is number 12. Over the last year I’ve read shelves full of books and articles about aging, enough to finally see my own inner ageism. There it is, an ugly lump of prejudice against old age and old people, which is, by definition, prejudice against myself.
I’m expecting to think and act and write a good deal about ageism in the next year or so, at least until my thinking is straight and I feel I can be who I am with pride and happiness: an old woman.