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Aging – Do You See The Glass Half Empty Or Half Full?

Aging – Do You See The Glass Half Empty Or Half Full?

As the age old question goes – do you see the glass half empty or half full?

When you really think about this question, the glass we look at could be exactly the same but depending on our perspective we either think we have lots left or believe we only have half of what we once had.

Same glass – different views.

I think how we view aging could be sort of the same thing.

For instance, I caught myself the other day calculating how many years I might have left based on the life expectancy rates.

My first reaction based on these numbers was I had less years to live then I had lived already.

I quickly found myself heading down a rabbit hole as I thought about how fast time had passed and calculating how few years I really had left. I then started wondering about the quality of these remaining years that I possibly had left.

Would I have health issues? Would I be able to remain living independently? These were just some of the thoughts that went through my mind.

As I continued with this thinking, I found myself getting rather depressed as I focused on the years that I possibly didn’t have.

Fortunately, I caught myself in my downward slide before it turned into anything significant. But I did learn a couple of things through this process.

At the end of the day, none of us know how many years we have – in actually fact – we don’t even know how big our glass is to start with. I think the bigger question is what do we do with the time that we have been given at this present moment.

I have decided to try and skip calculating the time I either think I have or don’t have and focus more on the opportunity of the time I have been given right now. I think I would be better served by trying to fill my glass with positive experiences and memories with the people that are important to me.

So for aging, maybe it’s not a question of whether we see the glass being half empty of half full. The bigger question is what we are actually filling our glasses with.

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.
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