Turning 65 is a fantastic milestone to reach, and typically a significant lifestyle transition will follow. The change can be a bit confusing and have many feelings of joy and fear.
You know things you always wanted to do
You should go do them NOW!
Here are the best things about being 65:
Humor is Part of My Life – Maya Angelou – “Laugh as much as possible, always laugh. It’s the sweetest thing one can do for oneself & one’s fellow human beings.” Having a sense of humor as we get older supports good health, and it’s a lot of fun. We live in an active lifestyle community and humor is part of the program.
My Favorite Jokes – Can’t help myself:
- I saw a man texting while driving. It made me so angry I threw my beer at him.
- I don’t feel old – I don’t feel anything until noon. Then it’s time for my nap.
- I don’t know if the presidential candidates are running for the White House or Animal House.”
- I grew up with six brothers. That’s how I learned to dance….. waiting for the bathroom.
- I set out to play golf with the intention of shooting my age, but I shot my weight instead.
- You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.
Words for Life – Second only to the Bible, I’ve found “The Desiderata Poem” the most profound source of knowledge. An important article to share with your adult children, but more importantly to live this life as an example for your grandchildren.
Forgiveness Is Easy – Quote by Bernard Meltzer – “When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future.” – Forgiveness isn’t supposed to be easy, but as we age, it comes naturally and bears many fruits.
Senior Discounts – Quote by William Shatner – “If saving money is wrong, I don’t want to be right!” – I understand this is trivial, but I still enjoy the benefit.
I’ve Become Patient – Quote by Joyce Meyer – “Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” I now calmly wait for the things that I cannot change and enjoy the moment.
The Best Is Yet To Come – Quote by Willie Nelson – “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” Every day my life gets better, and believe the freedom of retirement fosters this outlook. We have created over 200 Inspiration Quotes to help everyone look to the future with optimism.
Passionately Curious – Quote by Nadia Comaneci – “Enjoy the journey and try to get better every day. And don’t lose the passion and the love for what you do”. We adopted a new lifestyle at the age of 65, and I can’t stop investigating everything about it.
Self-Confident – Quote by Khoudia Diop – “I’ve learned to ignore the negative people and just be a living example of confidence and self-love.” As I approached my 65th birthday, some fear and a lack of self-confidence started to appear. After the transition, I began to trust myself and the confidence returned.
Money is Not Everything – Quote by Will Rogers – “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.”
Open-Minded – Quote by Gwyneth Paltrow – “The older I get, the more open-minded I get, the less judgmental I get.” I’m more curious and less judgmental, what a blessing.
Get Outside Every Day – Quote by Day Jillian Rose Reed – “I love to be outdoors, so I like to hike, bike and go to the beach.” Moving to Florida made the outdoors accessible year-round. Read these Beach Quotes for inspiration.
Travel – Quote by Mohammed – “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled.” I can’t buy happiness, but I can buy a plane ticket.
Joined the Tennis Team – Quote by Anushka Shetty – “It always feels nice to be associated with a team you share a great bond with.” Teamwork was always present in business, but the last time I was on a sports team was fifth grade. I like the journey.
Bucket List – Quote by Annette White – “Make a bucket list and fill it with dreams that have no boundaries.” I always thought a “Bucket List” was self-serving and my role was to be a provider. Starting at the age of 65, I became a consumer and created a Bucket List.
Being Grandparents – Quote by David Suzuki – “One of the joys of being a grandparent is getting to see the world again through the eyes of a child.” Spending time with our grandchildren is indeed a blessing. They are nonjudgmental lovers of just about everything, and their joy is contagious. A collection of my favorite “Grandchildren Quotes“.
Enjoy Our Children’s Successes – Quote by James E. Faust – “All parents hope and pray that their children will make wise decisions. Children who are obedient and responsible bring to their parents’ unending pride and satisfaction.” Our two daughter are the greatest: mothers, spouses, employees, friends, sisters, aunts, and children. The only thing I did was love their mom.
Feel Young – Quote by Pablo Picasso – “It takes a long time to become young.” Today is the youngest I’ll ever be.
New Boater – Quote by P. J. O’Rourke – “There are a lot of mysterious things about boats, such as why anyone would get on one voluntarily.” Not sure this was a good idea, I’ll give this boating adventure one more year.
Became a Minimalist – Quote by Vernon Howard Quote – “You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.” Some of the benefits: more time, more money, less stress, more freedom, easy to clean, … Owning Less is Great. – Desiring Less is Better.
Adopted a Healthy Diet – Quote by Bethenny Frankel – “Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good investments.” Best gift I’ve ever given myself.
Drink Red Wine – Quote by Benjamin Franklin – “Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” I’m learning to taste wine, and it’s not water.
Started a Blog – Quote by Octavia E. Butler – “You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.” Work always provided challenges and I found joy in this. Writing is the hardest thing I’ve ever tried to do. Hope I can find happiness.
Wake Up Early – Quote by Aristotle – “It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.” Early morning hours are a great time to be alive. It gives me a chance to soak in a few moments of peace.
Dancing – Quote by Julianne Hough – “There is something so rewarding about dancing. It’s almost spiritual – you let loose, you feel free, you get endorphins from the exercise.”
Quit Golfing – Quote by P.G. Wodehouse – “To find a man’s true character, play golf with him.” – P.G. Wodehouse. What a beautiful game that I enjoyed for many years. Four hours, for a round of golf, is too big an investment.
Betting on The Horses – Quote by Jeffrey Bernard – “One way to stop a runaway horse is to bet on him.” Getting hooked on the track has brought many hours of study and joy. I sooner win $1 than earn $2.
Go to Concerts – Quote by Elvis Presley – “A live concert to me is exciting because of all the electricity that is generated in the crowd and on stage.” Never went to a concert as a youth, now I’m hooked. It’s good medicine and takes your mind away from CNN and FOX news.
Live in a High Rise – Quote by Robert Fulghum – “Good neighbors make a huge difference in the quality of life.” Moving into a High-Rise was a major decision and we rented a unit before purchasing. We love the amenities and great neighbors and ended up purchasing in the same building.
Go to the Gym Daily – Quote by Grizz Chapman – “Hit the gym… Working out is the key to your life. All you need is half an hour on the treadmill.” We live on the 7th floor and I just go to the first floor and my workout begins. Typically I’m the only one working out and get to watch the news.
My Wife Wears Plaid and Stripes – Quote by Vera Wang – “A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes.”
As adults move deeper into their 70s and 80s, daily activity levels diminish on most fronts–especially when it comes to exercising and driving. On the other hand, daily prayer and daily medication both increase with age.