Senior Citizens and New Year’s Resolutions

For seniors, setting New Year’s resolutions should be old hat by now. After all, we’ve had enough opportunities to get it right. Personally, I think it is fun to set new goals and plans for the new year. In fact, I spent this past weekend free writing, making plans, and writing lists for what I would like to accomplish in 2011. Senior citizens and New Year’s resolutions should go hand in hand as move into this new year..

As I write this post, I am remind of what Mark Twain said:

New Year’s is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls and humbug resolutions.

I would cheerfully disagree with Mr. Twain. I would like to think of each new year as a new beginning. For me, each day, week, month, and year are opportunities to start over and hopefully get it right this time. It’s a time of putting the mistakes and bad memories in the past and moving on with new plans, hopes, dreams and desires.

You are never too old to plan

Old age doesn’t mean you are already dead. No, you still have plenty of life left in you. Every one of us, no matter how old we are, can still make plans, set goals, and resolve to either keep doing what works or decide to change what isn’t going so well. We can still make plans for our health, wealth, and social life. We can resolve to lose weight or gain more exercise. We can plan to renew old acquaintances or shore up those that have started to drift away. We can plan to read that book we never seem to get to, or watch a funny movie once a week to keep our humor level up where it belongs.

There are any number of ways for seniors to look forward as the new year unfolds. It may be my penchant for positive thinking, but I hope I never tire of making at least some kind of plans every year.

Here’s another New Year’s related quote for you from Eric Zorn:

Making resolutions is a cleansing ritual of self assessment and repentance that demands personal honesty and, ultimately, reinforces humility. Breaking them is part of the cycle.

Letting go of the past and embracing the future is one of the most positive steps a person can take no matter how old they are. Writing down what you would like to see happen in the next year is a way to solidify your dreams and desires. It puts your longings out into the atmosphere so that they can more likely come to fruition.

So, my question to you today – Have you made your New Year’s resolutions? If not, why not? Is it because you are a senior citizen; an elderly person who feels they don’t have that much time left on earth? Are you thinking why bother, they never came to pass in the past?

If that is the case, I would encourage you to at least write one positive thing down that you would like to see come true this year. Even for seniors, writing down our thoughts and desires can make a big difference in our general outlook on life. Writing out your New Year’s resolutions is a way to move into 2011 with an upbeat and positive attitude.

I’ll leave you with this one last quote:

Oprah Winfrey
Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right.


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