aging psychology

Our culture is very youth-focused, but we all instinctively feel reverence for people who have experienced much and gained wisdom from their long years. A positive attitude towards aging can go a long way towards finding happiness in retirement by giving us something to look forward to. Here are some wise words about aging.

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?”

-Satchel Paige

Satchel Paige played professional baseball in the Negro Leagues for years before being allowed to play in the Major League at age 42. He was the oldest player to join the Major League, and at age 59 became the oldest player in Major League history.[1] He didn’t let age get in the way of his career, often quoting Mark Twain: “Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”

“I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don’t have to.”

-Albert Einstein

It’s unclear why Einstein would have been opposed to wearing socks, but the spirit of his message rings true. Research shows that older adults feel more comfortable expressing themselves, rather than feeling constrained by social norms. At a certain point, you’ve learned enough to feel confident in expressing your views and know that younger people have no business telling you to stop.

“Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be.”

-Robert Browning

The poet and playwright Robert Browning produced his most enduring work in middle age and after. His positive attitude towards aging was arguably less warranted during the Victorian era in which he lived than it would be now – in a time when medical advancements make aging far easier. His words are especially true of those who are retiring and have so much to look forward to in that new phase of life.

“For the unlearned, old age is winter; For the learned, it is the season of harvest.”

-The Talmud

Traditionally, spring is associated with youth, summer with adolescence, and winter with old age. But what about autumn? If your post-retirement life is your autumn, it can be filled with enjoying the fruits of your labor. Enjoying the money you’ve earned over a long career, more free time, and your family and friends is your right in retirement.

Remember – age before beauty. There is so much to celebrate later in life when you have accomplishments to be proud of and time to enjoy yourself. We want to help you get to and through retirement by focusing on the financial part of retirement so that you don’t have to. We can work with you to create a comprehensive retirement plan that fits your unique retirement goals.

[1] https://www.biography.com/athlete/satchel-paige

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