Resolutions Are Not Just for the Young!

Sometimes, people make resolutions at the start of the year without the intention of following them. Elder people may think that making them is just for the young. They may even use their age to justify why they haven’t been able to follow the resolutions they made. I think that resolutions are important because these are promises that you make –to yourself–for a better you. Age is but a number when you’re trying to live each day of your life to the fullest. For the young at heart and mind, here are some resolutions that can make 2013 a year to look forward to.

Don’t Fear the Distance

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Does the thought of going outside your door and leaving your home to explore unfamiliar locations terrify you? You’re probably not the only one. Some people have lived their entire lives rooted in the same spot, afraid to go out of their comfort zone. Maybe they’re not meant for traveling. Or maybe, they haven’t realized yet that they are meant to travel. They might also think that they are too old to travel. Age can limit your options for travel but that doesn’t mean you can’t go on a journey to explore the world. Australian Keith Wright may be 95 years old yet that hasn’t stopped him from traveling. In fact, he is known as oldest backpacker in the world and started flying around the world when he was 85.

Learn a New Hobby

People often say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. That’s not true. Some people are just late bloomers until later in life when they finally have to time and the freedom to do what they want. Sometimes, when you relearn a hobby from the past, you might realize that you actually have the knack for it. Did you know that some famous writers published late in life yet still went on to become a success? Mark Twain was 49 when he published Huckleberry Finn while Mary Wesley was 70 when her book, The Camomile Lawn,  was launched. This is proof that it’s never too late to learn or relearn something.

Get a Regular Dose of Excitement

Elder people like routine. In fact, they thrive in it. But a dose of excitement–doing something different once in awhile–can do wonders for you. If you feel that you’re stuck in a rut, break out of routine and go somewhere you can de-stress and unwind. Go on a quick trip to Vegas and play a couple of games at the casino. If you don’t like card games that much, you can try your luck at the slot machine. Just make sure you don’t get carried away with playing. Prepare a budget and stick to it. When you’re done at the casino, there is a wide array of dining establishments where you can enjoy a sumptuous dinner.

Laugh and Smile More

Smile and the world smiles with you. How often have you heard this being said? Probably more times than you can count. Still, it has a ring of truth in it. Always try to look at the bright side of things and smile. This positive vibe of yours is sure to rub off on others and perhaps cheer up somebody who has had a bad day. When you smile or laugh, your face lights up, making you look younger than your years. A sense of humor will also see you through the toughest of times so laugh more and reap the medical benefits of laughter.


Based in San Diego, California, Tiffany Matthews is a professional writer and a social media contributor for Sycuan. When she is not writing, she likes to shop, travel and watch movies.

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