I wonder though if the younger me, now, maybe is unrealistic for what I will be capable of say in my 70s or 80s, if I make it that far. Or maybe what I think I will want will be dramatically different than I think it is right now.
So here goes. Notes to my older self in no particular order:
- Don't complain. Or at least get it out of my system and move on.
- Try to see something good in each day.
- Shower regularly.
- Get dressed everyday.
- Keep socializing, even if I don't feel like it.
- Don't get too picky about food or you'll be a prisoner to your own tastes.
- Don't get too picky that no one's help is good enough.
- Stop and smell the flowers.
- If I end up somewhere new, make new friends.
- Tell people you appreciate them while they are here, rather than saying it to others when they're gone.
- If no one invites me, I will invite them. (Christmas, birthdays, etc)
- Try to make it easier for whoever has to take care of things when I'm gone. (downsize and clean out).
- Enjoy what I have even if it means using it up.
- Life is what you make it.
- Use the good dishes.
- Young people help you feel young.
- Cliques exist even in retirement homes. That is never ending.
- Go to the doctor even if I don't want to go. Take the medicine they prescribe according to directions.
- Get time outdoors.
- If you get out of the habit of something, it's over. (cooking, driving, shopping) Keep doing things as long as possible.
- Try to leave space for other music styles, clothes styles, etc. to not all be horrible because they aren't what I liked.
I also hope when I'm older I'll be able to afford a cleaning helper and regular pedicures, but I suppose that's pure indulgence.
Of course, I really need to start practicing this stuff now, why not? Right?