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Old age perspectives not only mean that the way senior citizens think as of now but also means that the common questions that arise in the mind of the younger generations thinking about their old age.

There was a time when old age and retirement was a stigma of sorts. There is a general overview that people who retire don’t add any value to society and have to depend on others to live their lives but things aren’t the same anymore. Since old people were seen as burdens, thoughts about retiring were often not very pleasant. But we have come so far away from the thoughts we had in the past, and we do not look at our senior citizens the same way we did before. Retirement has become so more welcoming now. So, we’ll have a look at some old age perspectives and how to see them through different angle people had about retiring in the past and the perception they have now: –

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses.”

― Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden
1. Perspective on ‘What will I do after retirement?’
  • Old Perspective-I won’t have anything to do when I retire, life is going to be so meaningless.
  • New Perspective- Now that I don’t have to work anymore, I can finally start on the hobby that I always wanted to do.
2. Perspective on ‘How will I earn?’
  • Old Perspective Oh, how will we survive? Will our pension be enough to help us through our old age?
  • New Perspective Since now I have all the time in the world, I can finally think about new investments and new income sources.
3. Perspective on ‘Will I travel again in my old age?’
  • Old Perspective There are so many places to I wanted to go, I wish I had travelled more before I retired.
  • New Perspective I can take advantage of all senior citizens offers on travel and finally travel to the places I wanted to travel before.
4. Perspective on ‘Health and fitness upon retiring’
  • Old Perspective My body is already in terrible shape, now that I won’t have anything to do, it’s only going to get worse.
  • New Perspective I can finally get time to hit the gym, walk, meditate and practice yoga, and find some self-health care products.
5. Perspective on ‘My status in society’
  • Old Perspective Since I won’t be earning any more, people in the society will think little of me.
  • New Perspective Now that I am retired, I can finally focus on the betterment of our society with my experience and knowledge.
6. Perspective on ‘Will I meet my office pals and friends upon retiring?
  • Old Perspective Since we are old now, I don’t think we can go out, gather and have fun with all we used to do
  • New Perspective We have all the time in the world, to meet, gather and spend time with all my friends.
7. Perspective on ‘My value in my family post-retirement’
  • Old Perspective Since I am not earning anymore, will my family really value me the way it did before?
  • New Perspective I can finally spend some time with all my children and play with my grandkids, I can finally look after them now that I am retired.
8. Perspective on ‘Dependency on others in old age’
  • Old Perspective I will I have to depend on others now that I am old, and I am not earning.
  • New Perspective Yes, I am retired but I am still healthy, I know how technology can be used to make my life easier and I am eager to learn, I am sure I can live independently.
9. Perspective on ‘How should I occupy my day after retirement?’
  • Old Perspective I was so used to working 9 to 5, life is going to be incredibly tough, life is going to be incredibly dull and boring now that I am retired.
  • New Perspective I have missed so many movies, so many good books and even TV shows. I can finally catch up on all the movies, books and Tv shows now that I am finally free.
Concluding thoughts

Perspective is everything. There are problems all around us, not only in old age but in every phase of our lives. The above were some common old-age perspectives and how to look at them differently. When the perspective of a person changes, they are more likely to take wise decisions. Therefore, training your mind in such a way is very necessary.

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”

― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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