On Reddit, one user composed an ‘Ask Reddit’ thread posing a simple question to those over 60: What advice/tips would you give to someone half your age? In turn, over 5,922 comments were made, and contained within them, are some of the best advice any of us will probably ever hear.
Take a moment to read through the various comments made by users. There is absolutely no way that you can read the following without walking away with advice that you can use throughout the rest of your life. I also added in a few of these that were quite funny as well. So, if you need a smile and a laugh today, you are welcome.
1. “Stuff is just stuff. Hoard time instead.”
2. “Eat like you’re a diabetic heart patient with a stroke- so you never become one.” And while this may seem nearly impossible, it is a good word of advice. Many health problems that plague us when we are older, are because we didn’t eat properly during our peak years.
3. “FRIENDS are few and far between. You will recognize them when you need them and they are there for you. Nurse those friendships, they are rare. Try to be a good friend.”
4. “Pay your bills and stay the hell out of debt. If I could have paid myself all the money I’ve paid out in interest over the years, I’d be retired already.”
5. “Well, as the old saying goes: a stitch in time saves nine.
Those weeds in the front garden? Pull them out now, or in a few months there’ll be ten times as many of them and they’ll be five times as tall. And next year they’ll be bushes with roots that are a real pain to get out. (Personal experience)
The flaking paint on that window-frame? Paint it now, or it’ll rot and be far more work to fix. (Personal experience).
That nasty sound when the car-wheel hits a bump? If you don’t fix it and the suspension breaks when you hit a pot-hole on the motorway, you’ll be stranded there with a forty-tonner bearing down on you. (Fortunately not personal experience – I’d learned something by then.)”
6. And honestly, I couldn’t resist sharing this one. “As a 60-year-old, I’d say to 30-year-olds that you should date someone twice your age.”
7. “Money: LEARN HOW TO SAVE IT AND INVEST IT. There is nothing better than having a cushion saved up in the event you lose your job. The bigger the cushion, the better the opportunity.”
8. “Treat people the way you want them to treat you. Even though I’m one year short of 60, it’s something I wish I had done more myself.”
9. “This too, shall pass.”
10. “Keep politics out of your relationship, never go to bed angry, life is too short to be mad about money or small problems.”
11. “Travel the world at every possible opportunity.”
12. “Have a plan for retirement- something- anything.”
13. “Be good to everyone you meet. Everyone you interact with. Everyone!
You won’t regret the times you were too generous, too charitable, too kind.
But the times you did the opposite? Those times will haunt you.”
14. “Nobody ever dies wishing they had worked more.”
15. “You might live a long life or a short one. Who knows?”
16. “Jealousy destroys relationships.”
17. “When you meet someone for the first time, stop and realize that you know nothing about them.”
18. “Forgive yourself, value yourself, love yourself and amuse yourself.”
19. “Choose your rut very carefully. You may be in it for a long time. The best way to get on your feet is to get off your ass.”
20. “External bullshit will happen all the time. The only thing you can control is your reaction to it.”
21. “60 isn’t that old! I passed the California Bar (on my first try) in the same month I went on Medicare. (That’s 65 for you kids who haven’t been interested in such stuff. ) Keep learning and doing new stuff!”
22. “Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.”