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Things to be Grateful for as You Age

Are you struggling to find things to be
grateful for as you grow older? It can be challenging to acknowledge what we’re
thankful for at times, and that’s okay! Here is a potential list of things to be grateful
for if you are over 60.
  Not everyone has everything on the list, but I hope the list gives you an idea of the range of things we can be grateful for as we age.

1.     A close-knit family that offers
emotional support during challenging times; friends who have been there through
thick and thin, and colleagues who make the workplace a positive and engaging

2.     Appreciating the comfort and
security of a home, the luxury of having a variety of food choices, and the
access to clean water, acknowledging that not everyone has these basic

3.     Your good health or
appreciating the opportunity to work on personal well-being through activities
like regular exercise, meditation, and healthy eating habits.

4.     All the Experiences that Have
Shaped You into the Person You Are Today This is done by reflecting on the
lessons learned from life’s challenges, celebrating the growth that comes with
age, and valuing the wisdom gained from various experiences.

5.     Embracing the chance to explore
new hobbies, join clubs, or engage in community activities, that provide
opportunities to meet like-minded individuals and build new friendships.

6.     Financial Stability which gives
you the ability to enjoy Retirement without the burden of significant debts,
and the freedom to make choices without constant financial stress.

7.      Self-reflection, taking the
time to reflect on one’s achievements, contributions to the community, and the
positive impact made on the lives of others throughout the years.

8.     Freedom to travel after years
of hard work, to explore the world, whether it’s through travel or simply
having the time to pursue personal interests, hobbies, and passions after
dedicating years to career and responsibilities.

9.     Having a shift in mindset that
comes with age, focusing more on personal happiness and fulfillment rather than
being influenced by societal expectations or the opinions of others.

10.   Appreciating the gift of life,
acknowledging the experiences, memories, and opportunities that have come along
the way, and looking forward to the years ahead with optimism and gratitude.

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I served as a teacher, a teacher on Call, a Department Head, a District Curriculum, Specialist, a Program Coordinator, and a Provincial Curriculum Coordinator over a forty year career. In addition, I was the Department Head for Curriculum and Instruction, as well as a professor both online and in person at the University of Phoenix (Canada) from 2000-2010.

I also worked with Special Needs students. I gave workshops on curriculum development and staff training before I fully retired

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