An old Tibetan proverb says, ‘The secret to living well and longer is: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure”.

As one crosses the age of retirement, it is essential that we embrace and accept the process of aging. The truth is; it is an honour to get old because there are many people who never had that privilege.

The kind of thoughts you allow in your mind plays a major role in the way and manner you age and how the rest of your life turns out.

You can adapt the following principles to create a happy and exciting life after retirement.

1.Surround yourself with good people. It is important that you keep the company of friends who are good for you, good to you, and refresh your soul. You do not need friends that make you feel empty and out of touch with life.

2. Nurture your relationships. Relationships don’t thrive because things were good at every season. They last because hard times were handled with love, patience and care. Invest in people that matter to you and make sacrifices to make them happy.

3. Refuse to be put in a box. People naturally expect senior citizens to lead a slow and boring life. You can break that narrative because you are as young as you decide to be. Listen more to your spirit than your body. Don’t let your age control your life. You can live your best life now.

I end today’s post with the famous words of George Bernard Shaw, ‘You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.

Do not ever let the wells of your laughter go dry, old age is enjoyable. Relax and live your life to the fullest.