New Year’s Eve – long enough to drive out the darkness
“Be bold, be brave,” I kept telling myself. That’s how I survived New Year’s Eve.
Last New Year’s eve was my 69th. In short, I’ve had lots of it already, which I am very thankful for.
Oh yes, I ‘ve had so many New Year celebrations to reminisce about, from the time I learned how to pop a firecracker, through my adolescent years up until I had my own family.
Loneliness – silent but deadly!
I am a live-alone senior but I am never lonely.
Why? Because my mind is always exploring ideas, wandering to distant places and new technologies, and how to get people read my articles. LOL!
I never allow my mind to dwell on self-pity, disappointments over past failures and unmet expectations. Yes, I grieved deeply when my wife died but I got out of it soon before it can ruin me.
In fact, I relish my lonesome moments because by being alone, I can have clarity of mind and the motivation to achieve my purpose as a writer.
But I cannot speak for other seniors.
Me, lonely? Never!
Do you know how loneliness feels like? I do, so do 43% of seniors.
Loneliness makes you feel detached from society and from the world. It makes you feel lethargic, and without a sense of purpose.
It affects your appetite, your sleep, your relationship and your overall sense of well-being. And if you allow it to run your life, it can ruin it. In fact, experts suggest that we should attend to loneliness the same way we attend to diet, exercise and sleep.