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Some time ago, a Reddit user posted a question for people over 60: What advice would you give to someone half your age? The thread is full of positivity, really good advice, simplicity, and lessons on how to get over the anxieties of everyday life. Listen to those bits of wisdom – some of them are hilarious, and all of them are really helpful.
- Knees are important. Cherish them.
- Stuff is just stuff. Hoard time instead.
- Never be afraid to ask for more pay. You will need it later.
- Jealousy destroys relationships. Trust your significant other.
- Floss regularly, dental problems are awful.
- 62 years here. Don't take anyone else's advice as gospel. You can ask for advice from someone you respect, then take your situation into consideration and make your own decision. Essentially, take your own advice. But don't take my advice.
- Books. Read them. 64 here, and your mom. All the cliches apply (sunblock, flossing, travel). But don't stop reading books, lots and lots and lots of books. Crappy ones, disturbing ones, difficult ones, fun ones. You can only live your one tiny life, but with books, you can live thousands more.
- Your life is not as serious as you think it is.
- Learn something about finance if you haven't. Move to a fun place for a while. Your life will become limiting, but a fun place will mitigate some of that. Stay active. Read like a monster. Listen to good music. Quit spending money on crap, because crap becomes hard to store. Stay out of debt if you can. Your friends and family are key to mental health, so strengthen those bonds. Drink less and less. Travel on vacations if you can - and cheaply. Your job is not you. Smile to the point that it sticks. Don't knock other people: they may have the key to happiness and happiness is not to be knocked. You may live to 100, so ask those guys too. Have health insurance always. Expect major crashes along the road. We all crash and burn, so help other people. Keep a tow strap in your car. Some cretin stole my emergency bag out of my car and I thought: wow, good for him! Might save a life. Think like that if you can.