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Everyone gets to be young, but not everyone gets to be old. As time goes by, we all age; we get weaker and more disease prone. Have you ever noticed in this generation, more so, that we disrespect elderly people or find them a nuisance to deal with? In traditional cultures, elders are honored and respected. It seems like in this day and age, people are addicted to the illusion that we can maintain our youth indefinitely; we simply don’t like the reminders that we are getting older.  For me, personally, older people serve as role models for the younger generation because they simply know more about life than we do. They have already crossed the phase of life that we are going through right now, yet people seem to be overlooking the importance of old people in our society. Here are nine lessons that can be learned from old people:

1. Just be yourself

Old people know who they are. They do whatever they want and get away with it simply because they have lived enough life to know that they don’t need to impress anyone. We don’t need to wait our whole lives to just be ourselves.

2. Genuine Wisdom

Old people give you advice for the sole purpose and intent of helping you. They care and want to help you out because they have also learned and gone through enough of life to give you advice and genuine wisdom.

 3. Love

You learn a lot about life the longer you live, and even more about love. I am just 23 years old, but the reason I know this is because I’ve seen this love in almost every older person I’ve encountered. They’ve been through enough to value love and share it with others.

4. Experience

We are all different and each of us has a unique life. Think for a moment about what has happened in your life so far. Now multiple that by at least 50 and you’ll eventually begin to see the value in an elder’s life experience. Old people have grown making many mistakes and facing consequences for them. They can teach you how to avoid the mistakes that they made so you may not have to go through the same experience.

 5. Priorities

Old people guide you in planning your life out because they already know what should be set as a priority and what shouldn’t be. It may get irritating, but the thing is that they have already faced the things which you are going through now and have attained so much knowledge about them with age. We tend to make social media our priority, when maybe we should reconsider and make the people we love our priority.  Think about the fact that they didn’t have Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.  Props to them.

6. Perspective

I absolutely love listening to old people ramble about some amazing incidents in their journey of life. It gives me so much insight of lifestyle in their time. It is helpful knowing why things are the way they are in their present time; it gives perspective.

7. Family values

When you look at old people, you learn about family values such as respect, honesty, and forgiveness. These values you learn from them will help you to solidify your personal family bonds as well as teach you the importance of cherishing your loved ones.

8. Acceptance

Old people are way better at accepting difficult situations and disappoints in life. They simply know that life must go on. They help you cultivate acceptance despite the mishaps that come your way.  After all, they made it this far, and all they want is the same for you.

9) We are only getting older.

You need to realize that one day, if you are lucky, you might be in their shoes. This is why I stress to treat them with the same love and respect that you would want to be treated when you get older. If you are one of those people that disrespects your elders, finds them annoying, or thinks they are a burden to your life, maybe you should re-evaluate yourself and the kind of person you are. Sad to say, but you’ll only know how it feels if and when your time comes. I know myself, and I have the upmost love and respect for all my elders. I want to recognize and celebrate their sophistication and foresight to this journey of life. We are so busy growing up that we tend to overlook the fact that others are growing old. As I grow older, I hope I’m fortunate enough to show off my wrinkles – to show everyone how happy I am, what I made it through, and how wise these old people have made me.