If you're not old yourself, you no doubt know a few older people. Life expectancy is going up and that means that more humans (and, dare I say, more frogs too) will live longer and healthier lives.
Senior citizens have a great deal to offer. Here's a list of some of the ways that our older citizens contribute to the betterment of our world.
1. Seniors are important because they have a wealth of experience to share with us, given that opportunity.
2. Seniors can be helpful in applying life lessons on a variety of subjects like self-esteem, self-discipline, and self-respect.
3. Seniors are important because of the practical experience they can offer us. They've been around the block a few times and we can learn much from what they've learned. I mean, why reinvent the wheel if we don't have to!
4. Seniors are important because they've learned the lesson of humility. They know the things that are really important. They've learned that me, myself and I don't make the world spin.
5. Seniors are fun to be around. They have a great sense of humor and know a whole bunch of wonderful stories. They've lived through history and can give us first-hand accounts of what life was really like in those "good ol' days."
6. Seniors can help us deal with disappointment, sadness, and grief. They've had their own fair share of it. They've learned well, "This too shall pass."
Not everybody gets to become old. Old age is a gift. But senior citizens need care, attention, and comfort to lead a healthy and happy life. We can, and should, offer that to them. Even if your own grandparents are no longer around, there are plenty of elderly humans out there that you can "adopt." Maybe today is a good day to call a nursing home and volunteer a little of your time to read to them. Perhaps you have an elderly neighbor that would appreciate a visit from you. Whoever they are and wherever they might be, be a ray of sunshine in their life. It's not hard. Simply stopping by now and again to say hi, to check in and see how they're doing, to remember their birthday...these small acts can make a huge difference in an older person's life.
If you have your grandparents or great-grandparents still around, be grateful. Treasure them. Spend time with them. Learn from them. And if you don't have any older folks in your life, please think about adopting some. Older citizens have much to offer. And really require very little in turn; just a little time and attention. Everyone wants to feel needed and everyone wants to feel useful. And if you're lucky, you will one day be old yourself.
And to my own wonderful and loved grandparents, Happy Senior Citizens Day! Thank you so much for all the love, knowledge, and care you've given me. I hope that one day, I'll be lucky enough to be just like you because you guys are TOAD-ally Awesome!
Tomorrow is Wednesday and that means a visit from Dharma Frog. I hope you'll plan on stopping by tomorrow. Dharma's life lessons are always helpful, whether you're a frog or human. Until tomorrow, I wish you all
Back row: Grandpa and Grandma Wart