The older I grow, the more I distrust the familiar doctrine that age brings wisdom.
Maybe age does bring wisdom, but not just. Maybe age also brings so many other strong tugs that the wisdom gets distorted.
I’m old, but not really old just yet. I just turned 58. Since my 30’s I’ve kept an eye out for aging role models, seniors I’d like to emulate, and seniors I’d like to avoid becoming. I try to figure out what, besides good genes and good fortune, makes the difference between old folks who are good and bad company. Here, I’ll list my take-aways, the lessons I’m trying to live by to avoid becoming the wrong kind of senior.
I’m no authority, but then neither are seniors necessarily. In all walks of life, the successful are rarely experts on what makes them successful, and plenty think they’re successful when they aren’t. The following 10 rules are just one aspiring senior’s best guesses at how to offset the natural accumulation of tugs that pull seniors away from wisdom.