Monday, April 06, 2015

Eat, Pray, Sleep!



Basically these are the three activities that we think that an old person does. But we should never forget their contribution to our family growth and progress. Life after retirement is cool for many who worked in the government sector and life post retirement is more or less the same for them as they earn pensions. For others it is good too! So how does it feels after retiring. We work hard for 60 years and after that we all have time for our loved ones. Elderly people need some time for themselves and their family once they remove the monkey off their shoulder. They want love  and want to be loved by their kith and kin. But unfortunately, in this fast paced life, everyone is busy in minting money and  people don't even have time to look after themselves, spending time with their old parents would be a difficult ask! 

The other day I was watching a Documentary on the same topic.  It showed life of several people who are coping with retirement.Most of them seemed to have been enjoying their retirement. Always save 10-12% of your monthly income for your future. Do increase the bracket as your income grows. These are the best investments that you could save for yourself as you grow old apart from the different traditional schemes that you opt for during your young days. By doing this you don't have to dependent on your children. There is no surety that they would look after you in your old-age. Try to cultivate good hobbies. For instance, my grand mother is adept at crochet. She weaves good crochet purses and bags. I try my  best in finding customers for her. These are things that are close to her heart. She derives great pleasure by working on such art work. Perhaps my younger sibling acquired this art of weaving and crochet from her!  

Spend time with your grand children. From movies, we have been seeing that old citizens have an additional responsibility of managing their grand children. Of course it is a reality! In families where both the husband and the wife are earning members then it becomes obligatory for someone to look after their kids. Grand Parents come handy in that case. Spend some time with them. Teach them, help them with their studies and get loved! That's the reason why grandchildren who often spend time with their grand parents are close to each other. That bond is phenomenal and can't be compared with any other! 

As we grow old, we don't have much to do. And most old citizens often have a well planned routine in their life - Eat, Pray, Sleep. And that is how life is! We study hard when we are young to create a base for our future. We work hard as we grow up for the welfare of our family. After achieving our accomplishments and targets , we look after our loved ones. Lucky are the ones who spend time with their family during their old age. Unfortunately due to increasing number of Old-age homes, people often tend to admit their old parents to such Homes without knowing how much it will hurt them.  Eat, Pray and Sleep is the new routine in our old age! 

This is shared with A to Z Blogging Challenge 2015

24 comments:

  1. It's the stark reality of the present date. Grandparents fill home with life and values worth or remember but somehow today's generation has adapted to take "goodness for granted ". Sigh

    An enlightening post.

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  2. My Baba (Grandma) also crochets! She is 87 and still a very vibrant soul. Whenever I come across interesting patterns I order them for her :)
    Brandy from Brandy's Bustlings

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    1. Same here :) That's a nice gesture from you, Brandy!

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  3. My Baba (Grandma) also crochets! She is 87 and still a very vibrant soul. Whenever I come across interesting patterns I order them for her :)
    Brandy from Brandy's Bustlings

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  4. My inlaws are old and when we ask them to come over they tell us, now that every bird has flown out of the nest, we have to have the space for ourselves. Yes Eat, Pray and Sleep is the new routine but do they want anything else? I often wonder and have asked but I feel they want to be away from all the responsibilities and do things what they have always wanted to do. I might be dillusional- for it seems the easy way out but you gave me food for thought. Will have to look into this. Thank you.

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  5. Eat Pray Sleep sounds like heaven. I guess the trick is to find something you are passionate about and achievable in your retirement years.

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  6. what a wonderful advice and given in such a nice manner

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  7. Definitely if we spend time with our grandparents and the elders of the house we will realise that the thing known as generation gap is just an illusion And a myth. Good post!

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  8. I think it's very important to save for retirement because I don't want to be financially dependent on my daughter nor do I want to keep working after 60. Very useful advice :)

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  9. well said! we run behind so many meaningless things, that we forget the basic things that make us happy! loved this post!

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  10. My grandpa and grandma too like that three but they still love to be active, be involved with the family and such. Saving to be financially independent is important but as much to retain the feeling of togetherness :)

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    1. Togetherness is the essence of a good family. Together we stay and we stay forever!

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  11. Great post Stephen. It's a pity that kids don't value the hard work and effort their parents put in nurturing them, and don't think twice before sending them to an old age home :-(

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    1. Yes, unfortunately that's what is happening lately

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  12. My mother in law is 87. She has two relatives near her who hardly ever even call to see how she is doing. But she is fortunate that other relatives (further away, alas) care very much for her. Her mobility is more and more restricted. But she still has much to offer, as does another relative, who is 103. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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  13. Thanks a lot for your help on this. I look forward to reading more information from you!

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