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Wisdom of old age: Many learn these lessons late

Age wisdom: For some astute insight we must first have come a long way. Have reached an age where we can fall back on a great treasure trove full of experience. We therefore asked around in the more mature semesters and noted down some wisdom of age that seemed logical and correct to us. These 9 lessons we don't learn until late in life.

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Wisdom of old age: Better late than never

Mark Twain is credited with this quote: "The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why." But will the second day ever come? And when?

A lot only becomes clear to us when we look in the rearview mirror. At an advanced age, maybe at 55, 72 or 95. At an age at which you have already had your experiences with life. We have not yet reached this age ourselves, but we just asked around among the ancestors. What lessons do you learn late in life?

How about this catchphrase to start, which you've probably heard of? “Most of all, you regret the things you haven't done.” What younger people can learn from this: Start your own business if you've always dreamed of it. Quit or switch industries if you are unhappy at your job.

Here are nine other ancient wisdoms that we brought with us. We learn these lessons late in life ...

9 lessons we learn late in life

  1. Time goes by faster and faster

    A realization that you must have made a long time ago. And for which you don't have to get terribly old. Still a good wake-up call: Don't put everything on the back burner. Your own café, job change, offspring, the trip to South Africa. The train left sooner or later, but not sometime, but tomorrow.

  2. Beauty does not accompany you through your whole life

    Also a no-brainer, but still only partially understandable for young supermodels. Pay close attention to the appearance, just not too much. And a very pragmatic tip: Don't make your dazzling looks the foundation of your career (unless you actually want to become a supermodel). It's gone sooner than you can open your eyes. Your great bargaining chip is ultimately, as trite as that may sound, your inner, professional and personal values.

  3. Envy makes you unhappy

    That fellow student you always hated is now a successful businessman. The school friend you are actually very fond of has a yacht off Nice. Your own children are more intelligent than you are. But the neighborhood children are much prettier than your own. There is always a reason to be jealous of everything and everyone. But actually not either. Take it with dignity when someone is better. And just be proud of yourself, of your achievements, big and small.

  4. Seeds sprout late

    If you've seen the film 'Butterfly Effect', you'll know that what you do now will affect your life later - for better or worse, privately or professionally. The choice of the course of study, the place of residence, the apprenticeship place, the pension plan - you should make such decisions carefully. Remember: With every decision you make important decisions for the rest of your life.

  5. Your body is an investment

    Don't ruin your body to make a bunch of money. You will then have to spend the money later to put your body back together. At the latest by the age of 30 you should start treating your body the way it deserves: lots of exercise, sensible nutrition, not hanging on to bottles and bottles every weekend. Those who invest in their bodies early will earn the return later.

  6. Quality does not automatically prevail

    You have talent, hard work, character. But self-marketing is often more important - unfortunately. It's all useless: get yourself in a good position, drum for yourself, show off a little now and then. Without subtle self-promotion here and there, you will fall by the wayside, however unpleasant this realization may be. The best is not always the first - old people know that.

  7. Work is overrated

    No pain no gain. But a life without hard work for it, one could snippetly object now. So don't pack your diary full of meetings, home work and training appointments from morning to evening. Ever since the bestseller from Australian nurse Bronnie Ware, we have known that the dying are particularly fond of saying this sentence: "I wish I hadn't worked so much."

  8. Goals are important, but the way to get there is even more important

    When I've finished my studies, I will! When my promotion is through, off we go! When the children are out of the house, they do it right! Of course not. Anyone who believes that everything will turn out well through individual incidents and that great happiness will become reality will land rudely on the bottom of their pants. Instead, try to find joy in everyday life, at every stage and at every age.

  9. The earth keeps turning even without you

    My goodness, what you've got going on there, respect! Your job, your company, your projects. Everything is sooooo important, isn't it? In all honesty, 99.9 percent of the world's population will never know that we exist (unless you're Prince William or Donald Trump). And 50 years after our death, no sock remembers us anyway. Therefore: less doggedness. Better make the most of the day and be nice to your colleagues - and for God's sake, don't take yourself (and your company) so seriously.

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October 28, 2020Author: Sebastian Wolking

Sebastian Wolking is a freelance online editor. He is interested in the changes in the job market due to the digital revolution.

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