Many seniors would like to take a trip with friends or family members, but they decide not to go for many reasons. They may not be able to keep up, they get too tired too easily, or they just don’t feel comfortable when staying at someone else’s house or in a hotel. While these are all good reasons people do not want to go on a trip, they are often times more like excuses.
It’s hard going on a trip, and that’s for anyone. Yes, it can be harder when you’re older and you’re dealing with the aches and pains of old age. However, this is one of those cases in which you have to weigh the bad and good of taking the trip.
You can probably come up with a long list of reasons not to go on a trip. They all seem valid and it can make you believe that you really can’t do it.
Change gears for a minute, though. Try to think of all the good that could come out of the trip. If you need help, here are some to get you started.
- Change of scenery. Some people feel better when they get out of their home and see new sights. They feel free and energized.
- More time to connect with others. There’s no time to connect when people are going about their daily lives sometimes. When you join them for a trip, you have more time to connect with them, which could make you really happy and feel good inside.
- You get to spend quality time with people you don’t see all of the time. When you take a trip to see a loved one, you end up spending quality time with the person. You can’t beat the feeling of that and that feeling usually sticks around for quite a long time after you return.
- Moving leads to more moving. When you stay home, you probably don’t move as much as you would if you took a trip. Exercise, even if it’s a little more than you usually do, is beneficial to your body. Just check with your doctor to make sure it is safe for you to move in the ways you will need to when you are taking a trip.
- Clear your mind. Isolating can make your mind cluttered with thoughts. You don’t have anyone to talk to, so you end up just ruminating over the same things. When you take a trip, you have more of a chance to speak to loved ones you may be travelling with or you may meet new people along the way. There’s nothing like having a good, uninterrupted conversation with someone.
- Gives life meaning. When you do the same thing every day, you don’t ever see a change in your life. That can cause you to lose the meaning of it. When you take a trip, you put that meaning back in your life, so you feel alive again.
- Brings back passion. Life is all about experiences and those experiences are what give you the passion you need to love life. Travelling opens you up to so many new experiences and opportunities that could help you feel joy once again.
Now, it’s your turn. Take some time to think of all the benefits of taking a trip. Focus on those benefits as you travel and you may find it to be the best time you’ve had in a long time.
For more coaching and guidance from someone who understands what you’re going through right now, contact Kendall Van Blarcom. Personal consulting can help you live a better life, so you can love it again!