Aging can be tough, especially when you find yourself in poor health, either due to your own lifestyle choices or no fault of your own. No matter your age or health status, you have much to contribute to the lives of others. Your life experiences can provide more educational value than any college classroom can ever give. The younger generation desperately needs to glean from your wisdom and guidance, whether they realize it or not. Do not be hesitant or be afraid to keep yourself at the forefront of society. You are needed. If you are among the many disabled seniors in our world today, you are part of a special group of people who can contribute to the lives of others in ways that no one else can.
You Are Inspirational
You expect a person to achieve great things if they are fully skilled and completely capable, and inspiration is found from those individuals. A person who has worked hard to achieve their goals is to be commended for their perseverance and tenacity. For the person who finds success while lacking the skill, ability, finances and obvious opportunity, society tends to cheer for them the loudest. Most people love to hear stories from the underdog. As a senior aged person who is disabled, you have the unique opportunity to show others that anything is possible if you just don’t give up. Life can be tough for anyone, and it can be easy to get overwhelmed with daily struggles. When you allow your life to be an example to others of how important it is to overcome your circumstances, you act as a beacon of hope, especially to a younger generation who needs to be reminded that there is more to life than the self-centered mind can often see.
You Provide Value
A college education with an impressive degree is good, but hands-on experience and knowledge is priceless. You have talents and skill sets that an employer desperately needs. If you find yourself dealing with physical limitations that you did not previously have in the workplace, you may have to redefine yourself. Just because you may not be able to do the things you used to do, does not mean that you cannot do anything at all. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Find an employer who is hiring, research their business, and ask for an appointment to sit down with the hiring manager to share your insight of how you can be an asset to their current growth needs.
You Will Benefit
You might find yourself among the countless people who have worked hard their whole lives to make it to retirement age, only to find that you don’t enjoy retirement as much as you thought you would. Not going to an office every day can leave you feeling lonely if you are used to being around people. You might also feel less mentally sharp when you are not taxing your brain daily.
Whether you decide to get back into the workplace officially, volunteer in your community, or take care of the needs of your family and friends, it is important that you find something that provides you with a sense of self-worth and value. Do it for yourself because you are worth it.