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Adventures in Retirement – Stranger in a strange land- dealing with change

Written by Bill Leavitt. Posted in Featured, Senior Living

Published on March 04, 2020 with No Comments

Every generation has to go through the discomfort of dealing with changes in culture that come as we get older.  It is nothing new.  There has always been constant change in society and every generation wishes things were more like “a better time” when they were younger.  Coping with the changes in culture that make us uncomfortable often makes us feel like “a stranger in a strange land.”

Seniors of today often feel that society is less polite, less considerate, less friendly, less neighborly and less helpful.  We may feel that social media and smart phones are making people less interested in interacting with others, especially with strangers.  Drivers are rude and inconsiderate.  People don’t say “thank you,” but instead say “no problem.” That term is not friendly, polite or personal.  Politics are becoming nasty; instead of being able to discuss political issues with each other, people become angry with those who don’t agree with them.  These are some of the things that especially irk me.

But, as with previous generations, it is best to adjust to the changes in culture.  The changes are nobody’s fault.  It just that new technology, changes in attitudes and new customs make people the way they are.  Instead of wasting time being angry with change, learn to accept it.

That doesn’t mean that you have to accept the attitudes and customs you don’t like.  But it doesn’t do any good to get mad at those who do those things that irritate you.  As with previous generations, you will be happier if you just learn to cope with the changes.

Also, you don’t have to change your views on what is right and what is wrong.  You are an individual and are free to follow your own habits and customs and the way you treat others.  You don’t have to act in the ways of others that you don’t like.  Don’t agonize over the changes you dislike.  Be yourself and continue the politeness, consideration, friendliness and neighborliness that you feel comfortable with.

You will feel you are a better person, and you can take pride in tolerating the bad habits, customs and attitudes that you think are wrong. Don’t worry, be happy!

All opinions, conclusions and recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the views of The Chronicle. Bill Leavitt is a retired technical writer from Valparaiso and the author of a guidebook to successful and active retirement entitled Retirement: Life’s Greatest Adventure.  The book can be purchased from the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond (just off the Borman Expressway).  For more information, visit RetirementLifesGreatestAdventure.com.

 

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Bill Leavitt is a technical writer from Valparaiso. After retiring from a large corporation in Chicago, he did technical writing consulting for many companies. He currently teaches part-time at Purdue University Calumet. You can order Leavitt’s book, “Retirement: Life’s Greatest Adventure,” by sending $16.65 (includes shipping and sales tax) made payable to Write On Technical Writing, Inc., P.O. Box 132,Valparaiso, IN 46384-0132. Or, visit RetirementLifesGreatestAdventure.com for more information.

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