In my younger years, married friends would tell me how much they envied my “freedom.” But now as I grow older, being alone has serious drawbacks. It allows for freedom but not ease and comfort. So, I’ve learned to navigate life’s challenges that bring solo agers down. But It’s up to us to get up, dust off, and learn how best to care for ourselves without the assistance of a spouse, partner or adult child.
Today’s tip: Understand your deficiencies about health, support, home and money. Know where you fall short, and where you need to grow. This requires determination and a sincere desire for self knowledge. It also demands mental and emotional preparation, and gutsy courage.
When you feel the burn, try to remember "Your Why"… It's what motivates you to stay healthy and connected. The “Why you care!” For me, my why is, “I have no one to rely on but MYSELF. And everything about growing older falls on me.” I helped both my parents and I saw exactly what aging does to the body and mind.
In the upcoming book, Solo and Smart, I talk about planning for the Big Four: health, home, support, and money. These are the same tough challenges faced by my parents. Follow me on Twitter @Carebuzz @CarolMarak.com on FB and Carol Marak on LinkedIn Website: https://carolmarak.com/index.html