From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

March 13

Life begins at 70! I thought being 60 was incredible, but being 70 is almost incomprehensible. I can relax. People don’t generally expect as much of me.

When I was in my sixties, people expected me to retire to a rocking chair on the front porch of a condo. I didn’t feel guilty when failing to meet their expectations. Now, I am considering retirement, but nobody asks me about it anymore.

By the time you are 70, your kids are old enough to recognize that you did the best you could as a parent and no longer hold you responsible for their problems.

Being 70 also gives me more perspective. I’ve learned not to sweat the small stuff. It’s all small stuff. Life is very precious, and it shouldn’t be wasted on hate, bitterness or holding grudges. I am convinced that doing good will keep my heart and mind strong and vibrant.

I do not know what the rest of my life will bring, but I am setting goals and planning for it to be a great adventure.

Paul J. Meyer

Think of life as a great adventure
and never stop setting goals.

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