If stereotypes exist for a reason, then there’s an explanation for why younger folks say that older people don’t listen, don’t change, and always believe they know what’s best. I tend to agree. I’ve seen that in my family, in church, even from strangers I converse with.
We become like kids in some ways that are unavoidable, like needing help using the bathroom or needing someone to explain new technology to us. Yet, there are avoidable traits that many people take on with age, such as pride and a fear of the unknown.
While we certainly don’t have to become like our parents, we don’t have to become like children either. No matter how old you are, having a teachable spirit is an invitation for God to work in your life. Our knowledge is finite, so there’s always something to learn. And if we’re forever sinners, then there’s always some way we can grow. No matter your age.
The more mindful we are, the better we can curb the sinful tendencies that come with time. Here are some bad habits we should all be aware of as we grow older.
1. Impulse Control
As children, when we wanted something, we wanted it then and now. Some of the older generations have a much easier time saying no to ice cream, but not necessarily with situations like sharing their point of view. I’ve seen and experienced the angst that comes with being asked for an opinion and then not being allowed to speak. Instead of offering my perspective, I’m relegated to listening. I’ve had to force my perspective and, at times, have had to call the older person out, which they excused, saying, “I didn’t want to forget what I had to say.”
Similarly, some older folks give unsolicited advice and don’t care for your take one way or another. This can be both annoying and funny because, to some measure, we all do this. I certainly attest to giving unsolicited advice and talking over people.