Becoming older often fills people with dread.
Each new decade brings with it a marker on the road away from youth, but each milestone also brings with it new opportunities too.
On our journey through life we will have seen and experienced many different challenges.
And as such, nothing is likely to fill us with the same concern, panic or apprehension that may well have happened in years gone by.
We have gained the life experience and sophistication to deal with things in a more confident, relaxed and appropriate way.
I often talk about an older colleague I once knew who was invited to join the young lads from the office for a game of football.
They raced up and down the pitch, whilst he simply looked from side to side, moved in, took possession of the ball and scored a goal, over and over again.
His experience was far more valuable than their ill-directed energy and enthusiasm.
When you combine the two ingredients of older experience and younger energy and enthusiasm then you have a dynamic recipe for success.
Getting older can be just like a good wine.
As it matures it mellows and becomes smooth and very palatable.
We, as we get older have the life skills and more philosophical approach not yet achieved by a younger person.
We can weigh things up without the need to panic, knowing that things tend to turn out okay in the end.
We have been there and done it all before.
We can take a training course and choose not to take the exams unless we want to.
We can do things for their own sake, out of interest.
There will often not be the same issues about childcare, career progression, mortgages.
Or the same anxieties about how we look, what size we are, how much we weigh.
One of the important things to appreciate as we get older is that we do not have to race around, trying to cram as much as possible into each busy day.
Often older people have the luxury of time.
Time that can be spent tending the garden or visiting an art gallery or a stately home.
It can also be spent doing the things that we wanted to do when we were too busy with young children, career, heavy bills to pay.
Appreciate the opportunities that this situation brings.
They are a gift to be enjoyed and relished.
So why not book that trip to Nepal or take up wind surfing or long distance cycling.
Many groups have been set up to support older people and the many various interests and opportunities that they wish to pursue.
Maintaining fitness is an important area to invest in and many groups provide timetables for single people or couples to go walking, join classes or pursue more energetic activities, like hill walking, hiking, assorted water sports.
Then there are many different discussion, educational and hobby groups.
Making the effort to join in with what is available can bring valuable rewards; friends, interests, exercise and motivation.
The truth is, as we get older we can look at the important things in life and appreciate them.
We have the maturity and confidence to see beyond a person's appearance, clothes, status and appreciate their spiritual depth or their life experiences and value them.
We may hear someone's story and be more empathic about it, being able to relate to what is being said.
We can give sound advice and counsel based on our own personal experiences.
We can share our wisdom and provide support and guidance to others.
This wisdom and confidence can be directed to support young people through advice or mentoring and help them to enhance their skills and achieve their goals.
When that happens both ends of the life experience spectrum can combine to make the most of their particular qualities and strengths.