Originally Posted by Loki
I think the inverse is true. As you grow older, life becomes more dull. But I guess it depends on your childhood.
My life at 49 is much less dull than it's been in the past. I think one's life is as dull as they choose it to be. It seems easirer to choose a non-dull life at 49 than earlier on in my life.
Originally Posted by Vegan Joe
It is all about perception. Happiness is a personal choice.
I highly agree with this.
I think that overall life has gotten easier as I've gotten older, but in all actually some parts get easier and some parts get more difficult as life goes on.
I think that the decisions you make earlier in your life determine whether life gets easier or harder as you get older. For example if you are able to purchase a house when you are younger or rent an rent controlled apartment that will suit you for your life then your housing expenses get easier as you grow older because you've fixed those costs. This means you can have fewer money worries and more free cash for other things in your life.
Your family of origin also has a great deal to do with whether life gets easier or harder. Depending on your family's socio-economic standing you may have a hard time as a child and young adult, but then by improving that for one's self have an easier time later in life. Or the reverse can be true, if you grow up in a family of plenty that doesn't plan on continuing their contribution to your life entering adulthood can be quite shocking and difficult.
So for me, life is easier in that I have more freedom now that my kids are out of the house. But at the same time my health issues concern me more and my mortality is more apparent to me than it was before.