Enjoying your life at any age is the goal but turning 50 years old is a real milestone, especially when you consider that it’s a half a century. Some choose to celebrate their 50th birthday with a big birthday bash or some other special event to remember. Others find it all a bit depressing and would rather let the day go by with the less fuss the better.
They may dwell on the fact that they really are aging and are getting more concerned about the future including if and when they will ever be able to retire. Also what their financial situation will allow in the coming years. There is also growing concern about looking and feeling older, aging skin and other normal changes that comes with the passing years. Whatever your feelings are about aging you can’t stop time, but you can choose what you want to do with it. You can take more control over how you’ll live, whether it’s in your 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond after all it’s your choice to make so choose wisely.
Will you celebrate your life or not?
Just because you become one of the many over 50s it’s not the end of the world, and it’s certainly not the end of your life. It’s just a new chapter for you, an opportunity of new beginnings. As before you are still the main character in this next phase too, You’re wiser and smarter, you get to choose how you want to write this new chapter. Will it be dull and boring or will it be fun, interesting and exciting?
It’s not surprising that a momentous birthday or event has us reflecting more on our past and future. What we have accomplished so far in life, our disappointments, and maybe even a few regrets. We need to consider also where we’ve been, what we’ve done and where we have yet to go. While you reflect on what’s already past, don’t stay and dwell there too long because now it’s now time to contemplate your future and make a conscious choice of what you want your life over 50 to be like. What actions you are going to start taking to make what you want in the next phase of your life a reality.
It’s true-Life is full of ups and downs
As we age having ups and downs in life doesn’t change. Around your 50s to 60’s life can bring lots of change and challenges. With life over 50 and aging in general often come more health challenges, not only for you but for your family and friends too. You are often faced with situation that you haven’t had to deal with before, like your kids leaving home, coming to terms with an empty nest, dealing with aging parents and their issues, kids getting married and possibly becoming a grandparent yourself.
When your over 50 you think more about your retirement years and if you will manage financially. This has become more of a concern with the global economy being in such a mess, with pensions threatened, investments greatly devalued along with the dollar. There is more of an urgency to protect yourself for the future.
Adjusting to physical changes over 50.
There are a number of physical changes that become more apparent too. For most over 50s and even younger the fight against the ravages of age is on. Many begin the search for anti aging products and ideas to help maintain their youth for as long as they can. You notice more lines and wrinkles on your face, your hair may be thinning or for a lot of men gone altogether. Even those with great eyesight start to need reading glasses, your eye site just isn’t as sharp as it used to be. You may find that you need the volume turned up a notch higher as you struggle to hear a bit more. Fitness level and weight may become a bit harder to maintain for a lot of people over 50 too.
It’s not unusual that when you’re over 50, health related issues such as arthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure are also more prevalent. However, it’s important to keep in mind that many of these challenges can be overcome or managed by making some lifestyle changes. Attitude has a lot to do with how we cope with changes in out life, including getting older.
A good positive attitude will make life a lot more pleasant for you and everyone else around you. When challenges do arise some people are so overcome by them that they completely give in to them right away, others will handle them by becoming proactive and make every effort to overcome or improve the situation they find themselves in. Maintaining physical, mental and emotional health as well as your independence well into old age is clearly what you should be striving for.
50 is by no means old so don’t panic!
At 50, 60 or even 70 today, this need not mean your old. When you consider that you could be around for another 30-40 years or so that’s a lot of time to just waste. Rather than just let time dwindle away, use it wisely. Your likely to have a bit more time on your hands at this stage of life. This could be the perfect opportunity to do many of the things that you never got around to earlier.
It’s really in your own best interest to start figuring out and planning at least some of the ways you want to live this next third of your life. Many of the years to come could continue to be very productive. You probably know of people that continue to ski, golf, play in a band, run a business or enjoy traveling to new places and enjoy new experiences way past the expected retirement age. There are those that still continue to experience new things into their 80’s and 90’s. Good for them!.
Take advantage of your opportunities
There are probably lots of great opportunities to still come in your life even if you are over 50. It’s a great time to learn new skills, have you ever wanted to learn more about photography, or maybe learning to paint, I’ll bet there are lots of you that always wanted to be able to play an instrument. Maybe you have travel on your mind, do you want to learn a new language, or keep fit and have fun by taking ballroom dance lessons. You may already have a hobby that you put on hold, now could be a good time to it pick up.
Travel is enjoyed by people of all ages so why not travel to new places, meet new people and enjoy new experiences. At this time in your life it’s time to think more about you and what you really want for yourself. Often people don’t realize until they are older that when it comes down to it, life and happiness is not about possessions, it’s about the people you have in your life, and the experiences that you have. Stuff doesn’t create good memories or relationships, it doesn’t fulfill or inspire you. Remember that it’s the people you enjoy being with and positive experiences that fulfill you. So enjoy your life in your 50s and over, do what you can to create friendships, fun, happy adventures and memories!
Really it’s not all down hill from here!
Of course there are those that will be convinced that once you are over 50 that it’s all going to be all downhill from now on, that the best of life is over but that doesn’t have to be true, unless that’s the way you want it. Of course there are situations where many of us already have or will have health and other issues that get worse over time. However, having a good attitude and not giving in to negative thoughts really can make all the difference in how you experience your life at any age.
Do your utmost to make the best of what you have.
Life is far from over for most. There’s always someone new turning 50. and when you are 60 or 70 you will look back and think boy 50 really was young. Make the most of it now! We can change our minds about things,we can also change our attitude. Are you planning to cultivate a positive attitude on aging or are do plan to have a negative attitude? In the end it’s your choice. you can be miserable about life over 50 or have one of hope, excitement and purpose.
Not everything is within our control
With the constant changes in the economy many are forced to changing their retirement plans. The past years brought about a lot of hardship for a lot of people. Many lost pensions, investments, homes and their jobs. Many seniors are forced to work much longer than they ever intended. Some are finding they have to postpone or trim back on retirement plans. It’s wise to start planning for your retirement at an early age. It’s not always possible but do what you can as soon as you can.
Be careful with your money and have something set aside for that rainy day. Even if things are not what you planned when it comes to your retirement, as disappointing as it is, it’s still important to do what you can with what you have, while you are able. Don’t leave the things you want to do until it’s too late.
Do what you want while you can!
There are many seniors that one day just decide that they don’t want to travel far any longer. It becomes too much of an effort and can be hard work when you get older. If there are activities that you want to participate in, do them while you are able. There is no denying that finances can play a big part in what you are able to do, but as you reach your senior years don’t let finances be an excuse to keep you from doing the things that are possible. Finding new things to do could include, discovering ways to make some extra income too.
If you are already retired, or planning to retire soon you will probably be thinking about retirement differently than someone in their 50s who is still working with a family to support. Even so, for parents in their 50s you’ll probably find that your nest will be empty before you know it, so you still need to think about you, your life and future. There are times in your life when you are more able to do and enjoy some things more than others. Once plagued with arthritis, bad knees or hips or other debilitating conditions life changes. You cannot and should not put everything off until tomorrow.
My Health and Coverage
Needless to say, it is important to maintain your health and with it to have adequate health insurance. The problem is that many companies now have ceased offering retirement health coverage. This is a huge concern for so many people, finding options becomes expensive so it’s important to consider this while you are still young enough.
Making a difference with your life over 50
If you have worked hard and are now considering retiring you may want to think about having some fun and doing things that you really want to do. Use your time to make a difference to your own life and the lives of others. Some retirees have a real problem adjusting to their new life. Many feel that they no longer have purpose in their lives. Also many miss certain aspects of their old work life; especially the interaction with others. Volunteering is very rewarding and fulfilling for many seniors.
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