You made it to half a century. Now, you’re over 50. How’s life going for you? Hopefully, you’re basking in not feeling your age.
If so, you may be suffering from the “I’m 30 again” delusion? If you like the taste of that kool-aid, keep sipping it.
Besides, what does 50 feel like? The answer to that is as varied as the people who are 50 and over.
The Glorious 40s
When you hit your 30s, youth was only a decade away. You felt comfortable that you had almost two decades before you turned 50.
Then, 40 came and shortened your timeframe. If you hadn’t accomplished what you wanted to accomplish, you set new goals to do it before the next decade.
AARP reminds you that you’re getting close to the magical age by sending you a snail-mailed invitation and unsolicited emails to join the 50+ club. They work hard to reassure you that you’ll still be useful. Plus, their membership benefits are hard to resist.
However, life happened and time passed you by. Hopefully, you enjoyed every moment. If not, there’s always the next decade to strive toward.
Celebrate, Reflect, and/or Activate
Whether you danced the night away or spent the day moping, you’ve reached a milestone. You can’t turn back the hands of time.
Your future depends on your present. Are you going to celebrate each moment in your life or will you spend your time reflecting on the past? It’s up to you.
Dealing with Unfortunate Events
Since you made it this far, consider yourself a survivor. You’ve accumulated decades of experience making you a seasoned veteran in this thing called life.
Then, you’re life’s disrupted. Now, you’re faced with charting new territory. Things aren’t like they used to be, and you’re considered old by some. What do you do?
Look to your support system for advice. Family and friends are great resources. However, if you don’t have a support system, it’s time to make the internet your new friend. You must focus on what you need to do to deal with your new circumstances. Now would be a great time to activate that AARP membership if you hadn’t already.
Going from Obsolete to Refurbished
You may feel somewhat obsolete. However, there’s hope for you. As you navigate through your new world, take the time to evaluate what’s important to you.
Did you ever create a “bucket list”? I know the definition is borderline depressing. It’s best to see it as your to-do list. If you don’t have one, create one. Analyze what’s doable and take the steps to accomplish it.
How’s your health? When did you get your last checkup? Are you eating healthy? Do you exercise? You need to provide answers to these questions. They’ll assist you in ridding any feelings of being obsolete.
After you’ve assessed your current circumstances and crafted an action plan, you’re on your way to becoming new and improved.
Don’t skate past the mirror to avoid looking at yourself. Take a moment to look at yourself in the mirror. Embrace what you can’t change and change what you can change.
Your actions will ignite the renovation of you. You’ll be refurbished and like new.
Embracing Over 50
They say life is what you make of it. Being over 50 is a milestone to be proud of. While age is only a number, sometimes time isn’t so kind to our bodies and minds. However, the key to survival is making the best out of any situation. Most importantly, love yourself and don’t let anyone make you feel unworthy of the good things in life. You deserve happiness and longevity.