50 Years Old And Lost In Life!
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~C.S. Lewis
Many people feel that it is actually quite funky to be fifty, but also many other people of this age feel overwhelmed, underappreciated, have lost jobs, and or relationships and are feeling a bit lost in life. While there is still breath in your lungs, it is never too late to do anything you want to do. There are still many choices, so, you can choose fear and hide from life, or take a deep breath and see these circumstances as a new beginning.
It is never too late to awaken to the opportunity to restructure your life. You are still able to go back to the drawing board and create the life you have always wanted. “Too late” is simply one of those negative thoughts that gets hold of our minds, and leads us to believe that there is nothing worthwhile ahead of us. “Better late than never” is a much better concept, it is one of the truest sentiments ever expressed.
This is the time to go back to the drawing board, write a journal and make a list of meaning, purpose, and passion. It is the time to get creative, start a business making cupcakes, or take a job just because it is social, then focus on passion goals after the 9-5 gig. It is not too late to take up new a hobby, make an apology, or come clean about something of concern. All things happen for a reason, and things happen when they are meant to happen, but they also need a little help from their friends – namely you!
Many of us are late developers or procrastinators, this is just the way that we are hard-wired. At this time of life we generally have experience, and have reached the age where we place value on quality of life rather than quantity. There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking the long way around, and there are some excellent reasons why.
Reasonable ambitions are never impossible to achieve, but the biggest obstacle to achieving these is convincing ourselves that we “can’t”. How about think the opposite? That we can! We can do it just for the fun of it, and we should certainly do things for fun regularly. Maybe you always wanted to visit Macchu Picchu – well now is the time to start saving.
There is no such thing as expiry dates, and therefore no rules that state certain things must take place at certain stages of life. Life doesn’t stop at 50, 60, 70 and beyond as long as one still draws breath. Travelling, starting a business, volunteering, new hobbies, or buying a Harley and riding what is left of Route 66. All these things and more are easily achievable at any age.
What other people think simply does not matter. Anyone who has seen Robert Redford, and Nick Nolte in “A Walk in the Woods”, should realise this. Wear what you like, do what you like as long as it makes you happy, this is the most important thing. Other peoples’ opinions about age- appropriateness really don’t count. People who have opinions on what you think and do, are generally secretly wishing that they had the courage to do the same. We live in a very different world today, and the concept of what age means has changed dramatically too.