As women (and men) over 50 we have an opportunity for a new beginning every day that we wake up independent and free. Our health may be declining, but even with the medications we may be taking or treatments we must endure, or those of us who are in good health, we all have the same opportunity to begin a new each and every day. It may require more effort for some than others, but it worth it to live a full life and do the things we want to do.
Retirement is time for new beginnings. When we retire, many of us have dreams that we put off until we retire. Many dream of traveling. We may dream of traveling with our spouse or partner. However, that dream may face some adjustments if our spouse or partner is not able to travel due to illness or death. The adjustments we should consider making is to keep that dream alive and travel as we are able. Even if we travel alone or with a travel group or with another family member or friend, we should not give up the dream of travel.
Other dreams may include learning another language, finishing a degree, moving closer to grandchildren, writing a novel, taking cooking lessons, join a club (hiking, cooking, gaming, traveling, book, etc.) Never give up on your dreams, just be prepared to make adjustments as needed. You may have to do things a different way than you planned, but you can still do it.
If Jesus the Christ, allowed himself to be tortured, put to death, and buried, only to rise again from the grave in order to provide us the opportunity of eternal life, then our life must be important. If it is important then we should not waste it. Every day that we wake up is a new day full of opportunities to do wonderful things and to fulfill our dreams.
There are many stories of people who start new adventures in their 50s, 60s, 70s, and beyond.
Need examples? Here you go!
- Marjorie Newlin: Started working out at the gym for the first time at age 72 and is now a body builder at age 86
- Gale McMahon started bodybuilding at age 65 years old,
- Ernestine Shepherd began at 56 years old and is still going strong at age 81 (wins competitions, also),
- Iris Davis is a bodybuilder at age 75 years old.
- Ruth: 72 year old who is a lifer solo travelor in a van.
- Mandy Cabot, age 64; Jessica Rosenblum, age 52; Debera Johnson, age 63; Robin Lail, age 78; all started businesses after age 50, 60, 70...
YOU can WIN! If you just don't give up and you pursue your dreams. Even when our health slows us down, as long as we are alive and breathing, we can accomplish great things. YOU can accomplish great things!
Do you know someone who started their life over after the age of 50? Did you? Do you know someone who started a new goal or fulfilled a dream after the age of 50? Did you? Please share any stories you may have.