Being over 60 is not the beginning of the end
Turning 60 is the beginning of the rest of your life. The best is yet to come.
Life doesn’t end when you reach 60.
Just like it didn’t when you reached the last milestone birthday.
Two things happened recently that brought me up short and gave me a much-needed kick up the backside. They reminded me that being over 50 is not the beginning of the end.
OK. Three things.
- I bought a book
- A close family member died suddenly
- I had a milestone birthday
I bought a book. So what?
Buying a book is not unusual for me. Reading a good book is one of life’s greatest pleasures. But I don’t only read novels and fiction.
I read lots of books. And I’m rather fond of so-called ‘self-help’ books, although most of them are forgotten as soon as I put them down.
The book I bought recently is The 1% Rule: How to Fall in Love With the Process and Achieve Your Wildest Dreams by Tommy Baker.
Now, like most of us, you’ll have been on numerous work-related courses over the years, all aimed at helping you be more productive—a better team player.
Get you to focus on ‘us’ not ‘I’ – there’s no ‘I’ in team!
Been to the seminar, read the book, worn the t-shirt.
Then when you’re back in the real world and everyday things take over, the good intentions fall away, and things get back to normal.
Well, this book is the one that I will treat differently.
And here’s why.
A close family member died suddenly
Hopefully, you find my posts on health, particularly for anyone approaching their mid-life, helpful. As I outlined in this post, looking after your health is always important.
There’s no more pointed a reminder of the fragility of life than losing someone close.
My brother-in-law died on valentines day.
It was sudden, and it was devastating to our family. He was 69 years old and recently retired with so much to look forward to.
It seemed senseless and brutal and it left us bereft.
I had a milestone birthday
There’s nothing like a milestone birthday to remind you of your own mortality.
As morbid as that may sound it’s true.
At each milestone, 40, 45, 50 etc., you begin to realise that there are fewer years in front of you than behind.
It’s just a fact of life.
But did you know that there are currently more women aged 60 to 64 in work than not?
So clearly, not all of us see this stage of life as a time to sit back and begin to look after the grandchildren.
Of course there are things to consider behind such statistics. The reasons why people continue to work into their 60s are many and varied.
Things happen in 3’s
The 1% Rule includes a section covering the shortness of life.
This section’s inclusion is to illustrate that procrastination and to sit on the sidelines while others appear to be taking the spoils of success is a choice we make.
Tommy Baker presents an extract from a text by Seneca the Younger.
You live as if you were destined to live forever, no thought of your frailty ever enters your head, of how much time has already gone by, you take no heed. You squander time as if you drew from a full and abundant supply, though all the while that day which you bestow on some person or thing is perhaps your last.
As depressing as you probably find that quote it’s food for thought
So, briefly back to my 3 wake up moments.
The sudden death of someone I love, and
My milestone birthday, all coming together in a kind of perfect storm of signposts.
Signs reminding me of what I already know.
Time isn’t infinite, and I have things I want to do. It’s time to get on with those things regardless of the date on my birth certificate.
And it’s time to start to make the best use of the skills I have.
And just like you, I have very many skills that I’ve developed over the years, and I don’t intend to let them go to waste.
Isn’t it time you started to make the most of the skills you’ve developed over the years?
Don’t wait for another new year to tick by before deciding to get on with the things you want and are uniquely able to do.
Time is a gift so why put things off to another day?
What’s stopping you from making a few changes to get fit? Put your healthy eating plan in place? Start to learn a new language?
Whatever it is you’ve been promising yourself you’ll do ‘one day’.
Maybe you want to start your own business?
Set up a not-for-profit scheme locally to help the people in your community.
Today, being a woman with the wisdom, competence, calmness, and skills developed over the years of learning, raising a family and working outside and/or inside the home all contribute to who you are.
All those experiences makes you unique and more than capable of doing whatever you set your mind to.
Being over 60 is not the beginning of the end Unless you want it to be
Being over 60 is not the start of the end of your life.
You have more freedom now than ever before. No children to care for or distract you from your focus.
The changes that come with being past your 40’s and even your 50’s gives you back time. The time you can now spend on achieving the things that matter to you.
Taking care of your health and staying active and inquisitive will all help you to have a fulfilled life.
That’s why I put information here to help you move forward with your own dreams
Information that will help make sure you’re not spinning your wheels in analysis paralysis I do lots of research on many things.
That’s what my website is all about. Presenting information to help you.
Make the most of your life and your gifts.
Retiring from paid employment is not about retiring from life.
If you’re financially able to leave employment, that’s a great opportunity to grasp life by the throat and shake it.
Life really is too short to waste any of it.
That’s not to say you should put your own needs front and centre all the time.
Life doesn’t allow us to do that.
But why should being over 60 be the end of living your own life?
Make it your starting point and get on with the things you’ve been dreaming of doing.