Even though folks further an ageist agenda that can get block those over 50 when it comes to employment opportunities, there is a way to, in a sense, game the system. If you are over 50 you very likely have a perspective that is useful to the young up and coming individuals who are getting the positions that you can’t because your hair has started graying.
What then is the secret to making being of AARP age work for you? First off we have to make clear that no matter how much you dye your hair, or get get skin regiments or even pursue plastic surgery, others are going to know you are in your 50’s, 60’s, 70’s or even 80’s.
So the best way possibly to game the system is to accept your age and get out there to fight against age discrimination. It is a cause that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. So go out there and shout about the problems of getting older and the dignity you expect. Make those signs or big signs and walk the streets or even start a blog about the right to go gray.
Living happily ever after is very doable. Like anything, you just have to put some effort into it. Depending on whether or not you have reached retirement involves slightly different scenarios. If you are still working, your aspiration can initially take the form of being a “side hustle.” This gives you a preview of what you are going to do after you step into your new vista.
Or maybe you are already retired. This is the perfect time to put your goals into the cross hairs of focus, preceding with confidence. And if you fall, don’t forget that getting up and going at it again is most important. If you have an objective that involves making a difference in your community you might want to touch based with the nice folks at Platinum PIAs, who for 10 straight years recognized those making a difference in their community.
The important thing is to get support if you can, whether it be from your spouse or an awards show or a nonprofit and so forth. Getting help will assist you in achieving what you have planned. Now’s the time!
This is going to be a very short post, but we hope it is a helpful one! You see, when you turn age 50 you are at the start of a whole new chapter in your life, one that can sometimes include the realization of a dream you once had but never possessed the time you needed to pursue it.
You Deserve It!
Now we are all in “different boats” so to speak regarding how much free time we really have to pursue our dream. Some of us have been saving for our retirement and others of us have not. Regardless, being over 50 signals a fresh beginning and even if you are still working at a job or even your own entrepreneurial one, you deserve to begin to do the thing you always wanted to do.
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All of us over 50 have likely thought at one time or another about the aging process and how it isn’t always very fun. In fact as a very famous celebrity once said “There’s nothing fun about growing old.” If you are over 50 you are likely familiar with the new pains, tiredness and unhappiness with how your skin is changing, the gray is coming out in your hair and the realization you are not going to live forever.
Of course there are those over 50 who say that they are no having the best time of their life. Lucky people these, but they are few and far between. And who believes them anyway? Most of those who are over 50 and trying to push forward a persona of being over 50 and loving it, are likely in denial and if he or she were ever to actually facing aging could snap.
And then there are those of us who are still in our 50s who know that aging sucks plain and simple. The body falls apart and the thoughts get darker. We’re not saying that there are not people out there who are over 50 and who are actually enjoying aging, but if such an animal does exist, we haven’t seen it yet. Maybe we should go to the the zoo more often.
I’ve had a lot of people tell me that they’re happy to be older. This has never sat right with me. Happy to be older? Whaaat? I know there’s the getting wiser thing. But then there’s that loss of memory thing. So what good is it being wiser if you can’t remember your wisdom?
I’ve mentioned this a lot of times. There’s that famous phrase: age is just a number. Again. Whaaat? I feel like I’m 70 and I’m only in the upper 50’s. Enough said.
“He/she looks good for her age” is a proclamation that makes me roll my eyes. It makes me think that the rest of us look ancient. Thanks.
What have we learned here? Aging sucks. Though, getting close to the “60” numeral I am comforted by the saying “60 is the new 50.” Kidding.
If you are over 50 chances are you’ve heard the phrase “Age is just a number.” Meaning I suppose that just because you are over 50 you do not have to think like you are.
So what do you do to think young? Yoga? Eat healthy? Date someone who’s 30?
Setting the Record Straight
Well folks, I’m here to set the record straight. If you are over 50, you ARE over 50. Not sure. Listen to your body. Hard to keep the weight off now? Over 50. Memory loss starting? Over 50. Aches and pains? Over 50. Being looked at differently? Over 50. Trying to convince yourself that age is just a number? Over 50.
You can still feel boxed in even if you don’t have COVID-19. These are especially scary times for those over 50. Even those in their mid 50’s are dangerously close to the demographic for which the virus can be deadly.
For those over 50 finding solutions is challenging. Just getting the very basic necessities is a mountain to climb. Where are the resources? Where is the help? Starting at age 65 there is a clear path to assistance, but mid 50’s not so lucky.
Physically we are in danger yet those of us in our early to mid 50’s simply do not have access to a means of taking care of themselves unless they are wealthy. It is as though society has forgotten the over 50 and pre 65 age group. To follow the journey of seeking assistance for someone in this group, check out the blog/website Manhattan Coronavirus.
It is an exciting time being over fifty and finally having the opportunity to focus on what you really want to do: creativity. People of course are creative in different ways. You may have noticed that you have a certain talent for some things but have never been able to put it to the test.
Consider Becoming an ArtisticPreneur
If you have something artistic you are pursuing you may be interested in becoming an artisticpreneur. This means combining your creative talents with your aptitude to be an entrepreneur. This may be a daunting task for some, but if you’ve watched shows like “Shark Tank” you know that it is possible to achieve your dreams with hard work and the right focus.
Be Driven by Feeling as Well as Logic
This truly is a time to pursue what you really want to do and be. You may be hard on yourself and thinking you don’t have the talent or resources to do you wish. Well, if the thing you want to do touches you emotionally in a positive way, then you will be able to become that thing because you will be driven to do so.
If you have spent the day going after your dream you may find yourself tired but it will be the right kind of tired. And remember that things, especially technology, are changing all the time and you can be flexible with that. Another way to get flexible is to enroll in Yoga. This is a lot more fun for most than going to the gym and can be a part of your healthy lifestyle.
Don’t Be Afraid
Find a secure place for yourself and then go out and do it. Pursue the dream. If you worry that you are just winging it with no rhyme or reason, remember that ultimately everyone is just winging it, though some do so with more confidence. And don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes so when you make one just pick yourself up and continue on your way.
Do it right. And you know what is the right kind of doing and what is the wrong. By the same token, everything you do does not have to be perfect. Allow yourself to be a work in progress. Doing what you love may be something that puts you in a leadership position. So remember to feel inspired and inspire others to feel this way also. And finally, the Platinum PIAs Awards Show is now accepting nominees. If you know someone who is making a difference, please submit them.
Okay, so you’re over 50. What now? Sure you could join AARP (and they’ve probably already started mailing you info) but what is really going to help? Diet. Yes of course diet but it isn’t always easy. Then there is, needless to say, exercise. But that’s tough too. How about more success? Sure, why not, you can learn from NYC Create. But we’re treating the system and not the cause.
A Possible Solution
So what’s someone to do who doesn’t want to really change their diet and would prefer not to take on an entire exercise regiment? Maybe ease in slowly with Yoga. Yes you heard us correctly: Yoga.
Do You Have a Yoga Studio Near You?
If you have access to a studio where Yoga is taught, consider taking a class, especially one designed for the beginner and/or “older” person. Worried it’s going to break the bank because you just bought an apartment in the city? Later on we have a suggestion for doing Yoga that won’t cost you anything.
A Commercial for Yoga
Yoga can do some wonderful things for you because it deals not just with the body but also with the mind. Wellness is more than just keeping one in shape. It has to do with health throughout your mind, body and spirit. It can be a respite from the pressures of working toward achieving success. But when it comes to “Mind, Body and Spirit” don’t get stuck on the word “spirit” as a reason for not trying Yoga.
You Don’t Have to Be Religious or Spiritual to Do Yoga
Spirit, like G-O-D, can simply be the acronym for Good Orderly Direction! When you stretch and find peace, other positive things can follow!
Angry Yoga Teachers?
But yes, what you’ve heard about secretly passive aggressive and angry Yoga teachers is true. Many of them have much that they need to mend in their own lives. But that is one of the reasons they are engaged in the practice.
Get a Stronger Result
Do Yoga for yourself and try not to be too judgemental about others in the process. This will lead to a much stronger result and win for you.
Yoga as a Way to Cope
Yoga is often looked at as a journey of self discovery. And if you’re now over 50 it is better to be on that kind of journey than one of denial. Your body is changing, perhaps the amount of doctors you go to for aches and pains is increasing? And this will likely just continue to grow the older you get. But Yoga can be a big help in coping with this.
YouTube is Yoga’s Friend
Don’t have a studio near you where you can learn Yoga or worried about the constant expense of classes? Consider following Yogis on YouTube and other such services. That’s right, do your Yoga regiment in that nice city apartment you just bought. Doing Yoga on your own takes a lot of motivation, but you can make it work. Discover within yourself what it is going to take for you to commit to doing “beginning Yoga for an aging person.” Again, the more you embrace “what is,” the faster you’ll get over that hump.
Change Can Be Good
Look, you can pretend that life begins at 50, and maybe you can convince yourself of that. But remember those angry Yoga teachers, denial is not the recommended road. Though, don’t think that life ends at 50 either. What happens is a process of CHANGE.
Start Your Journey TODAY!
Your body is changing so focus on your mind expanding. Your mind is going also of course, with you likely becoming more forgetful and such things, but this is all the more reason to do Yoga in conjunction with something that keeps your mind sharp. The suggestion is to use YouTube to find a Yoga Teacher who right for you, right now! Hey, there’s no time like the present. So best of luck to you and Namaste.
Being over 50 years of age can be a very creative time in your life as seen on the Platinum Pias website featuring the Stamas Bros as well as on the Stamas Bros site itself . Hopefully at this stage you do not have as many stressors to deal with as before, and now you can focus on your favorite art form. This could be performing or visual arts or even creating websites! That’s right, either planning or making websites can be very creative.
What Makes You Laugh?!
Case in point is the Stamas Bros website. The brainchild of two brothers who are over 50, it is an offbeat look at life after 50. Not every episode follows this theme, but the most recent one does as seen here. Be warned that this site is only for those with unusual and even “weird” senses of humour.
A website can be a great way to organize your thoughts and create your “own world” online. A fun aspect about websites is that you can continue to grow them over the years. They can be ever evolving and reflective of what you’re interested in or your small business that you have started in your second act.
Have you always known you were creative but never quite had the forum in which to explore this? Websites in and of themselves can be a creative art form. As your site evolves so can your number of visitors if you employ digital or online marketing. There are a lot of DIYdigi (Do It Yourself DIGItal) approaches available which you can find if you look for them.
Develop Your Own Site?
And because of the ever expanding options for creating a website it is very doable to implement yours by yourself. Some people, especially those who are somewhat technical when it comes to computers, prefer to develop their own site. The Stamas Bros created their website and help others with theirs, such as the earlier mentioned Platinum PIAs.
Build Your Audience
While others still opt for having the website and the marketing done for them by organizations such as NYC Create. Having professionals do your site is especially important if you have a business and are using your website to build an audience.
Regardless of what direction you plan to go when creating your site, remember to have fun doing it. Sometimes technical challenges come into play, even with professionals. But if you persist and try to think outside of the box, a solution is just a creative thought away.