Your 50th birthday is a major milestone, or just another day in this adventure of life. So what does this mean exactly? Should you start dressing differently, reading more books or sign up for a travel magazine? No, but there are some things you should consider:
Life happens; family, career and the mundane tasks that seem to take up all of our time like grocery shopping, laundry or the handy work around the house. There is always something to do and some things that we never get around to doing because we are so busy. But if you don’t plan for a trip now, when will you ever? Schedule an hour to yourself for later next week and start thinking about that trip that you’ve always wanted to take and how to make it happen.
What’s the best time of year to travel? How much can you budget? And most importantly, what is the destination that you’ve always wanted to explore? It could be a sandy beach in Asia or a museum in Europe or something simpler like a getaway to Las Vegas or Miami. By the time that meeting you’ve scheduled with yourself happens, you should have an idea of how much time and money to work with and which destinations to consider. Remember, you’ve turned the corner on 50 years and you deserve to treat yourself, book it!
You don’t need to sign up for a Triathlon or start your quest to play a professional sport. But it is important to do something, and regularly keep yourself accountable for your health and fitness. So sign up for a local adult sports league or a yoga class or find a friend to join you for a morning run or a scheduled weekly time at the gym. It doesn’t have to be competitive or overly serious, but remember to do something and stick to it. You’ll thank yourself and feel great for taking healthy steps.
There are so many things to be grateful for, and yes, some things didn’t go your way and surely there are regrets or opportunities missed. But more important is to reflect on the good times and memories shared with the friends and family that were there along the way to 50 glorious years of life. Make a gratitude list including 10 items; they could be anything like health, fitness, family members, jobs, friends, life accomplishments or something that comes to mind as your pen hits the paper. Then, sit back and smile because there are so many things to be happy about. Surely, this list will change over time and new sources of gratitude will come but having completed this simple task will surely be worth the time and effort.
Plan for the next 50 years
Okay, 50 years might be optimistic, you are on the back 9 now and the average life expectancy is about 78 years in the US. But this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be proactive and make sure all of your affairs are in order. Make sure to write out your legacy, save your memories and have arrangements in place so your loved ones are prepared for when the time comes. You can use our digital platform, www.lastwish.com or something more formal like an estate attorney or a legalized will service. But make sure this happens now. We’ve all known someone who has passed away and it’s usually a case where family members have to scramble to navigate arrangements, both financially and personally as they look for a lasting memory or think about the legacy that person left behind.
Just because you’re 50 doesn’t mean you can’t make funny jokes or do something spontaneous like sneaking away for some ice cream or a random show on a Tuesday night. Live life and do things that make you happy and keep you and the ones around you on your toes. You’ll be surprised at how much fun life can be if you live for the day and go for it!