Turning 50 was the pits! It felt like my life was on a downhill slide I couldn’t stop. I was simply unable to face the fact that I had reached 50 years old — I still thought of myself as 30-something.
A lot of that thinking was instilled in me from childhood. My parents held the belief that reaching 40 meant being over the hill.
It was so painful for me that I made my daughter promise not to say my age out loud!
It’s funny now, but it sure wasn’t amusing at the time.
Thankfully, the fog eventually started to lift and I came to my senses. I knew I needed to see things from an entirely different perspective if I wanted to remain happy and fulfilled.
It finally became crystal clear to me that life is far from done when you reach 50. I sincerely believe that the second half of life can actually be the BEST.
When it comes to well-being, on a scale of 1-10, as people age, our well-being quotient rises with our age, climbing to its highest levels when we reach our 80s and 90s, according to Nielsen. Dilip Jeste, director of the UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging and senior author of the study states that “people who were in older life were happier, more satisfied, less depressed, had less anxiety and less perceived stress than younger respondents.”
Think about it — by the time you’ve been on this planet 50 years, you have the benefit of understanding, knowledge and experience you couldn’t possibly have gained without walking through fire, probably dozens of times, figuratively speaking.
You know a lot. Over time, you store a lot of stuff in that brain of yours and you draw on it whenever you need it.
Not only that, but you tend to grow more curious about everything. Your mind never stops, you read more and you continue to explore life’s wonders.
You have hit your stride!
The Power of You
“Go after your dream no matter how unattainable others think it is.” –John Assaraf
In my own personal journey, this stage of life is all about believing in myself, being and doing whatever the heck I want to be and do. It’s my time, not anyone else’s.
And the same is true for you. The advanced version of you is so much wiser and better able to make decisions than the former you. You get it.
It is possible to turn the second half of life into the most rewarding, impactful years of your life. It’s your time to use your power to create the special, sacred life you want.
Obstacles!? Well, guess what? You can learn how to overcome any obstacle — you have that power.
Your mind is NOT like concrete, no matter what the age. You can continue to grow your brain’s capacity to create, learn and to solve problems.
That means you CAN change and grow your brain. You CAN create new neural patterns.
There are so many ways you can grow and evolve to fully become yourself. This is what we will explore here on this site. So jump in… arms wide open!