Reaching 50 feels like a turning point in life and there is often a desire to try new things.
Are you wondering what to do after 50? If you don’t know, grab your journal and get ready to take your life to new dimensions.
What Do You Want to Do
Asking myself what I want to do has become my new method for reaching decisions. As women, our past conditioning has been to do what we need to do to take care of others.
Recently I was trying to make a decision about whether or not to go to a conference for online business owners. I asked myself what I wanted to do.
Immediately I knew that I didn’t want to go and decided not to go.
This isn’t to say that we can shun responsibilities. But for decisions that could go either way, making the decision from what you want to do taps into our higher self where the best decisions are made.
So, decide what to do after 50 by asking yourself what you want to do.
Permission to Do What You Want to Do
Give yourself permission to do what you want to do. Again, as women we were conditioned to please others.
This core conditioning sticks in our subconscious and influences our actions. If there’s ever a time to realize that you can do what you want, after 50 is the time.
Culturally, we may feel that we need to do any of the following for someone other than ourselves:
- Run errands
- Take trips
- Watch TV
- Go to sleep or awake at a certain time
- Dress in a certain way
- Work in a certain job
- Use certain professionals
- Buy from certain businesses
- Take medicines
- Listen to complaining
- Spend too much
- Spend too little
- Live in a certain area
- Do things with old friends
- Eat certain foods
- Drinking alcohol
The list is endless. Everything that you do is a choice, even the things that don’t feel like choices.
Once you realize this, there is a major shift in your life.
While this may sound selfish, eliminating things you don’t want to do but have done your entire life out of expectations frees you to give new areas.
Maybe you want to volunteer to help place foster children, hold newborn drug addicted babies, or launch a charity organization.
The people who love you want you to be happy.
Or maybe you want to influence others in a positive way by writing a book or becoming an influencer over 50.
Or maybe you just want to slow down, take better care of yourself and meditate every day.
To quote Dr. Seuss, “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
New Ideas for Things to Do After 50
There’s really no difference between what you can do after 50 vs immediately before 50. Physical limitations can begin creeping in more after 50, but that just frees your time and energy to do something new.
Here are some ideas what to do after 50 that may inspire you to action:
- Start an online business
- Write a book
- Barre class
- Become a gourmet cook
- A new career
- Learn a new language
- Alter your diet to improve how you feel
- Join a book club
- Start a book club
- Go to local meetups
- Buy real estate rentals
- Take a road trip in an RV
- Join a spiritual group
- Stop drinking
- Travel the world
- Make collages
- Move to the ocean
- Move to the mountains
- Invent a product
- Work more
- Work less
- Work part time
- Work full time
- Grow the best zucchini on the planet
What sounds good to you?
Think Outside the Box
Allow yourself to do something different after 50. The older we get the less we think outside of the box, if we ever have at all.
Thinking outside the box is not the norm in our society. Well–meaning parents and teachers discourage it from a very early age.
Do Something That Scares You
The older we get the easier it is to slink deeper into our comfort zones.
One of the things I said that I would never do was public speaking. In my 50’s, when my business coach pushed me to apply to speak at the Texas Conference for Women and I was accepted, I was delightfully terrified.
It was a great experience. I rode up on the elevator and chatted with the keynote speaker, Brene Brown, which was very exciting.
What to Do After 50 Summary
Hopefully you were so excited to try some new things that you stopped reading and you’ve already begun.
If you’re still with me, spend 5 or 10 minutes journaling about what you may be doing that you really don’t want to do, and what you can do instead.
Then take the first step to do something new and exciting.