January 22nd, 2011

Rediscovering You for Women Over 50

Women over 50 are at an exciting time of our lives. Or at least, if we choose to, we can make our 50s and beyond, our second lives, even better than our first ones!

Of course, it’s tempting to take a break once you’re over 50. If you have children, chances are you’ve raised them by now and they’re gone or getting ready to leave for their own lives. You’ve been working at your career, whether in your home or outside of if, for a good long while now.

And let’s not forget all of the changes we women over 50 have seen in our lifetimes! We remember seeing a human stand on the moon, but we also remember the days when, at best, we could hope to be nurses or elementary school teachers. We also remember telephones that were attached to the wall, buying cars without even looking at how many miles per gallon they used, and pictures of computers that took up whole rooms.

The fact is that we created a lot of those changes, too. With all of that behind us, what should women over 50 do now?

Whatever you want to do. As I hit my 50s, I took stock of my life. My stepson was grown and on his own. I’d tried many different kinds of work, mostly corporate work, and I knew I didn’t want to do that anymore.

But I also knew that age 50 is just too young to start slowing down and retiring from life! So I started my own business and managing the finances. Now I get to make my own hours, help other people, and generate and manage the wealth that will fund my retirement!

So how did I rediscover myself? I did what I suggest you do. Give yourself some time to daydream on paper. Remember the things you wanted to do when you were young? The things that you used to daydream all the time about? Those are the things I want you to list and write about now.

Don’t let the fact that you’re over 50 stop you from writing down a single one of those old dreams.

Next, take a look at what you’ve written. Do any of those old dreams make your heart speed up now? Or has writing them down led you to brainstorming alternatives that are just as good and exciting?

Great! You have a list of the dreams you can pursue now that you’re over 50!

Women over 50 have spent a lot of our years taking care of responsibilities and other people. Now that we’re over 50, though, it’s time to think about what we want to do with our second lives—and start putting those desires into action.

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