Life Is Long: What Should I Do With My Life After 50? - Karen Salmansohn

Life Is Long: What Should I Do With My Life After 50?

Life Is Long: What Should I Do With My Life After 50?
What should I do with my life after 50? Life doesn’t stop at a birthday. You’ve still got a lot to look forward to. Here’s how you can make the best of it.

If you’ve reached 50, you’re in a happy crowd!

Life just gets better and better.

Let’s get into how you can make the most of your life post 50.

What Should I Do With My Life After 50?

1. See the World

Travel is an obvious no-brainer in finding meaning and personal fulfillment. It’s enriching at all ages. Every trip can teach you more about yourself.

Most people assume that only wealthy people can travel. This isn’t true! With the right planning and strategizing, budget travel allows you to explore without breaking the bank.

Life Is Long: What Should I Do With My Life After 50?
For example…

Traveling off-season can be significantly cheaper than traveling during the regular holiday breaks or summer vacation.

Familiarize yourself with comparison shopping when it comes to flights and accommodations. Prices can vary dramatically. A little bit of research can save you hundreds to thousands in cash.

Finally, don’t assume that international travel is the only travel. Chances are, there is plenty to explore in your own state!

2. Volunteer Your Time

Life Is Long: What Should I Do With My Life After 50?
Want to find your happiness and also improve the world at the same time? Volunteering enables you to do exactly that.

Volunteering doesn’t just help other people or causes. It also allows you to connect with your community and become a part of something greater than yourself.

It allows you to give back and make a difference. This is empowering! It’s no wonder that people who volunteer regularly report higher levels of happiness than people who don’t.

Love kids? Consider donating your time at a local children’s hospital. Got a knack for animals? Most shelters are always happy for assistance.

3. Get Another Job

Life Is Long: What Should I Do With My Life After 50?
Life is far too short to feel unfulfilled at work. Too many people remain in jobs they hate due to a false sense of necessity and security.

Guess what? You’re allowed to take a risk! You’re allowed to change your career!

Yes, this is scary, and yes, this will require you leaning into that fear. Change always brings upon some anxieties and levels of uncertainty. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth pursuing.

If you can’t stomach the idea of leaving your career altogether, why not consider picking up a side hustle? 4 in 10 Americans report having one, and side hustles serve numerous purposes.

On the one hand, they can help you boost your savings and achieve important financial goals. However, they can also allow you to pursue a creative talent or hobby.

Love to craft? Consider selling your handmade art online! Love meeting and interacting with others? Consider picking up a few hours doing ride-share services.

4. Take Up a New Hobby

Life Is Long: What Should I Do With My Life After 50?
Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to surf? Or rock climb? Or intricately decorate cakes?

Chances are, you’ve had ‘hobby dreams’ for years. Chances are, you’ve had to put pursuing those hobbies on the backburner. After all, you probably had a career, relationships, and family to juggle!

Now is the perfect time to try out a new hobby. What have you always been interested in? What do you think sounds like a total blast to try?

Don’t worry if you’ll “be good.” Don’t worry about your age. And definitely don’t worry about what others will think!

Hobbies are a fantastic way to boost your happiness and cultivate a sense of purpose. Now go find some awesome rocks to climb!

5. Spend Time With People Who Matter

Life Is Long: What Should I Do With My Life After 50?
We’ve all had those friends. You know, the toxic “friends” who seemingly drain the energy right out of you. Why is it that we devote so much of our time and attention to those leechers?

To find your happiness, you need to find the people who make you happy. Maybe you already have those people in your life. If you don’t, you need to find them.

Loved ones lift each other up. They encourage you to be the best version of yourself. They console you during your hard times, and they celebrate with you during the good times.

Nurture your friendships. Let the people you love know how much you love them. Spend time with them on a routine basis. If physically seeing them isn’t an option, make regular phone or Skype dates. 

Feeling a bit lonely lately? Consider joining a local club, religious organization, or finding a Meetup group near you. If you put yourself out there, the relationships will come.

6. Focus on Gratitude

Life Is Long: What Should I Do With My Life After 50?
No matter where you are in your life, gratitude can help put your world into perspective. It’s easy to get “lost” in the daily grind. Gratitude helps us prioritize what matters.

Commit to devoting a few moments every day to jot down what you’re thankful for.

It doesn’t matter how big or small the item is. It’s the acknowledgment that matters the most.

(Need some extra help to keep track of your gratitude?You will love journaling in my Instant Happy Journal! )

Basically, the more grateful you feel on a daily basis, the more meaning your life will have. In turn, you’ll feel excited for the days ahead, and you’ll feel happier overall. It’s a win-win.

So, What Should I Do With My Life?

Still scratching your head and asking, what should I do with my life? 

If so, cut yourself some slack. Having existential crises from time to time is normal!

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