Being a 50-something year old can be challenging. Some of us are caring for both our young children and our aging parents at the same time. Some of us may even have grandchildren thrown in for more confusion. Some of us want a new career, or to add to our education but it may not be realistic. Masters or Ph.D. anyone?
Some of us are asking, “Is this all there is?”
Unfortunately, like many in the 50+ category, we may have forgotten what we even like to do! Do we really like camping or did we do it to give the kids an experience? Should we continue the book club we started 10 years ago, or should we move on to creating a wine club? Should we travel the world or stay put in case someone needs us?
I get it. I’m with you. My kids are mostly grown and don’t need much from me anymore. I’m searching every day for what I should be doing next.
And I’m at the age where the ‘should’ is out of my vocabulary and ‘could’ is replacing it.
Here are some quotes I’ve found that make me feel better about the crazy age we’re in. I hope they make you feel better, too.
“Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
“Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age.” ~George Sand
“Youth is a gift of nature, but age is a work of art.” ~Stanislaw Jerzy Lec
“Aging is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and growth.” ~Betty Friedan
“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.” ~Mark Twain
“Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul.” ~Douglas MacArthur
“There is a Fountain of Youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of the people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” ~Sophia Loren
“I’m happy to report that my inner child is still ageless.” ~James Broughton
“I do not want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” ~Diane Ackerman
“Do something instead of killing time, because time is killing you.” ~Paulo Coelho
“When you focus on problems, you’ll have more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you’ll have more opportunities.” ~Unknown
“The trouble is, you think you have time.” ~Buddha
“Age is irrelevant. Ask me how many sunsets I’ve seen, hearts I’ve loved, trips I’ve taken, or concerts I’ve been to. That’s how old I am.” ~Joelle
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ~ C.S. Lewis
“My face carries all my memories. Why would I erase them?” ~Diane von Furstenberg