How to Enjoy Life After 60
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How to Enjoy Life After 60

(Last Updated On: October 2, 2019)

Welcome to The Midlife ToolBox, a very special series of guest posts written by Midlife Bloggers from all over the world. We are unique women, and even though we are all getting older, our perspective, challenges, and ways we see life are definitely unique! I hope you enjoy these wise words and gain some insight from them. I know I will.

Our guest blogger this week is Jo Castro of Lifestyle Fifty, and she has some words of wisdom to share with us about how to enjoy life after turning 60.

I can certainly relate to that! And, even if you haven’t celebrated the “Big 60” yet, you’ll find Jo’s tools to be insightful, relatable, succinct, and on point.

Let’s hear from Jo:

At each Big 0 birthday from the age of 30 upwards, I’ve felt the passage of time keenly. I’ve always had the feeling that time is slipping like sand through an egg timer, impossible to halt, and now that I’m past the Big 60 time seems to be flashing by quicker than ever.

To be honest, I never felt particularly old at 50 (and still don’t at over 60) but at the 60 milestone I acknowledged that I was probably getting older – in that I wasn’t perceived as young anymore. 

It was probably at 60 that I first thought of myself as senior in many respects of that word, although I’m not going to give in to the Lifestyle Village retirement home advertisement presets of how they perceive seniors, and I’m not going to give up wearing shorter dresses just yet either!

To begin with, I rallied against this notion – being an adult adult that is. I had younger friends and identified with my children and their generation, but deep down I realised that probably I did not – not really, and that imperceptibly the gap was widening as my years advanced.

And as their years still hopefully stretch out before them, so mine, in reality, are diminishing, and I realise that actually I need to take this seriously.

Call me slow to perceive reality, but in the last couple of years this realisation has finally been sinking in, and I’ve come to terms with the fact that I need to pay some attention to creating specific tools to guide me.

How to Enjoy Life After 60
Tools in My ToolBox

The Midlife Toolbox from Inspire My Style

And so in my toolbox, I don’t have hammers and nails, but I do have the following ‘memory’ flash cards stored, without a lock, for myself and anyone else who’d like to take a peek.

  1. Accept the age and the skin you are in – relax. You can’t turn back time. Your wrinkles are not your enemy. They attest to a life lived.
  2. Be grateful for your health and mobility – really grateful. And make the most of it – get out and do the exercise. Walk in nature while you can.
  3. Make the most of how you look – dress well, get your hair done, have a manicure and pedicure. Feel good about yourself (your body is an incredible thing) It’s fine to use all the tricks of the beauty trade to look a bit younger than you really are if it makes you feel more confident. Just don’t chase youth for youth’s sake.
  4. Don’t diet to be thin. Eat to nourish your amazing body.
  5. Realise that now you are one of the wise ones. You do have wisdom. Dispense it wisely and always within the context of our changing times and all the new ideas, new science, and new knowledge.
  6. Keep Learning: ” As we grow older, we must discipline ourselves to continue expanding, broadening, learning, keeping our minds active and open.” Clint Eastwood.
  7. Keep up with the times. If you can’t, then don’t be a ‘when we’ or ‘when I was young’ exponent, but rather accept that the world is changing faster than ever, and will never ever again be the same place it was when you were young.
  8. Focus on what you can do in your life now. Focus on those you have around you. Love them to distraction.
  9. Don’t beat yourself up about being somewhere you can’t be, but do travel and get out of your comfort zone when you can.
  10. Accept the circle of life especially as parents get older, become ill, pass on. And don’t dwell on what you could have done, should have said, or might have done better. 
  11. Most of all “Life is what it is.” Be at peace with the situation you’re in and make the most of every minute.

With all this in mind, there are still dreams and considerations I have for my future years, which I hope the tools in my toolbox will help make come true.

How about you? What tools do you have stored to guide you today and in the future?

Jo Castro, founder of Lifestyle Fifty

Jo Castro is an active 60+ lifestyle blogger who has traveled the world and now resides in Western Australia. Her blog, LifestyleFifty, has been acclaimed as one of the top lifestyle blogs in Australia and New Zealand. Jo also publishes ZigaZag.com, a useful resource for anyone wanting to live or holiday in Western Australia.

Please connect with Jo!

Website: https://lifestylefifty.com

Facebook: https://facebook.com/lifestylefifty

Pinterest: https://pinterest.com/lifestylefifty

Instagram: https://instagram.com/lifestylefifty

Twitter: https://twitter.com/johannaAcastro

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Are you interested in submitting a guest post for this series? Contact me at candi@inspiremystyle.com and include your blog or website URL. We’ll have a chat! Thanks.

Candi Randolph Midlife Blogger


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16 COMMENTS

  • Leslie Susan Clingan

    Love those around you to distraction!! What a great sentiment. I am doing my best at that over here. And don’t beat yourself up for not being somewhere you think you need to be. I took this literally. Have struggling being with my mom when I needed to be with my younger daughter, being with my younger daughter when my older daughter needed me. All in all, we need to give ourselves grace and do the best we can.
    Great post.

    • Jo

      Hi Leslie, thank you so much 🙂 Yes, for mid-life women we are so often pulled in many different directions but we just can’t be everywhere at once. It really does take a conscious decision not to stress over it, but to be totally present and give the best of our attention to those we’re with. Just do the best we can with grace and humility. I hope you are managing okay? It sounds as if you have a lot of people needing you right now x

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      I agree, Leslie, we can give our love always, and our help as we are able. I’m glad that my family is close and I can be there for them. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Michele

    I love all of these ideas. We are not our grandmothers generation and have proven that we can look and feel fabulous in our 60’s and beyond!

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Hi Michele, we have so many more choices than our parents had, and certainly previous generations. I try to make wise choices when it comes to looking younger, but am glad the options are available!

  • Jo

    Hi Michele, so glad these ideas resonated. So true, we are not our grandmothers’ generation – what some changes we’ve seen since then – especially with regard to ageing.

  • Bree

    Loving all these wonderful ideas. I do think we have to be comfortable in our own skin, don’t be critical of others. # #MLSTL

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Hi Bree, yes, so many wise words and ideas here. I agree that being comfortable and confident within is the starting point, and thankfully we’ve got a lot of years behind us to acquire those traits!

  • Great tips Jo – I love that you are such an amazing ambassador for the 60+ age group (how can that even be the case? I’m sure we’re all 20 years younger than we actually are!) I realized the other day that I still think my Mum is 60 and then twigged that she’s nearly 80 – where has the time gone!? I’m sure we’re healthier and ‘younger’ minded than previous generations though and I’m looking forward to seeing what life as a “senior” holds when I get there (at 80!)
    Thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Hi Leanne, thanks so much, as always, for your support!

  • Christina Daggett

    Hi Candi and Jo. Sixty is right around the corner for me and I couldn’t be enjoying my life more! I agree with you Jo, we have so much wisdom at the age and it helps me appreciate getting older so much more. Thanks for sharing. Will share to FB.

  • Candi Randolph
    AUTHOR

    Thanks Christina, I love to read about your life and all the adventures you’re having! Enjoy every day, and thanks so much for supporting and sharing these posts.

  • Joanne Tracey

    Thanks for bringing us Jo. She truly is an inspiration. #MLSTL

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Hi Joanne, you’re right, Jo’s words really are inspiring! Thanks so much for stopping by.

  • Debbie Harris

    A fabulous read from Jo! I’m fast approaching 60 and can relate to many of these ideas. Thanks for sharing and I’ve pinned for #mlstl

    • Candi Randolph
      AUTHOR

      Thanks Debbie, I appreciate the share! The further into your 60’s you get, Jo’s advice will become even more relatable.

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