How to Move Forward in Life After 50

Last Updated on February 24, 2024 by Candi Randolph

If you’ve ever felt like your life is standing still, like you might be the only person on earth who isn’t sure what to do with themselves, or that you’re stuck in a situation and just can’t seem to get out of it, this post is for you, my friend.

And believe me, as someone who’s been through these crossroads more times than I’d like to admit, I can assure you that moving forward is less about the destination and more about the journey itself.

For most of us, we don’t choose to find ourselves at this point in our life, but it happens anyway. And then we may think, “how do I survive this? Can someone tell me how to move forward in life?

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Well, it’s not just about surviving, it’s about thriving. It’s about staying relevant in a world that’s changing faster than a summer day’s hot flash. It’s about embracing the wisdom of our years while still exploring, learning, and growing.

So, let’s embark on this enlightening journey together, with open hearts and curious minds, as we explore the art of moving forward in life in our 50s, 60s, and beyond.

Because age is just a number, and life? Life is an adventure that never stops.

So, are you ready to dive in, explore, do some soul-searching, push forward, and maybe redefine what this stage of life means for you? Let’s embark on this journey together, shall we?

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Life After 50 is…

Life after 50 is… well, it’s a bit like getting a surprise party thrown at you every day. One minute you’re cruising along, and the next, you’re squinting at restaurant menus and wondering when they started using such tiny fonts.

We’ve all realized that life in our 50s, 60s, and beyond can be a mixed bag. Our bodies are changing, and it’s like we’ve been handed a rule book for a game we didn’t realize we were playing.

Wrinkles? Check. Aches and pains in places we didn’t know could ache and pain? Check.

And then there’s the joy of coming to terms with our changing nutritional needs. Remember when we could eat anything and not gain a pound? Those were the days (sigh). Now it’s all about fiber, probiotics, and keeping an eye on that cholesterol.

Retirement might be on the horizon, too, or even a way of life for you now. And while the thought of endless free time sounds great in theory (hello, world travel and hobbies!), it’s also a tad daunting. Who are we without the careers that have defined us for so long?

It’s easy to feel ‘stuck’ during this phase. You might look in the mirror and wonder, “Who is this woman staring back at me?”

But here’s the thing, friends. This woman is you – beautiful, strong, resilient, and full of life. She’s been through a lot, learned a lot, and she’s still standing. And she’s ready to take on whatever comes her way in her own life.

So, yes, life after 50 can be a wild ride. But it’s also an opportunity to embrace change, grow, and redefine ourselves. It’s a chance to rediscover our passions, explore new interests, and celebrate our achievements. It’s about finding joy in the journey, gaining self-confidence, and learning to love ourselves, wrinkles and all.

Because life after 50 isn’t just about surviving. It’s about thriving. So let’s lace up those walking shoes, put on our best smile, take a deep breath, and stride confidently into this exciting new chapter, because we CAN learn how to move forward in life!

What is Holding Us Back?

It sounds good, but why aren’t my feet (and my mind and my heart) going forward?

Well, I have a theory about this. You see, as we enter our 50s and beyond, we’re faced with a whole lot of changes. Our bodies are doing their own version of a rebellious teenager act, our kids have flown the coop, and our day-to-day living may have done a 360. It’s enough to make anyone feel a bit lost.

And then there’s the baggage we’ve accumulated over the years. Old hurts, regrets, fears, and insecurities – they all weigh us down, making it harder to move forward. It’s like we’re trying to swim with a backpack full of rocks. No wonder we feel stuck!

But here’s the good news. Just because we’re stuck doesn’t mean we have to stay stuck. Remember when you were a kid and you’d get your bike tire stuck in the mud? You didn’t just sit there and cry, did you? No! You pushed and pulled and maybe got a little dirty, but eventually, you got that bike out.

The same principle applies to life. Sometimes, we need to push a little harder, pull a little stronger, and yes, even get a little dirty. We need to confront our fears, let go of our past, and embrace the uncertainty of the future.

Sounds daunting, doesn’t it? But don’t worry, I’m right here with you. And trust me, if I can do it, so can you. After all, we’re not called the ‘baby boomers’ for nothing.

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How to Move Forward in Life

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1 | Let Go of the Past

Do you ever catch yourself looking back at the “good old days,” maybe with a touch of nostalgia, or even regret?

We’ve all been there, haven’t we? We find ourselves stuck in the past, reminiscing about our younger years when our bodies were more agile, our skin was smoother, and our responsibilities fewer. We wonder if we made the right choices if we took the right paths. Now that’s a rabbit hole that can go on forever if we let it.

But here’s the thing. Life isn’t a rearview mirror. It’s not about what’s behind us; it’s about what’s ahead. And while the past may have shaped us, it doesn’t define us. Our future is still unwritten, my friends, and we’re holding the pen.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying it’s easy. In fact, it can be downright tough to let go of past regrets and disappointments. But dwelling on the past can hold us back, keeping us from embracing the present and looking forward to the future.

I remember when I turned 60. I looked in the mirror and thought, “Where did the time go?” But then I realized something. I wasn’t that same young woman anymore, and that was okay. I had grown. I had evolved. I had become wiser, stronger, and (dare I say it) even better.

So, if you find yourself stuck in the past, take a moment to reflect. Acknowledge your journey, appreciate your growth, and then, gently but firmly, close that chapter. Because there’s a whole new book waiting to be written, and it starts today in this present moment.

Remember, we’re not getting older, we’re getting bolder. And with age comes the freedom to live life on our own terms, embrace new opportunities, and step confidently into our future.

2 | Take Time to Take Time

You know how when you were younger, you’d run around all day until you were completely out of breath? And then you’d take a break, catch your breath, and get back to playing? Well, I think we’ve forgotten the art of taking a break as we’ve grown older.

Think about it. How many times have you pushed yourself to keep going, even when you were tired, just because you felt like you had to? How many times have you skipped that afternoon rest or that quiet moment with your book because there was just “so much to do?

We often feel like we’re in this never-ending race, don’t we? A race to keep up with life, with time, with expectations, with family obligations. But here’s a little secret: It’s okay to take a break. In fact, it’s more than okay. It’s necessary.

We need to give ourselves permission to pause. To breathe. To relax. It’s not selfish or lazy; it’s self-care. And trust me, nothing rejuvenates the soul quite like a well-deserved break. It’s like hitting the refresh button on your life. Suddenly, everything seems clearer, brighter, and yes, more manageable.

Remember, life isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon. And even the best marathon runners know the importance of pacing themselves and taking breaks. So, let’s learn from them and give ourselves the gift of relaxation.

Because when we’re well-rested and recharged, moving forward becomes so much easier. And who knows, you might just find that you’re ready to run again.

3 | Find Direction with the Power of a Morning Routine

Do you remember the days when we’d wake up to the sound of our kids tugging at our pajamas, demanding breakfast and help with homework? Ah, those were the times! Now, our mornings look a bit different, don’t they? But that doesn’t mean they’re any less important.

You see, I’ve discovered something magical in my 60s – the power of a consistent morning routine. I know, it sounds a bit cliché, but hear me out.

When we were younger, our routines were often dictated by others – kids, jobs, spouses. But now, we have the freedom to carve out time for ourselves. And what better way to start the day than with a little self-care?

The beauty of a morning routine is that it sets the tone for the rest of the day. It’s like pressing the reset button, giving us a fresh start every single day. It helps us find focus, direction and even contributes to our overall health. And yes, it plays a crucial part in helping us move forward in life.

Now, your routine doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it can be as simple as enjoying a quiet cup of coffee on the porch, taking a brisk walk around the block, or even spending a few minutes journaling. The key is consistency.

I’ll let you in on a little secret. My morning routine involves some quiet time with devotions and prayer, a fresh hot cup of coffee while reviewing emails, a simple indoor walking workout, and then on to cleaning myself up and getting ready to start my day with a good breakfast. Nothing fancy, but it works for me.

And you know what? Since I’ve started this routine, I’ve noticed a difference. I’m more focused, more energized, and I feel more in control of my day. It’s like I’ve found an anchor amidst the chaos of life.

It doesn’t guarantee that my day will be perfectly productive, or whatever I might envision. But it DOES mean that I’m awake, alert, focused, and ready for what may come my way.

4 | Letting Go to Move Forward: A Delicate Dance of Life

Isn’t it funny how we can open a closet, look at an old dress that we haven’t worn in years and think, “I might need this someday!? We’ve all done it, haven’t we? Our closets become a living, breathing metaphor for life.

Just as we hold onto clothes we no longer need, we also tend to cling to things, people, and relationships that may not serve us anymore.

Let’s take a stroll down Memory Lane. Remember the time when bell bottoms were all the rage? We wore them with such pride and joy. But as time went on, fashion trends changed, and so did our preferences. We had to let go of those bell bottoms to make room for new styles. Life, my friends, is quite similar.

Sometimes, we hold onto relationships or habits that no longer bring us joy or growth, simply because we’re used to them. We fear the unknown, and we resist change. And that’s perfectly normal. After all, who doesn’t love a cozy, comfortable pair of old jeans?

But here’s the thing: just like our closets, our lives also need a bit of decluttering from time to time. It might be a relationship that’s causing more pain than happiness, a job that’s draining your energy, or a habit that’s holding you back. It’s hard, I know.

Letting go feels like losing a part of ourselves. But remember, every time we let go of something that doesn’t serve us, we make room for something new and potentially beautiful to enter our lives.

Think about it. Would you have discovered the comfort of a great pair of skinny jeans if you hadn’t let go of those bell bottoms? Probably not!

Letting go doesn’t mean forgetting or discarding. It means acknowledging, appreciating, and then moving forward. It’s a sign of strength and self-love. So, the next time you find yourself clinging onto something out of habit or fear, ask yourself, “Does this spark joy?” If not, it might be time to let it go.

So, are we ready to do some decluttering? Whether it’s your closet or your life, remember, it’s not about losing; it’s about gaining. Gaining space, peace, growth, and the freedom to move forward. After all, life is too short for ill-fitting jeans, isn’t it?

5 | The Magic of Shifting Focus

Here’s a little secret that might just turn things around when you’re feeling stuck in life.

Now, imagine you’re at your favorite bakery. There’s that scrumptious chocolate cake you love. But wait, they’ve run out of it! Oh, the horror! You could spend the day lamenting the lost opportunity of savoring that cake, or instead, you could try the strawberry tart that you’ve never tasted before. You see, sometimes, when one door closes, another opens – if only we shift our focus.

The same principle applies to life. When we’re stuck, it’s often because we’re zoomed in too close on our own issues, our own fears, our own desires. It’s like looking at life through a magnifying glass. But what if we put down that glass and took a step back? What if we shifted our focus from ourselves to others?

The act of caring for others, be it people, animals, or even plants, can have a profound effect on our mental and emotional well-being. It takes our minds off our problems and gives us a sense of purpose. It makes us feel needed, appreciated, and connected. And most importantly, it helps us move forward.

So friends, the next time you find yourself feeling stuck, try shifting your focus from ‘me’ to ‘we.’ Volunteer at a local charity, help a neighbor or simply lend an ear to a friend in need. You’ll be surprised at how quickly the quicksand turns into solid ground.

And remember, just because there’s no chocolate cake doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the strawberry tart.

6 | The Power of One Small Step, Elephant Style

Do you remember this saying – “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!” No, I’m not advocating that we eat elephants. Too many calories. It’s just a funny way of saying that even the most daunting tasks can be achieved if we take it one step at a time.

We often get overwhelmed when we think about the big picture. We want to lose 20 pounds, write a novel, learn a new language, or declutter the garage that hasn’t seen daylight since the ’80s. It seems impossible, right?

What if, instead of trying to tackle the whole elephant, we just took one small bite each day? Walk for 10 minutes instead of binge-watching that new show. Write a paragraph instead of waiting for the perfect plot. Learn one new word instead of an entire grammar lesson. Clean one shelf instead of the whole garage.

These actions may seem insignificant, like trying to empty the ocean with a teaspoon. But here’s the magic – these little steps add up!

Just as a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, progress, my friends, begins with a single action. And before you know it, you’ve walked a mile, written a chapter, spoken a sentence in a new language, and hey, you can finally park your car in the garage!

So the next time you’re feeling stuck, remember: take one small bite of that elephant every day. You’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish. And who knows? You might just find that the elephant isn’t as big as you thought it was.

Final Thoughts: How to Move Forward in Life

As we wrap up this journey of self-discovery and self-improvement, let’s remember that moving forward in life doesn’t always mean making giant leaps. Sometimes, it’s about taking small, consistent steps toward our goals and dreams.

It’s about decluttering our lives of things, people, and habits that no longer serve us. It’s about shifting our focus from the negatives to the positives, from ‘me’ to ‘we.’ And most importantly, it’s about taking one small bite of that daunting ‘elephant’ each day.

We all have our struggles, our fears, our insecurities. But let’s not let these hold us back. Let’s continue moving forward, one step, one day at a time. Because at the end of the day, we are all works in progress. And that’s perfectly okay.

So here’s to pushing forward with small steps, growing, evolving, and becoming the best versions of ourselves. After all, isn’t that what life’s all about?

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