When you are in your 50s there is more to life than work

Turning 50 is definitely a milestone in our lives! Can you believe it, half a century has gone by just like that and while 50 is the new 40 why did I suddenly need reading glasses?

According to a famous Greek philosopher, “the only thing that is constant in life is change.” In many instances, change is a good thing, but not when it is by circumstances you cannot control.

There is no denying that when you hit 50 you can tell that you are no longer a lad. Your hair starts to turn grey, eyesight is not what it was and you start to gain weight whether you like it or not.

By the time you reach 50, you are probably as far as you are ever going to get when it comes to promotions at work and may even find yourself being marginalized into less important roles.

Unfortunately, we live in an age where image matters and despite how young you might think you look and all that wisdom you have accumulated, younger workers see you as a dinosaur that is well past its sell-by-date.

It also doesn’t help when your younger co-workers think that winning is the only thing that counts and that kissing up to the boss is the way to get ahead in this world.

Nostalgia is a word that comes to mind harking back to a simpler time when there were no computers and smartphones, a time when you could find a new job at the drop of a hat just by picking up the newspaper.

Without getting into the details of how the world has changed and why the workplace today is the way it is let’s suffice by saying that political correctness is to blame for many of the ills.

So here we are, feeling hard done by, going nowhere, just carrying on with our mundane lives, worried about being laid off and how we are going to pay the bills.

The fact is you really don’t have to put up with it! If you are in a career going nowhere or it’s gotten to the point where you cannot stand your job any longer just quit!

How can I just quit? I hear you asking! The truth is you probably can’t because you are not in a place to do so. Bills need paying and you don’t have enough money saved to retire.

Swiss psychologist Elisabeth Sigrist says:  “if you don’t get the recognition you seek in the workplace and you’re overlooked for someone younger, you have to realize that is not all you are and let go.” If this sounds like you, there is no need to despair as there are choices you can make to alter your mindset.

The trick is to recognize that you are going nowhere at work and focus on new aspects of your life. Dedicate more time to hobbies and get out and do things that make you happy.

Start thinking about where you want to retire and all the wonderful things you can do once you are no longer shackled to your job.

Embrace wellness! Commit to a routine of regular exercise even if it means just going out for a walk. Start eating healthier and spend more time with friends you have outside the workplace.

Once you finally grasp that there are more essential things in life than work you can finally concentrate on what’s really important and that is you and your happiness!

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