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Six Things to Do in Your 50s

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Milestones in your 50s

Congratulations on hitting half-century! There are still so many wonderful things to do in your 50s. This decade of your life is special and worthwhile.  Making it to the fifth decade of your life calls for celebration! You’ve lived your 20s, 30s, and 40s. You have witnessed several events in your life, some spectacular and some mundane. Some of you might have had life-changing experiences like raising a family, owning a business, or having a fulfilling career. And others might have had some unpleasant experiences like losing a parent, getting laid-off, being diagnosed with a serious health condition etc. What matters is, you’ve come so far. You have persevered. Which of these milestones did you complete? There is no age restriction on chasing your dreams. Being 50 shouldn’t demotivate you from pursuing something. There are people who have accomplished significant feats in their 50s. These thrill seekers go on to live adventurous lives beyond their 30s and 40s. We’re talking skydiving, swimming with sharks, mountaineering, and more. The average person does things that are just as significant in their eyes and deserves just as much appreciation.

Early retirement may be an option for some, but isn’t for everyone

Raising a family calls for applause as parents everywhere will tell you that it’s never easy. Staying at a job long-term establishes your credibility and loyalty as a professional. Working at your trade solidifies the fact that you’re a hardworking individual. There are 50-somethings that manage to retire during this decade and that’s wonderful. Others might have a few more years of elbow grease ahead. As someone in your 50s, you might have your own list of goals you want to accomplish. Let us know what goals you plan to accomplish this decade. Coming soon: Our Facebook post We came up with a few humble suggestions of our own that can help make this a fantastic decade. They are as follows: Green text boxes on a dark blue background list out 7 things to do in your 50s. The title at the top says

Financial security:

Words can’t begin to describe how essential financial security is, especially in this decade and beyond. Having a sustainable income is vital and so is having a retirement account. Do some research on how much you need to save up to be able to afford to retire. Consult a financial expert if necessary. Stick to a budget and keep an eye on expenses and bills.

Career accomplishments:

There is no age limit to what you can achieve in a corporate career or business. If you’ve been in your job for a while, this could be a great time to try to get a promotion or a raise. Some employers prefer internal promotions rather than hiring someone entirely new. It is never too late to get a certification that might help improve your career trajectory. We encourage you to pursue career ambitions with just as much passion as you did in your younger years. Want to get started growing? Check out these 5 online courses.

Routine health checkups:

Your health is one of the most important things in life. It is advised to see your doctor and get screened for anything that you might be at-risk for. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends people in this age group to get the shingles vaccine. Getting screened for colon cancer and prostate cancer is also recommended. Being in your 50s puts you at risk of contracting Hepatitis (A or B). Luckily, there’s a Hepatitis vaccine to the rescue! It is necessary to be informed about the status of your health and take any precautions you need to take. Taking care of yourself doesn’t just mean improving your physical health. Mental health is also important. Maintaining a good work/life balance during this period of life is essential.

Aging gracefully:

A lot of us struggle with the fact that we all inevitably grow old. Our appearances change and it might be a struggle for some. The important thing is to accept that aging is only natural. What truly matters is the kind of person we are and how we treat others. Looks fade but nobody can take away your values and your accomplishments. Check out Healthline for a list of ways to help the aging process.

Making upgrades:

This isn’t mandatory by any means. Some people in their 50s often discover that they have more money than they did in the past. If that is the case, you could get a few upgrades here and there. A nicer car, a renovated bathroom, a better lawnmower etc. are all examples of upgrades. As long as it is in your budget, getting a few upgrades is a fun way to improve your world.

Mental stimulation:

Regardless of what line of work you’re in, it is important to get some mental stimulation in your 50s. With the kids being out of the house, or at least, being more self-reliant than they were when they were younger, you might have more free time. There’s a lot of things to do in your 50s. But having hobbies like reading, crossword puzzles, sudoku, learning a new language etc. are all mentally stimulating activities. Having a mentally stimulating hobby is actually one of the items we list in our best CEO habits article. These hobbies help keep your mind active and agile and helps reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of Dementia in later life.

Preparing for the golden years:

You might already be retired or planning to retire in the next few years. The big question is, what do you plan to do with all your free time? If you plan to travel across the country, now might be the perfect time to check out a camper or RV. If you plan to retire in a different country, you might want to check up on the logistics. Also, you need to find things to do that are worth your time. Volunteering, participating in local events, starting a book club etc. are all doable. Some people cherish spending more time with their families and loved ones. It is smart to have a plan laid out for your post-retirement life.

What’s on your personal list of things to do in your 50s?

You might have a whole different list of milestones you aim to achieve in your 50s. We are unique individuals with unique lives. It is expected to have a few goals in mind that don’t apply to the next person. Our list is just a compilation of healthy suggestions that are designed to improve your life at present and in future. Let us know what you plan to achieve in your 50s. Screenshot of Facebook post of "milestones in your 50s" graphic We hope you’re able to check off all the items on your list within this decade. Let’s aim to get things done rather than chasing perfection in everything we do. Developing a deeper appreciation for things and people is something you might have in your 50s. Your perception of the world in general may not be exactly the same as it was in your 20s. You begin to see life through a different prism. Of all the things to do in your 50s, learning to embrace the changes and challenges this decade brings is the key to happiness. Your 50s can be as glorious as you want them to be. Take pride in the life you have built over the years, the relationships you have nurtured, and the friends that have become family. It is important to cherish the little moments just as much we do the big events. Let’s hope the next decade is just as amazing as we continue to thrive and grow. Acumen Connections is a locally owned and operated payment processor in Wichita, Kansas. Our organization seeks to help small businesses meet their goals with real solutions designed by real hardworking people. To help businesses and individuals achieve personal and professional successes, we’re providing new content weekly. Stay up on our posts by visiting the Acumen Connections Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages, and visit the blog for a full catalog of resources fit for hardworking people. 
Anna Thakur
Anna Thakur

Digital Content Specialist at Acumen Connections
MBA – International Business, Pittsburg State University.
Thakur started her career as a Content Writer specializing in luxury and designer products for fashion websites. She received her MBA in 2019 and went to work in Marketing in industries like financial services and automotive sales. With over 3 years of professional experience, Thakur is passionate about growing and engaging on social media, creating website content that converts, and getting the task at hand done.