As you grow older, perceptions and values change. Ageing is a catalyst to changing mindsets and paradigms. The dogmas you stick to in the past become less relevant except the ones that relate to decent living and morality such as our faith, spirituality and human decency.
As you age, you become more tolerant, accepting and nicer. We have lived life, made mistakes, learnt from others, knowing life as brief and therefore pointless to be stuck on positions that don’t add value to anyone especially yours.
At 50 and over, there are certain things learnt through personal and other people’s experiences. These experiences should inform our decisions to build an abundant life during the best years of our lives starting by thinking of self. It starts by understanding personal freedom. Personal freedom is when you:
1. Don’t worry too much about your children, don’t be their slave. When you realize that children have their own destinies and they will fulfill it.
2. Don’t expect too much from your children. They will be too busy with their jobs and commitments. Pray for them.
3. Spend your money, enjoy your self, and don’t be too thrifty because you want to leave an inheritance. A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but remember an inheritance is not always material resources.
4. Take great care of your health; don’t compromise your health for wealth. With good food, exercise, vitamins and minerals hopefully you will live to 100. Remove yourself from stressful situations such as political appointments, social relationships, business enterprises, risky investments that don’t give you joy.
5. Don’t worry about things that can’t be changed. It is what it is.
6. Don’t compare or compete with anyone for fame or social status and stay on your God given lane.
7. Create your own wellbeing, be happy and have happy thoughts. In good spirit, sickness will cure fast and never return.
8. Reach out to others with a good mood, make friends, challenge others to be happy and be a source of joy. Don’t allow fear into your emotions. Fear sometimes is self-fulfilling. Remember Job said “ for the thing I greatly feared has come upon me: what I have dreaded has happened”
9. Learn something new or develop a passion towards impacting lives around you. Join a group or create a group that will engage you.
Personal freedom begins at 50 and with freedom comes personal responsibility and wisdom. Live the rest of your years with wisdom and in power.