As we reach our fifties, our mindset changes as we think about our future. What will life look like when we are in our sixties? Then not too far after, are the seventies? Discussions about retirement , savings, bucket lists, best states for retirees, and things we want to do before we get to the point where we can’t are all valid and necessary issues to think about either by yourself or with your partner.
Thinking and planning for these future events shouldn’t be negative, it should be exciting. We are all getting older and there is nothing we can do about it. However, we can do something about the quality of life as we age. Take time to go to the places and do the things you put aside to do “someday”. Someday is now. If money is tight, consider downsizing so that you can enjoy life the way you have always imagined.
Everyone has a different “imagined life.” Maybe you imagine having a huge home where family can gather or maybe you want to live in a motor home and travel. Maybe you have always wanted to have a beautiful garden or learn to make quilts. Your “imagined life” doesn’t have to require a lot of money or a total life change, it requires passion. It is a desire to live in a way that makes you fulfilled. If you’re living your imagined life right now, that is awesome. If you are not, it is not too late. It may take some planning, sacrifices, research, and making some hard decisions, but it is worth it.
Be realistic though. If you can’t sing your “imagined life” as a rock star is not going to happen. You must know what is realistic according to your own strengths and desires of your heart. If it is within reach, go for it and don’t stop. I have been in the process of living my “imagined life” for the last seven years. My husband and I are in another phase of planning for our future” imagined life. ” I know it can be scary, but you will never know if you can do it until you do it.
Psalms 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Don’t live for “someday” and forget to live today