Monday, April 9, 2012

The New You

Being over 50 and in the retirement home (55+) business I regularly scan the AARP website and their periodicals.  While everyone might not want to face joining and carrying an AARP card, it is hard to ignore the information they have and topics they write about as well as the benefits and discounts offered.  I find the articles more interesting and thought provoking than I would have thought.  It is better to stimulate the mind and think “outside the box” than to get caught in a rut.

Comparing a couple of recent posts of older articles on the site shows how obtaining the right balance becomes even more important for all of us to get the most out of life on the north side of 50.  Reading13 Little Luxuries We Deserve Now That We’re Over 50” and its sister article “25 Things We Don't Need Now That We're Over 50” got me thinking.  If we don’t get to have a few more things and experiences than we did when we were younger, what is the payoff for all the years of hard work?
And this is not to say that it is about still accumulating stuff.  Quite to the contrary.  It should be about being more practical in order to simplify and stream line our lives so that we gain more time, energy and resources to do the things we really want to do and be with the people we really want to be with.  The economy over the last ten years has not been kind to those close to retirement.  But it is what it is.  We all have the choice to reset what is most important and make the changes needed to get there.
Think about what makes your life richer and what makes you sleep at night.  Make time to do some things that will help you cut out what you don’t need in order to gain experiences and the things that you truly treasure.
Get in on the Good Life!®

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