Do you love what you do? Now’s the time!

May 1, 2016 | Turning 60 and Beyond | 0 comments

I went to a small presentation this week given by Rebecca She is a business consultant and coach; and is one of those women who you just instantly like. She was talking about loving what you do, whether it be work or otherwise.  For me, it was not so much about loving my work, because I am almost at the end of my working life, but about loving my other “work”.  It’s a  no brainer actually, because I am having the time of life with my new found passions in life — photography and writing.

It’s something to think about…are you doing something you love?

She told us to write down five personality traits or things  that we are good at, or like to do.  After writing these down we were asked to write down five things that we would like to do or what can we do with them.

Now some, I am sure, are thinking that I am, or they are, too old to be starting to accomplish anything new.  But this is the perfect time to start. You have already lived long lives. You have likely fulfilled many of the practical life experiences—gotten married, raised children, had a successful career. Now that you are older it is the time to spend your time doing what you want to do. No, it’s not selfish. Whether it be never waking up before five ever again; going to the gym every morning before your day starts; reading a good book all day long; playing bridge as many times a week as you want; or spending time with friends; it’s all up to you.

Sometimes after awhile, you may think something is missing. If you are a reader, you may read a book and think to yourself “I could have written better than that”. Or see a painting and think “what in the world…?” Maybe at some point in your life you liked to draw or paint, or you played a musical instrument or journaled every day.  Then “life” got in the way and you had to put it under the back burner.

But now, in your sixties, is the perfect time to start up those passions again. There are people who have created works of art and accomplished innovative projects well into old age.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was 65 when her book “Little House on the Prairies” was published.

Grandma Moses was 76 when she became famous as a painter.

All their respective work reflects knowledge gained over a lifetime of learning and experiences. This knowledge provides a fertile ground for creativity. I just read recently that there is research that shows that our “aged” brains still have the ability to form new neural pathways and learn new skills up to a very old age. In my interpretation, that means you have the ability to still learn and accomplish new things.

So what can I do you ask?  Here’s a few ideas —

  • Take those long put away journals and write a novel of your life experiences
  • Take a course in quilting, or sewing
  • Learn a new language or a musical instrument
  • Take voice lessons and join a choir
  • Take an art class and paint that masterpiece
  • Learn yoga or tai-chi

I promise, once you find your creative niche, you will wake up each morning with a new perspective on life. Nothing is beyond the realm of possibility.

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible.”

—Audrey Hepburn

And once you have fulfilled an idea, you will be inspired try more. You will find yourself on a new creative path that will take you into new worlds of experience.

“Age is not lost youth, but a new stage of opportunity and strength.”

—Betty Friedan

I challenge you to do the exercise and find what new creative endeavor you’d like to try.