The life we lived over the past 50 or more years was one of education, work, family, retirement and death. A linear life designed by how life was in the 20th century. The smart computer, the internet combined with longevity is changing this design. For those of us over 50 we have the choice of a bonus/legacy season before our bodies grow old. For the younger generations, these changes are happening earlier on in their lives. What does this mean for you?
New conversations and thinking are necessary. We are used to having our lives designed around our work. We need to now take charge of designing our work around our life. We traded security for loyalty. This no longer exists. We need to take responsibility to design what will work best for us.
We arrive at this life-stage with good/poor health and enough/too little money. These two factors will influence the design process. The greatest challenge though is understanding and taking personal responsibility and not waiting for an institution to make the decision for you. The new world of work calls for new skills, opportunities to earn locally and globally and designing a life that makes you happy. Serving others can also add a level of purpose and happiness. Sustaining yourself for longer is a key factor not experienced by our ancestors.
Below are three major strategies to follow to design this legacy season.
Designing this new life for yourself is not easy. There are many steps and sometimes working with a coach can help you to navigate your path. We can be inspired by others and learn new skills that can open new opportunities. The world we live in now offers more collaboration and co-creation than we ever had before. The challenge is in connecting the dots for your path and to create a future that will bring peace and happiness into your life.
Plan for your 2020 vision by joining/engaging with 50plus-skills. This community platform offers many answers to the questions you may have and to finding a teacher for the skills you may need. We all need a place to belong and feel needed. In the end it is people that matter. Isolation is known to be detrimental to our health and we all need a reason to get up daily. Plan your life well. You only have one. Make the most of this next season.