About a year ago my daughter sent me a post from Quora, which raised an interesting question. Basically it asked people 60 years old and above, “what are the top 5 things you wished you had done between 50 and 60 years of age that you would advise someone who is 50 now to follow and not give up? What are the top 5 things you would want to advise someone who is between 50 and 60 years of age?
A cursory glance at the answers revealed that most people wished they had focussed more on saving more money for retirement, committing to an exercise program and taking better care of their health, wishing they had started their own business or that they had ended their marriage sooner. With the odd exception, there was nothing about nurturing one’s spiritual life, building healthy relationships or spending more time with family and friends, making time to serve one’s church or synagogue or mosque, caring for Mother Earth, or practising greater generosity of time, talent and resources to help one’s community or reach out to those who are hurting or need. Yet, the wisdom of the centuries is that these are the things that really contribute to greater happiness and meaning in life.
What do YOU think? What are the top 5 things you would want to advise someone who is between 50 and 60 years of age and why? That was the question I posed one year ago in this blog. I wonder. Now that you are a year older, have your answers changed at all? What advice would you give as we move into 2023?
I would love to hear from you!