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Living The Second Childhood For Years To Come

Updated on May 22, 2011

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It has been said that when you get past 50 years of age, most of us will experience our second childhood. They (whoever “they” may be) could be correct in this statement because you do see people you know who have hit the 50 mark do, seemingly, crazy things like buying that motorcycle or convertible they always wanted but never had the money to buy. Or they suddenly join a fitness club to shape up and lose weight. Also shopping for a more youthful look in their wardrobe may signal that they want to look and feel young again. All of the above things are a great way to live the second half of your life if you have the resources and stamina to do them.

This definitely beats sitting in a rocking chair getting old and waiting to die. Even at the young age of 50 so many people get into a habit of “old” talk. “I’m too old to do this or that”, they say. This sets them up for negative thinking and will make them old before their time. Thankfully, there are people in their late 80’s and early nineties who have the heart and mind of a 30 year old to inspire those of us who don’t let the age factor rule their life.

Some people do let fear of new ideas, activities, and /or the process of leaving the safety of their hometown hold them back.

And there are times that the lack of money will cause many to feel that they cannot do anything fun or exciting, but there are so many avenues to explore right in your hometown that are free.  Money is not a requirement to really enjoy your life past the age of 50. It would be a fun to explore how many activities that you and a few friends could engage in that cost nothing but the willingness to participate.

You can recruit your friends or family to get together and have a day to do something different like picnics in the park, fly a kite, ride a bike ( only do this if you have good balance), play toss the ball with grandchildren, or just take a walk after your picnic. What if you have never tried an activity before and don’t know where to start? You can learn to do anything and there are willing teachers who will help you. The idea is to get out and have an interesting experience. Until you try it, how do you know you don’t like a particular activity? Life can begin at 50.

If you have never used a computer, there are many free classes available to teach you basic computer skills and at yard sales for $100 or less you can purchase an older computer that will do basic work. The local libraries also have free computers that they allow people to use for a number of reasons; like research.

Actually, everyone should have a second childhood experience because it can renew your outlook on life. Learning new dances by taking dance classes is a great form of exercise and it is so much fun to do whether you a single or married (provided you can talk your spouse into classes).

It is great to see people who are 50 plus years setting goals to do the things they wanted to do in their youth but never had the chance. Many set a goal to visit every state in the U.S.A. and what fun they are having. Most of the trips may be cross country but some will be train excursions, cruise ships, and airplane flights. The second childhood looks good when you can have such fun.

You know when you take a trip and take good pictures; there are places online that will let you create a very nice hardback book about your travels.

The best idea is to get involved in any activity that you are able to do and if you have health problems don’t let them hold you back. In most cases, there is something interesting and different for people of all walks of life, financial circumstances, and health issues to get involved in that will enhance their life in a positive way


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      7 years ago

      Thanks Creative Thinker for the comment and for visiting.I agree we all need encouragement on a daily basis; at least, I do.

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      7 years ago

      This is a wonderful hub, filled with a positive message and encouragement that is much needed these days. :)



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      Anita Adams 

      7 years ago from Tennessee

      Thank you for stopping by RTalloni. I appreciate the vote up.

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      7 years ago from the short journey

      Bravo, bravo, bravo! Voted up and I wish I could do it 5 times. :)

      One of the activities I like to see seniors get involved in is something that many think they cannot do, that is to get involved with computers, balancing that with physical activities, though, just like we all need to do.


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