Try Something New
You’re never too old to try something new. Women are experimenting with new careers, becoming entrepreneurs and trying new things well past fifty. Experimentation and discovery are part of the lives of wise, wild and wonderful women at any age. Look around to see what older women are doing and start a little experimenting of your own.
Feeling Too Old?
Grandma Moses didn’t even pick up a paintbrush until she was eighty-five. The last of the Ziegfeld Girls, Doris E. Travis, performed the week before she dies at the age of one-hundred six. She apologized that she was no longer able to do a cartwheel.
Jeannette Paladino, over sixty-five and retired from a career that included marketing and copywriting, was feeling bored. She took a blogging course and decided to give writing online copy a try. She thought she’d bring in enough money to finance her bridge games. Write Speak Sell became so successful that Jeannette doesn’t have much time for bridge. Alice March was well past sixty-five when she decided to pack up, move to New York City and create The Attention Factor.
You Don’t Have To Have a New Career
This is Sally Frissell. She spent many years as a flight attendant, squeezing in long stints as a volunteer in Cambodia between periods of work. Now retired, she splits her time between Manhattan and Maine, allowing plenty of time to continue her volunteer work and to have adventures. Here, she’s stilt fishing in Sri Lanka.
I Don’t Know What To Do
Here are a few simple tips:
- Try small experiments. Shake up your routine in small ways. Get off the train or bus at a different stop. Explore a different block or a different neighborhood. Go into a new store. A man in New York City decided he wanted to walk every single street in New York City. This project has now turned into a series of six books documenting his experiences.
2. Volunteer. It’s a great way to get reengaged and reenergized. You can do everything from work in a community garden to teach new immigrants English. You can hug babies or pet puppies. You can prepare meals or record books for the visually impaired.
3. Take a course. Past sixty-five, you can audit courses free or for a nominal fee at many colleges. There are continuing education courses everywhere. Professional organizations offer classes. There are art schools, dance schools and cooking schools.
4. Join a group. There are groups for everything. Many cities have chapters of The Transition Network, a group that has activities and sponsors peer groups. My own peer group has been meeting for nine years now and is still going strong. MeetUp has groups for everything you could possible imagine.
Need a Little Help?
If you want to move forward on your own with a little advice, go to the AARP website for ideas and free resources. Encore offers courses for people looking for a new career.
When you know you want to do something, but can’t seem to figure out what that is or get started, a coach is an excellent partner. You can find more resources and contact me at SusanRMeyer.com or simply schedule yourself a no-cost Jump Start call here.