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Do you remember being 25 and thinking, “Oh crap, 50 is so old and horrible?” I kinda do. I also kinda remember at 35 and 45 thinking, “Oh snap, 50 is coming soon! Eeeeep!” What is life over 50 gonna be like?

And then 50 showed up, and I was like, “Oh, wow, that happened fast. Now what?” What happened after that? My attitude changed….a LOT! Life after 50 turned out to be way better than I expected.

My life has had many twists and turns. Many frustrating moments and many wonderful moments. TONS of “what the heck” moments and just as many “this is freakin’ awesome” moments, but I have to tell you, in all honesty, 50 kinda scared me.

I was certain that by the time I hit 50, it was all gonna go downhill from there. I truly thought that. I truly believed that life over 50 was going to be bleak, boring, and depressing.

~Stick around to the end, where I share the best piece of advice I can ever give.

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Finding Purpose in Life After 50

50 came. My ex had a big 50th bash for me. I drank myself into oblivion and prepared for the end to come. The end of a fun, youthful life as we know it. I spent the next little while wondering what the rest of my life was gonna be about.

What will it all be for? What am I supposed to do? What haven’t I done yet, the bigger question for me was, “Is it too late”? Did I miss the boat?

Whatever boat that was. I needed to start finding purpose in life. I had none.

What did happen, as time passed, was that I became more aware of who I was, what I had done so far, and what I still needed to do.

One of the biggest things, which proved to be the most life-changing thing, that I had to do was leave my emotionally abusive relationship. Top of the list it was. And halfway into my 50th year, I did just that.

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Transforming Life After 50

I started figuring out myself and my life. For the first time in my life, I was on my own to find out who I was and what was I here for. Age suddenly didn’t matter. I was too wrapped up in getting my life together and discovering my path, purpose, passion, and life that was important to me.

I really just wanted to start living. Something I felt I hadn’t been doing.

51 came, and then 52, and then the numbers suddenly didn’t really matter anymore. Life over 50 was proving to but much more exhilarating than I had anticipated.

I was finally living and having fun and being me. I was finally me and enjoying this life. The more I lived and enjoyed, the younger and more youthful I felt. I didn’t feel 50-ish anymore. Some days I felt 16, others 25, and I think some days, I may have even felt and acted 10!

Life was good. Life was so good, and it just didn’t matter how old I was.

I traded in my 25+ yr hairstyling career and became a freelance writer. I totally transformed my life over 50. A complete overhaul, if you will, and it was amazing.

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If you are starting over at 50, alone and with nothing, the article below will help you tremendously. 

How to Start Over at 50 With No Money and Little Hope

Can You Find Happiness After 50?

Oh, yes, you sure can!! This is what I did after I left my relationship.

Off I went to do the biggest, baddest, and bravest thing I have ever done in my life. Sold my entire life, packed up two suitcases, and bought a one-way ticket to Guatemala. Why?

Because it was time to live, I mean really live, and NOT care about how old I was or that the clock was ticking.

It was time for Iva to go be free and embrace this gift of life that, for far too long, she had taken for granted, bitched about, was afraid of, and even, once or twice, thought about ending.

Yes, it was time to enjoy life.

I don’t know if I was looking for happiness or if happiness found me, but I’ll tell you one thing for certain: you can find happiness after 50—ridiculous, awesome, mind-blowing happiness.

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How to Live Your Best Life

If you really want to know how to live your best life after 50, it all starts by changing Your attitude.

You will have to face fears, pull up your big girl panties, and get on with life. You have to change your attitude from “life is horrible, and I’m too scared to do anything” to “Hey, life, let’s rock this”!

Does attitude matter? You bet!

You can argue with me ’til the cows come home, and you’ll always be wrong. When your attitude changes from bad to good, your whole world changes.

When you go from “I’m too old to do this” to “Weeeeeeeee I wanna live!!!!” the world opens up and shows you exactly what’s out there. It doesn’t matter if you’re 25 or 75. It’s all in your attitude.

I got ballsy and curious. I took risks and laughed in the face of danger.

I started doing things that I didn’t do enough of:

  • laughing
  • having fun
  • playing with kids
  • giving, sharing, and loving more
  • not caring what others think
  • facing fear and going on adventures

Life was waiting for me, and it didn’t matter how old I was.

More articles like this you might like:

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Life After 50 is More Beautiful Than You Can Imagine

When you let go of limiting beliefs and self-doubt, the possibilities are endless. When you change your attitude and stop letting fear rule your life, everything changes. When you realize that this is YOUR life and YOU are in control of your happiness and destiny, the whole world opens up for you. 

Forget how old you are. Forget what you’ve been taught. Forget all the toxic and negative limiting beliefs. Life is here now, waiting for you. Tell me, what are you going to do with your one precious life?

xo iva xo

Author: Iva Ursano

Title: Writer

Expertise: Anti-Aging, Mental Health

Iva is a 60-something woman, originally from Northern Ontario, Canada, who now resides in sunny Guatemala. She helps women over 50 love the skin they're in and empowers them to live their best lives ever. When she's not blogging, she's out on her scooter feeding and rescuing street dogs.  

You can also check out her amazing eStore here. It is full of powerful self-help eBooks, personal development courses, and so much more—ALL at affordable prices!

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