In 1996, the first of the baby boomers turned 50 years old. This means that there are tens of thousands of people going to work realizing that they have spent the last 20 years of their lives in a profession or job that they never really liked. They wound up there because of money, family, greed, insecurity, or just plain ignorance. I will bet 20 or 30 years ago, all they were thinking about was how to get a job that would feed them. By 50, most of these boomers have seen some of the world, their interests are more varied, and they’re figured out, at least MOST, of the major problem they were thinking about in their twenties. Knowing what they know now, they probably would have chosen a different career path, but they figure it’s too late now….is it?
It’s never too late to change. It’s never too late to make your life even more worthwhile. By the time you reach 50 or 60, you have a good chance of making it to 80 and even 90 years of age. For a 50 year old, that can mean 40 more years of life. And you might as well be doing what you really to be doing in the last 40 years of your life if you didn’t have the chance to do it in the first part of your life.
Boomers also grew up with the mind set that people in their 50’s and 60’s were old, over the hill, like their grandmothers or grandfathers. When the boomers were kids, their grandparents looked old at 50 or 60 and didn’t live long after that. And they were told that life was for the young people, the Pepsi Generation. Advertisers, anxious to tap into the bulk of the U.S. market made up of all those boomers, told us that 50 was ancient.
Now that all those young baby boomers in their 50’s, the advertisers are starting to tell us that life is for seniors, the Depend Generation.
Thoughts of being too old are just old tapes rewinding and replaying in our head. They’re not based on fact, but rather perception and pop culture. So, you have to change the old tapes. And it’s not just 50 years old who believe it’s late to change – 30 years old believe it, 40 years old believe it, and even 70 years old believe it. Consider this:
There are more people on college campuses today over 35 than there are 18 and 19 years old. There are more than 1200 women, aged 50 to 64, that are in school today getting their first professional degree in law, dentistry, pharmacy, and even divinity.