Building it out further - today's article is about things to do in your 50's based on my conversations , experiences and insights from people who have lived these years.
In your 40's, I had suggested you create a wish list of things to do in life. The 50's are a time to knock off things from wish list. Be it travelling, learning a skill, writing a book, whatever you wish, this is the best time to do it!
This is extremely important for your long term physical and financial health. Eating right, some form of physical activity (yoga, walk) on a daily basis, regular practice of meditation and a good night's sleep are critical. Annual health check-ups are also critical
This is the best thing you can do for kids - either your own or the kids you know and care about. Conversations are powerful as they help anyone understand themselves, situations and people much better. Creating a space to have conversations by genuinely listening to them, and sharing your views in a healthy and judgment free way really makes a difference.
50's is the best time to invest in someone else's idea. The investment could be in many ways - by listening, advising, financing, connecting them to someone you know who can help take the idea to the next level.. anything within your locus of control which can make a difference
50's are the best time to mentor young kids - be it school, college or young professionals. Again, there are many ways to do this - Listen to them, share your experiences, write / publish your views / insights, give them a long term perspective of life. For this, you can start with family and immediate friends or can collaborate with an academic institute or with an industry body / association if you want to make it formal and expand reach
50's are the best time to re-connect with your roots... To spend some time in understanding where you came from, what decisions / choices influenced your family / ancestry . It is also a good time to create one documented artifact about your roots - it could be a simple family tree or history of a generation. Whatever you choose, it is OK.
This is the best phase to make time and energy and head-space to get involved in social / community service - in whatever way you choose. It can be at a local place of worship or at an orphanage or funding education for a less fortunate child... It is always easier to plan this in advance and schedule it with an important personal milestone - like your birthday, your parents / kids birthdays or Children's day or New year or Thanksgiving.. You can take a class for kids at a school / college, you can fund a mid-day meal at an orphanage, you could provide school supplies to a group of kids... anything that works for you is good.
Nischala is the Global Marketing Head at Wipro. She is a new age marketer who enjoys work which has a jazz and bass of logic, creativity and making a global impact. She is also an advisor / mentor with several global initiatives involving startups, technology consortia and #WomenAtWork communities. Her expertise is to craft and design high impact marketing strategies for emerging and high growth technology areas like blockchain, AI, next generation solutions. She believes the equation to marketing success is moving the dot from mind-share to market-share to profit-share. Her claim to fame is being among India's 2017 Top 100 Brand & Content Custodians, a TEDx talk, being among Twitterati and featuring in several global "Best in blogging" lists. Nischala holds an MBA from IIM Bangalore. You can follow her on Twitter @nimu9