When Growing Older, Make Sure You Have Purpose

Intention with purpose:

It’s a way to be in the world, living life, on your terms.

Even after retiring from a job, raising a family, earning one or several degrees, and moving into a lifestyle that suits a kick-back perspective, older adults yearn to tread forward and beyond. 

Makes sense in theory, and it explains why:

  • Retirees seek opportunities
  • Older adults prefer activity
  • Some singles want to date
  • Humans prefer healthy lifestyles
  • Individuals seek creative development

And the thing is, research shows that an idle existence opens the door to isolation, depression, and health risks. That’s why humans furiously search to:

  • Find a sense of purpose in various aspects of life
  • Aim to discover mastery
  • Create valuable experiences
  • Seek ways to connect
  • Get involved to broaden interests

We hear that the curse of growing older means painful joints, less income, and for some intermittent dissatisfaction. But what the heart seeks, if we dig deep enough and be honest with ourselves, is to stay closely connected to a meaningful life.  

In other words, have purpose and live life through the eyes of a giddy child, hungry to discover, “what’s next.”

A full or part-time retirement doesn’t have to be a dead end, or final destination. How boring is that? Instead, it’s a period in life that can provoke inspiration, an enlivened journey, and enjoying a life that matters. 

Here’s the deal, you don’t want to sit at the computer all day sifting through online searches hoping to find answers or ways to navigate through fluff that doesn’t really matter to you.

More importantly, you want a snapshot of ideas that prompt creative insights that lead to potential, opportunities, and real possibilities.

That’s the intent of on purpose, delivered each Wednesday, small bites of wisdom on topics most significant to people age 50 and beyond.

Here’s a bit about On Purpose’s subject matter:

Work: Retiring from a job can create disengagement and solitude. Being idle doesn’t add much value to our lives or our personal economy.

Not having a job can affect attitude, self-worth, and emotions. If we become depressed, it can cause cognitive decline.

Research says how we feel is linked to what and how we think. Having a job, whether full-or part-time, can enhance our lives. Each week, you’ll get a tip or suggestion on what other people do to earn money and what they did to find it, inciting inspiration in you.  

Health: Being unhealthy is costly, painful, and opens us to vulnerabilities.

However, it’s safe to say that if you have good health, your potential becomes possible. And fulfillment achieved. Even small measures of physical activity helps with brain function. Each week, you’ll get a tip for healthy aging; on nutrition, exercise, body, and mind. 

Activities and entertainment: Let’s face it, being bored and inactive leads to the devil’s playground. And most older individuals prefer to occupy some free time with reading, learning, playing online games, and more.

Each week, you’ll learn about one new activity suggestion to fill your free-time. Let’s not waste valuable time, use it learning a new interest or hobby. Who knows where that may lead? 

Product Reviews: Looking for a new kitchen gadget, technology tool, security system or a smartphone app, don’t purchase without reading reviews of consumers. Each week, a product with buyers’ reviews will shine a bright light on the service or product, giving you a thumbs up or down.  

Live with intent,

Carol Marak,

On Purpose

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