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Are you like me and put good things away to be used only on special occasions, or not bought that designer brand handbag because you thought it was too extravagant, or even worse, put off a fantastic holiday to somewhere exotic because you were too busy?
Well I am here to tell you that by the time you reach your late fifties or the milestone age of sixty, there are things that we just bloody-well deserve! Most of us have spent our lives working trying to pay off our mortgages, scrimping and saving and sacrificing ourselves for our children so now it’s our time to shine.
That’s right – it is our time! So here are the 8 things you should experience by the time you reach 60.
2. Sampled every delicacy that you can imagine such as gourmet cheeses, sour dough breads, lobster, truffles, caviar or eye fillet steak. We no longer need to budget our meals to feed the family so treat yourself to the delights of the huge array of delectable food that is on offer at our local delicatessens, fine food markets and farmers market stalls.
3. Unleashed all of your fine bone china crockery, silverware and crystal glassware and started using it on a regular basis. There is no need to stash it away for special occasions! We deserve to eat and drink from the finest crockery and glassware that we own. We have earned it! And anyhow when we pass away our children will more than likely give it away to the nearest Op Shop!
4. Splashed out on a designer outfit, pair of good quality high heels, designer handbag or piece of gold jewellery.Why should we have to buy our clothing in Target or K Mart when our daughters are shopping at upmarket boutiques? It is our time to splurge and buy that outrageously expensive item of clothing or accessory because we desire it rather than we need it.
5. Learnt to enjoy solitude. It’s time for us to be unafraid to go to a movie alone or sit and have a nice cup of coffee, walk on the beach or even go on a trip all by ourselves. Come on – no-one will bite you! We are grown ups and let’s face it we will more than likely outlive our partners and our children have left home and in some cases live interstate or overseas.
6. Enjoyed a cultural experience. Get out and about and explore art galleries, museums, concerts, exhibitions, movies, live theatre and festivals. There are literally hundreds of cultural experiences to be devoured in every city. Check newspapers or the internet for what’s on in your city and hop on a train or a bus and get out there and take it all in. You will not only be educated but it will enlighten you.
7. Travelled to at least ten different destinations. Whether it be in your own country or to an overseas destination you should at least have explored ten different places. The world is your oyster so get out there and explore it! There are so many different ways that you can do this. Choose from bus tours, train trips, hiking holidays, cruises, cycling holidays, camperhomes, caravans, house swapping, house sitting, camping or road trips. There is something for every person and every budget so make travel a priority. You won’t regret it!
8. Let go of the past and moved on with your life. Whether it was a bad relationship, bereavement, traumatic event, an illness, financial crisis or a rotten job. You need to take the time to heal, forgive and forget and then let it go. There is no sense in holding onto old grievances and grudges or thinking ‘what if’? The past is past so start living in the now!
Now we are all nodding our heads in agreement (I hope!) I want to see photos of you drinking a glass of wine in that Waterford crystal wine glass and I want to see photos of you at a concert or at the theatre. No excuses! It’s your time to shine!!
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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