“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.”~ Anna Quindlen
Funny old time of life, 50 +, the kids are not kids any more, Bless them, they’ve either left home or are too independent to need you apart from maybe the odd cash advance, so invariably, whilst you’re still fit, or at least, still able, you start looking at all the things you never had time to do, holidaying, get on with some of your hobbies etc, or as in my case, something i’d never even thought of doing, Overseas Volunteering.
“I like to do something like that but I’m too old for all that stuff, I need my home comforts. what good can I be at my age” are just some of the responses I’ve heard whilst talking to my peers.
Whow, whilst volunteering, I’ve met a 75 year old with walking sticks! we’re not necessarily talking about hard physical labour here, there are many, many things to do. In fact I believe the over 50′s, because of their life experiences, have as much or more to offer virtually any project.
Typically the over-50`s have accrued/acquired many interpersonal skills along the way which can come in very useful on projects. From helping with planning, fund-raising, running projects, but even if you have reached 50+ as a hermit, if you can speak English, and we’re only talking basic conversational English here, you are going to be in high demand, as English seems to be the difference in getting a good job or just making ends meet, or worse still, having to join the sex slave trade or getting involved in drug related activities.
Of course, if you are a qualified teacher or have done a TEFL (Teach English as a Foreign Language) course so much the better, but both the children and adults alike, still need encouragement to actually use the language and to practice their English on an on-going basis, and that’s where you can come in.
“We can’t do much about the length of our lives, but we can do plenty about its width and depth.” –Evan Esar
I’m sure that if you scan back over your life, you’ll find many worthwhile skills you maybe able to pass on,
for example, (and I’m sure I’m not the best example!) I do have a background in general construction, both on the tools and running a couple of small building companies. NOT that helped me too much when I found myself in the jungle, helping to cut down lengths of bamboo to build walls for an out door wash-room, but hey, someone had to do it!
I’ve been in sales, and believe it or not there are many worthy attributes in being a salesman, like inter-personal skills, the ability to promote the organisation or charity.
I’ve not only been a qualified masseur for 16 yrs but also a qualified tutor, which really was useful in Viet Nam, not only helping with the rehabilitation exercises for disabled children, and veterans, but sharing different techniques with the other therapists.
I became a hypnotist 14 years ago, not really used this one much, except when entertaining other volunteers with regressions, in the long evenings! But there is a lot of psychology associated with hypnosis, which does come in useful.
“Instead of counting your days, make your days count”. ~Author Unknown
If you’ve been in office work, you’ve bound to have developed strong inter-personal skills, as well as computer and telephone skills.
If you’ve been a factory worker, you will have acquired knowledge of how things are made, you will also have developed inter-personal skills.
If you work the land, or enjoy gardening, many organisations are now developing Eco friendly crops for the benefit of the people they help.
It may well be, you’ve had enough of doing the same work and want to do something totally different, excellent, so long as you have the knowledge or enthusiasm to help others, then virtually anything will be welcome.
In fact, I believe it’s virtually impossible to go through life without developing some useful skills, which you can share with others to not only to improve their lives, but also to make the world a better place, for you having been here.
“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.~ Jack London ~