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Thursday Thoughts: Don’t wait! Enjoy life now, life is not a rehearsal

August 3, 2017
Life is not a rehearsal

Enjoy life now, life is not a rehearsal

 

I saw this quote and it really resonated with me. So often we keep waiting for things rather than making them happen now. As the quote says ‘life is not a rehearsal’ so we only get one chance and we had better make the most of it.

Sometimes we hold back because we fear the unknown or don’t have the courage to try something new or outside our comfort zone.

Too often we wait until it is too late or we have a life-changing experience.

Enjoy life now, life is not a rehearsal

When my husband had a triple by-pass in 2000 in his early 50s I decided then that we would not wait! We had always wanted to travel and so after he recovered, we downsized and planned a trip to his birthplace in Italy.

He had left when he was 4 years old and had never been back. We had a fabulous time and since then have travelled the world.  We are heading to Spain in October and can’t wait.

I was also reminded of two people I know, when I read this quote. One is a friend in her 60s I’ve known for many years and the other is my MIL who is 91 years young.

Both women have grabbed life with both hands and are living it to the full.  They also prove that it is never too late to start living.

It’s never too late

a sentence a day

Nonna all dressed for Italian Day at the aged care home

Firstly, my MIL took quite a while to get back into enjoying life. For many years, she shared her life with her husband. But at 90 and after 70 years with of marriage, her husband, partner, lover and friend died. It was such a tragic time and I’m sure there are many who are in this situation.

She was going downhill fast and actually was admitted to hospital. However, after recovering and moving to an aged care facility her life has turned around. She is having so much fun and is an enthusiastic participant in everything.

For the last 20 years she had slowly cut herself off from friends as her husband was content to sit and watch TV all day. He had not been in good health and she felt the need to be with him. Life was passing her by.

I am so proud of the way she has adjusted to her new life and is now not waiting but is first in line to put her hand up for any activity that is happening. She is vibrant and happy again and it is wonderful that she will live out the rest of her life this way.

Make life an adventure

My other friend was looking to take a ‘gap year’ in her early 60s and a break from full time work. Finding herself single at this stage of life she didn’t mope about. She moved to a retirement village, became a member of a social group, and travelled the world. Her adventures took her to many places including South America, Asia and Europe. It was such fun reading her posts on Facebook. She always has something on the go and is certainly living a full life.

After her ‘gap year’ she has returned to  work part-time but is still also travelling and enjoying her social life.  Life is certainly not dull for her although I’m not sure I could keep up the pace.  I do like my ‘quiet times’ as well.

What I have learned

It is never too late

Don’t wait for something to happen because it won’t unless you make it happen

Life is full of wonderful adventures.

 

Do you have dreams or plans that you are waiting for?  Make them happen today?

 

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42 Comments

  • Reply Deborah August 3, 2017 at 13:18

    I’ve had a bad habit of putting my life on hold. Usually until I’d lost weight. I suspect I put of relationships and dating as well as other social elements or even pursuing passions and so forth.

    Even now I feel like I’m ‘waiting’ for certain things but as 50 approaches I need to realise I might not have time.

    I had a few incidents in my early-mid 40s that made me realise life was short and I needed to stop wasting time – and that was when I quit my old life and made my seachange. I do regret it’s something I didn’t do earlier so I need to remember that when I put things off now! #teamlovinlife

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 3, 2017 at 17:23

      Hi Deb I think we all feel that ‘waiting’ feeling but as I am 60 (almost) I am also very aware that I have more years behind me than in front. Looks like your seachange was a great decision and I enjoy looking at your Instagram pics.

  • Reply Debbie August 3, 2017 at 21:33

    Great advice and examples here Sue. Don’t wait, do it!!

  • Reply Barbara Radisavljevic August 4, 2017 at 14:17

    I feel as though I’m stuck right now with too many things to finish before I have time to really take a break and enjoy a real vacation. I’m approaching 75 and life just isn’t slowing down. There are so many urgent things that have to be dealt with now before I can take a long break.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 4, 2017 at 16:39

      Wow! 75 and still not slowing down that is great in one way but we all need to take a break to relax and restore.

      • Reply Barbara Radisavljevic August 4, 2017 at 17:33

        I’d love to have a quiet week to just read and enjoy nature. I’d like to blog only when I have something I really want to say and not worry about a schedule. That’s pretty much what I’ve done this month.

  • Reply Miriam August 5, 2017 at 15:31

    Great advice: Do not wait because life is not waiting for you. It is moving forward regardless of whether we are in park mode, gear 1 or gear 10.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 11, 2017 at 16:32

      Oh I love your analogy Miriam. Park mode, gear 1 or gear 10 – love it! Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Victoria August 7, 2017 at 08:42

    No tomorrow is guaranteed, we all need to grab life with both hands and run with it.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 11, 2017 at 16:31

      Such a great comment Victoria! Have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Tuula August 7, 2017 at 09:05

    Great advice! Thanks for sharing. #overthemoon

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 11, 2017 at 16:31

      Thanks for stopping by Tuula and have a great weekend! x

  • Reply Leanne | crestingthehill August 7, 2017 at 14:29

    I love that your MIL has embraced life in her care facility Sue. She’s certainly made a huge leap forward and that’s great to see. I’m trying to make sure I do a bit of living in amongst the working and blogging – life is indeed short and I’d hate to live with too many regrets.

  • Reply Jan Wild August 7, 2017 at 15:41

    Great advice Sue. It is so easy to get stuck in a holding pattern but so much more fun to break out of it. Kudos to your MIL, that must have been a difficult transition for all of you. Life is sweet when you give it a squeeze.

  • Reply Sara Beth August 7, 2017 at 16:50

    Sue, things do happen, don’t they? So many events and circumstances make you aware of how precious time and people are. It’s such a blessing to see your MIL living out her life (happily and actively) once again.
    I plan on living each day in the NOW. When people want my attention, I want to give it to them. Far too often I only ‘half-listened’.
    In deciding to live life now regret can sneak it’s ugly little head up. Squash it, and simply enjoy now (not yesterday and not tomorrow).
    What a lovely reminder.

  • Reply Linda @ Circle of Daydreams August 7, 2017 at 19:52

    What an inspiration your MIL is!! Such a poignant story. My Mum had a triple bypass last year at 87, and has since had a bad fall and broken ribs and crushed a vertebrae. She is so positive considering she’s in daily pain and now finds it difficult to do the things she’s always done. We lost my Dad nearly 20 years ago, and she has been alone since, but never complains and is so kind to everyone. She volunteered at the local hospital until she was 82, and still did for Legacy until her op last year. If I can be half as positive and life filled as her, I will be blessed.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 11, 2017 at 16:28

      Oh wow Linda, a triple by-pass at 87 is no small thing and then that fall, which sounded very bad. Good on your Mum for keeping positive. I do think women of that generation were able to put up with things a lot more and keep a positive outlook. I know my Mum was like that even when she was dying from cancer at aged 63, she was always looking after eveyone else. Your Mum sounds very inspirational and hope she recovers well.

      • Reply Linda @ Circle of Daydreams August 11, 2017 at 20:06

        Sue, I’m so sorry to hear about your Mum, 63 is so young. Mums are very special people. xox

        • Reply Sue Loncaric August 12, 2017 at 10:59

          Yes far too young Linda. She suffered from breast cancer for 10 years and we thought she would go before Dad. As it turned out, 6 months after Dad retired he had passed away from bowel cancer and Mum lived another 5 years. She was a fighter that is for sure. I miss her every day xx

  • Reply Kerrie August 7, 2017 at 21:26

    I have had many moments in my life that has made me realise that if you don’t take action on your dreams and goals then it could be too late!! # lifethisweek

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 11, 2017 at 16:29

      Oh that is so true Kerrie but it is hard sometimes not to just break free from the day-to-day problems isn’t it. Your attitude is great though and I hope you attain all you wish for.

  • Reply Katherine August 8, 2017 at 02:01

    I’m so glad that your mother in law was able to embrace life again and enjoy it. Losing someone who has been a partner and a part of your life for such a large chunk of your life must be so devastating. It’s no small feat to move past that and get back into living life again.

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl August 8, 2017 at 05:43

    Thank you for sharing your mother in law’s story, Sue. I work with older people who have often suffered the loss of their life long partner and your mother in law’s story helped me understand the perspective on life some of them adopted.

    Three cheers for your mother in law as she has embraced change and new beginnings.

    SSG xxx

  • Reply Elise Cohen Ho August 8, 2017 at 11:26

    We do not put things on hold but we do take our time to do them at the proper time. It is a small difference and yet a huge difference.

  • Reply Jenni @ Unclutter Your Universe August 8, 2017 at 19:11

    I’ve had to put life on hold to often in the last 20yrs and now that it could easily become a habit. So at the age of 48 and with the teenager in his last year at high school. Its time to start living life to the full again. I”m in the process of starting my own business and am planning a move to inner city apartment living next year. It’s great to be fully in my life again and pushing the boundaries out. Your MIL is an inspiration and looking fantastic, I would never have guested that she was 91.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 11, 2017 at 16:25

      Oh good for you, Jenni! I love reading about women who are living their life after the nest empties – you go girl! Love it!

  • Reply Denyse August 9, 2017 at 11:07

    Great post Sue and a good reminder to me especially to be living in the now. My recent cancer diagnosis took me by surprise and I have had to do quite a bit of thinking about what I may wish to do with my life now. Much has not changed but I do get a feeling that I need to fulfil a travel wish or two down the track of my recovery. My Dad was alone for 4 years after Mum died and he slowly became lonelier and sadder in their big house so he made up his mind to sell and went into an independent living place. He has been there for 6 years and says it’s the best thing he did as he has friends around him, a social life and he feels well and safe aged 93. Thanks for linking up this week for #lifethisweek. Next week: Ideal Meal

  • Reply Leslie Clingan August 9, 2017 at 11:19

    So very true. Used to save things for special occasions – candles, perfume, jewelry but finally getting over that a bit. Another thoughtful post.

    Your MIL’s story is similar to my mom’s. After a few years of caring for my father (who was definitely not an invalid but had health issues), she is really enjoying her life. They are inspirational!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 11, 2017 at 16:20

      I know I used to save everything ‘for good’ and then thought what the heck everyday is a good day isn’t it Leslie!

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    You’re so right in everything you said, and life is so short… Great post!

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  • Reply Jill August 14, 2017 at 09:32

    Great advice and I am SO trying to follow it!
    Your Nonna reminds me of my own Nonna. She loved to travel and never let anything stop her. She was out golfing every day and still traveling around the world until her health at around 97 yrs old finally slowed her down. She was always an inspiration to me.
    I have been stuck in a pit of fear for the last couple of years. I’ve been laid off work so no income and just can’t figure out a way to escape from all I have going on here in Texas. Too much invested here to just throw it all away, no matter how much I wish I could just say the hell with it all.
    Maybe things will turn around soon and I’ll be able to go back to work, pay off the bills and THEN I can finally really enjoy my life.
    In the meantime, it really is encouraging to read about all the ways that others have made it happen.
    Thanks.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 14, 2017 at 16:20

      Oh Jill you sound like life is a hard at the moment and I appreciate you sharing that with me. I do hope things improve for you and you can once again enjoy your life. Sending you a big hug from Australia. x

  • Reply Elizabeth September 4, 2017 at 07:59

    Great post and such great advice!

    We often hear folks say they’re waiting for the right time to buy a house, have a baby, get the perfect job, etc. Why do we wait? Like you said, “It’s never too late”. And things won’t happen unless you make them happen; more great advice.

    We started our own business in our late 50’s and we’re so blessed to have realized that it truly is never too late 🙂

    Blessings,
    Elizabeth

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 4, 2017 at 13:11

      Hello Elizabeth and thanks for stopping by. How wonderful for you that you were able to start a business and really late 50s is quite young these days. You have the business and worldly experience by midlife and can utilise this for success. Have a great day 🙂

      • Reply Elizabeth September 5, 2017 at 00:03

        LOL! Yes all those complaining about working for someone else has actually helped us gain the business and worldly experience we need to start our own business.

        Thanks so much 🙂

        • Reply Sue Loncaric September 8, 2017 at 05:25

          Good for you Elizabeth and you can njoy being your own boss!

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