I recently sent an article to a website to be considered for publication. It was a website for the more mature age group and I thought my article would be of interest. The article was not taken up – this didn’t make me annoyed as I’m new to writing so was prepared for this. It was the reason for rejection that ‘raised my hackles’!
Do you know that people over 60 are ‘not interested in Motivation or Goals’? Well if that is the case, I might as well roll over and die now!
The response I received ‘that Goal Setting and Motivation articles don’t usually do well’ (in this age bracket) made me think – “Am I pushing the wrong message? No, I won’t accept that!”
I know of many people in my circle of friends and also in the media, who are well over 60 and still living life to the full. They have goals and dreams that they want to achieve and aren’t even contemplating slowing down.
As C.S. Lewis said “You are never too old to set another goal or dream another dream”
I wonder what the reaction would be from my Cousin who at 72 is still working two days a week, is politically active and planning a trip to Europe, or my 83 year old friend who is constantly trying new things. Media celebrities such as Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Sean Connery, Rupert Murdoch, even Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame who completed a world tour last year at 70, have no intention of giving up and are wonderful role models proving that age is just a number.
We have often read of people in their late 80s and 90s who have graduated from University. Their reason? Because they had always had that goal and the opportunity did not arise until they had retired. These people still had dreams and goals and also had the motivation to succeed.
What is the Bucket List for if we have given up by the time we reach 60 years of age?
The Australian Government is considering raising the retirement age to 70, although I know that some people may still want to retire early or at the current retirement age of 65.
Retirement doesn’t mean that you stop working and then don’t have anything to look forward to. If you do retire that doesn’t mean life stops. It can be the beginning of a new and wonderful phase in your life.
Some people just love working for various reasons – it gives them a reason to get up every morning, they have a purpose in life and have social interaction with work colleagues.
At any age we need Motivation. It is healthy and keeps our minds and body in shape. Motivation and Goal Setting keep you on track and helps you measure your progress. We all need to feel we are achieving something and making the most of our lives. This feeling doesn’t just turn off when we reach 60!
In fact, as we grow older and we are more aware of our mortality, goal setting and motivation becomes even more important to ensure we live the precious life we have been given to the full. Goals and Motivation are a huge part of this.
This is why we need a Bucket List.
Not sure how to do this? Read my blog New Year’s Resolutions – Time for a Reality Check
What’s on your Bucket List? Share some of your list in the comments section.