Turning 50: Part 1 – Young at Heart or Immature?
So, I’m turning 50 this year (2023). My honest first reaction is that I can’t believe it! I still feel like I’m in my late 20s, which I guess is both good (young at heart) and bad (immature). 😅
When I was in my teens or 20s, I felt that 50 is really old. Today, I feel that 50 isn’t too old yet. 😅 That said, since I turned 40, I’ve started to see the end, worrying more about aging and death.
We have no control over how we die, but I guess we can influence how we age by regularly exercising and eating healthy, etc. I’m not a sporty person, but I started cycling on a folding bike in 2020, as cycling was still allowed during the COVID lockdown. Since then, I’ve been riding about 30km on every weekend.
I’m really grateful that I’ve taken up cycling (in a way, thanks to COVID 😅) because I now have something to look forward to every weekend. In terms of aging, cycling surely helps keep mobility and prepare myself for old age, so I’ll definitely continue for as long as I can.
Another thing always on my mind is how many more years I should be working full-time. The worst possible scenario is working until 60 something and passing on soon after retiring. Then, what’s the point of working all these years for?
Dying without enjoying the retirement years is hardly acceptable, but it’s also scary to quit my day job and retire early (e.g. at 55) when I’m still having the full-time income. By enduring another month, another X thousand dollars coming in, so I guess I need huge courage to make an early exit from full-time work.
Anyways, in the meantime I have to keep working and saving more money (unless winning a lottery 😂). In Part 2, I’ll talk more about my preparations for old age.
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