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What do you think those in late middle age should do with their lives?

Asked by flutherother (28388points) August 24th, 2010

We are all living longer and have a lot of healthy lifetime left to live long after our children have grown up and left home. What should people in this time of life do? Put their feet up or help put the world to rights. What are your thoughts.

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Zyx's avatar

I don’t think the issue is related to age and I’ll leave it at that.

Austinlad's avatar

Speaking for myself, I want to give back to my community by sharing my hard-earned experience and skills through part-time work and volunteerism. I’d also like to do things I always said I wanted to do—travel a bit and write.

flutherother's avatar

While writing this question I thought why can’t the elderly and experienced of our ageing societies not go out to the young populations of the Third World to teach and to learn. I think they might get on well together.

Austinlad's avatar

“I don’t think the issue is related to age and I’ll leave it at that.”

@Zyx, it’s very much related in the context of this question. I don’t know how old you are, but many of us “of a certain age” find ouselves thinking a lot about what we’ll do after we retire. In fact, it’s a major concern for many reasons: income, physical and mental health, and the fear that if we don’t do something worthwhile after years of working fulltime, we’ll become useless and just be written off as old people

YARNLADY's avatar

What ever we feel like doing. Personally, I prefer to spend it doing my daily tasks and interacting with my family.

marinelife's avatar

How about whatever they want to?

flutherother's avatar

Ah, but what is that.

Cruiser's avatar

Put your feet up…snuggle up to someone cute and sexy and enjoy each new day as they come.

john65pennington's avatar

Mainly, they should be counting months and days, until they retire. by this age, they should already have all their eggs in one basket and to be ready when they turn age 65. planning is the key to a successful retirement.

Frenchfry's avatar

I am going to do alot of volunteering when I am really old. Help out.

Nullo's avatar

The original late Middle Ages saw a lot of social and technological development. The Black Death wiped out a lot of the old upper classes, freeing up all of their assets. It was this sudden liquidation that gave rise to the Middle Class and spurred the development of markets and merchants, moving Europe’s economic base away (somewhat) from agriculture and towards trade.

I wonder if this can be at all analogous to a person. If so, then it might mean that your time of life is well-suited to making business relationships and tinkering in the garage.

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