How to Start Over at 50 Years Old

It's never too late to start over.
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If you are 50 years old, you can start your life over again career-wise and become psychologically stronger. Consider changing your career. Return to school, and become at peace with yourself.

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Move up in your career. You also could choose a second career that you truly enjoy. People in their 20s, 30s, and 40s work to become financially stable, but you probably have gained some stability in your 50s. Now is the time to take a risk and do work that you love. You are also more likely to recognize your strengths and can make better career choices.

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Go back to school. A person who is 50 can make a drastic change by earning an undergraduate degree or getting an advanced degree. If earning a degree doesn't appeal to you, take continuing education classes and learn a new skill.

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Find inner peace. Talk to a counselor skilled at working with older people. You also could talk to a counselor you trust to learn more about yourself and put past hurts and challenges aside. You may also talk to a spiritual advisor or attend classes that will help you reconnect spiritually.

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Work on your bucket list. At 50 years old, you'll find that now is the time to travel to places you have dreamed about. Feel free to travel to distant countries. Live abroad. Travel around the world. Living within a different culture will help you learn more about yourself and strengthen your character. You'll likely gain a deeper respect for people.

Renee Williams began writing professionally in 1989. She is a certified English teacher and has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.