As our years accumulate we have all endured our share of bumps and lumps, some more than others. Hitting 50 years of age we know that we have lived more than half our life and it’s confronting to decide what we will prioritise on our downhill run … relocate, study, change careers or travel … the decision is ours.

Our plus and minuses are pretty ingrained but we also have the choice to look inwards and see what needs to change to increase one and minimise the other. We start to realise the value of good connections, a healthier lifestyle and trimming off the unnecessary.

The superficial holds less value and exploration of life itself seems to open up endless possibilities. How have your life values changed?



  1. I think I’ve always held on to my values, they have changed very little throughout my life. My priorities are changing in each new stage of my life and even though I still got a few years before the big 5, I very much agree with your musings, increasing self-care and self-love and, knowing how precious days and hours are, try spending them doing things I love with the people I love.
    have a rolling week Kate!

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  2. First, I work darn hard at maintaining and achieving good health and am not quite convinced that 57 years of age is quite half way! 😀
    I have transitioned from clinical practice to writing and sharing my views about health with a much wider audience (namely the entire world.)
    In my opinion, a “happy” retirement must be filled with meaningful “things.” Each person may have a different definition, but time (in and of itself) should never be the goal. I have seen time, without forethought, cause boredom and depression. I believe “living life” as actively as possible has made my retirement a blessing.

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  3. I think my values changed completely when I lost my daughter. Grief makes you question what really matters and what doesn’t. I suddenly realised that the only thing that matters is to love and be loved. I’m about to embark on a concious grateful journey. When you make a concious effort to be grateful, even if you don’t feel it at the time, eventually you begin to truly feel grateful. When I first lost my daughter, my sons were only 6 & 8. People would ask me (in front of them) how I would cope without my girl as we were so close. I exaggerated for the boys sake and gave the same answer. “I’m so lucky. I could have lost all 3 but I still have my beautiful boys.” After a while, I knew how lucky I really was. It was now my truth. I’d forgotten how important it is to always look for things to be thankful for. Life has been really tough lately and I was bogged down in the everyday stuff I’ve been dealing with. But everywhere I look lately, I’m reminded of the importance of being grateful and so everyday from now on, I will find 3 things that have blessed my day, regardless of how bad it’s been. 🙂

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  4. Not sure if my goals changed, but my manner of achieving them has. All my life I have enjoyed teaching – first grade school students, and now after my retirement, I enjoy telling others about interesting places to visit through my Gypsy Road Trip. Thanks for stopping by for a visit.

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    1. Believe I posted my Ready 2 Exit about death then but wondered if people would be open to such a topic on CQ. Also got side tracked with paid writing – hence brushed the cobwebs off my camera – but glad you missed it! Will post another sometime today Lori


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