15 Things You Should Know How To Do By 50
Getting older should mean getting wiser, and for me, the most valuable forms of wisdom that come with age are being more confident in yourself, taking care of your body and home, and loving yourself and others just the way you (and they) are!
All of those forms of wisdom are well represented in the list I’ve put together to share to day. It’s a list of fifteen things that I think every woman should know by the time she turns fifty. (And if you’re over fifty and there are things on this list you haven’t conquered yet, there’s no time like the present!)
15 Things Every Woman Should Know How To Do By 50
1. Say “No” Without Feeling Guilty
This is number one for a reason! If you always prioritize other people’s needs over yours, your productivity will suffer and resentment will mount.
2. Laugh At Yourself
Laughter is the best medicine, and learning to laugh at yourself is a surprisingly effective way to deal with negative circumstances. Studies have shown that being able to laugh at yourself is linked to better mental health.
3. Whip Up A Signature Dish
Having a recipe that you can whip up for get-togethers or family dinners is valuable skill for any homemaker. And keep in mind that your “signature dish” doesn’t have to be fancy, it just has to be yours!
4. Take Yourself Out To Dinner Or A Movie
Going out alone means having time to enjoy yourself and do exactly what you want (or see the movie you really want to see) without feeling like you need to defer to what others want. Give it a try—it can be quite freeing!
5. Look Good In Photos
It’s time to stop shying away from the camera! There are plenty of resources online that are full of great tips about flattering poses and positions that can help you look and feel your best in every shot.
6. Defend Yourself
You don’t have to be a black belt to defend yourself—there are many simple moves that can help you get away from an attacker. Look for a self-defense class near you, or look up self-defense moves online (and don’t forget to practice!) Here’s a resource to get you started.
7. Operate Your TV
Easier said than done? Maybe, but it’s empowering to do this yourself. Dig out that manual, search online, call the technical support line, or whatever you need to do to figure it out. You’ll be glad you did!
8. Light A Grill And Cook On It
Don’t leave all the fun to the men! You can cook an incredible meal on the grill with no pans to scrub, and cooking on the grill isn’t difficult once you master the basics.
9. Find A Bra That Fits Correctly
If you’ve never had an expert bra fitting, you may be in for a shock. Most women are wearing the wrong size – I was too! Wearing the wrong size can make it hard to look or feel your best, so it’s worth taking the time to get expert advice.
10. Examine Your Own Breasts
At any age, self breast exams can save your life. According to the 2003 National Health Interview Survey, 57% of breast cancer survivors found their own cancer. If you don’t already do so, start examining your breasts every month.
11. Sew (At Least A Little!)
Sewing is practical and a great way to save money — and mending things makes you appreciate them more. Knowing how to sew on a button and do up a hem can get you through any number of “wardrobe malfunctions”.
12. Graciously Accept A Compliment
A smile and a sincere “thank you” when someone gives you a compliment can make their day. Instead of shying away, accept compliments and bask in your achievements.
13. Strategize For Retirement
Make sure you understand your financial future — get involved, ask questions. Your bank or brokerage firm has a lot of resources you can use.
14. Walk Away From A Bad Situation Or Relationship
This is a tough one, but so important. You are in control of your life, and you set the terms for what is allowed and acceptable. There comes a time when giving someone or some situation the benefit of the doubt starts to do more harm than good, and that’s when it’s time to walk away.
15. Exercise In A Way You Don’t Hate
Exercise doesn’t have to be all about losing weight. Regular exercise can help you sleep better, improve your mental health, and help you get stronger and live longer. You don’t have to turn into a fitness buff overnight, but you should at least have an exercise routine that you can and do stick to.
What would you add to this list?