However, a bit of financial planning in earlier life could have made Buckley’s post-50 dreams even smoother. “If I could speak to my 30-something self, I’d say adhering to the rules of finance in a more astute way would have helped enormously. Keeping on top of cash flow, making sure my books are up to date, sticking to budgets better and avoiding debt – the basics. Doing the basics may seem boring, but the system is what it is. It actually brings you more liberty if you understand this.”
For Fiona Marshall, hitting her fifties gave her the impetus to spend time on what makes her happy. “I’ve started learning Japanese and a couple of years ago I began singing lessons. I was always too nervous, even though singing is something I love to do.” Marshall says, “Suddenly I had the energy and momentum to step way outside my comfort zone.” Marshall has been a vegan for years but, she says, “Although I’ve always been reasonably healthy, it took a few years, and now I have found what works for me: my regular exercise routine, cardio, weight lifting, yoga and ‘Body Groove’ means I have so much energy. I am happier and healthier than I’ve ever been. Turning 50 for me was a good thing. I stopped caring about what other people thought and started really enjoying life.”
It is also a great time to consider a different sort of life insurance. Over-50s life cover is ideal if you just need money to go towards funeral costs, enabling you to continue living your dreams without the worry of how your loved ones will cover the expense of all those extra people celebrating your life.
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