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4 Ways to Relive Your Youth After 40

4 Ways to Relive Your Youth After 40

Most people aren’t thrilled about growing old. They think they’re too frail to have any fun. However, a lot of the problems with growing old are purely psychological.

If you’re in your late 40s or 50s, it’s not too late to recapture some of your youth. Here are some ways you can feel young again.

1. Go-Karting

Many people got into go-karting while in middle school, but it can be just as much fun to do as an adult.

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Matt Lawson, a 29-year-old from Humboldt County, California says go-karting is a fun activity for older adults too. Lawson and his 65-year-old landlady would go to the local go-karting track with her two adult sons once a year.

“I had no idea that a woman my mom’s age got such a kick out of go-karting,” Lawson said. “I have to admit, she was a heck of a lot better than me.”

2. Motorcycling

If you aren’t bold enough to relive your childhood, you can still relive some of your 20s. Motorcycling is a great way to do that. Sue Zuki, the editor of Her Motorcycle, says that she didn’t get her first motorcycle until her 50th journey around the sun.[1]

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“I got my motorcycle endorsement and my first bike shortly after turning 50. Apparently there are many like me who didn’t pursue riding until after turning 40… Indeed, for the few friends and acquaintances that I’ve dared to reveal my motorcycle riding to, I claim it’s related to my mid-life crisis, which I’m thoroughly enjoying thanks to the Suzuki. They’ll REALLY be surprised when I get that beautiful tribal tattoo for my upper back that I’ve been lusting after!”

It’s easy to get started. You can find a great motorcycle on popular sites, like CycleTrader or Autotrader. It’s also a good idea to find bike parts, so you can do your own tune-ups as needed.[2]

3. Slip and Slide

The slip and slide is one of the most iconic summer activities for young kids. Children as young as five enjoy sliding down a plastic sheet that’s covered in water.[3] You can create a slip and slide in your own backyard. If you are feeling really adventurous, you can visit a large water park, like Raging Water Parks or Noah’s Ark Water Park.

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It may sound juvenile to some, but lots of adults enjoy it too. One middle school teacher from Missouri (who asked to stay anonymous for professional reasons) recalls watching her middle-aged assistant principal joining the students at the slip and slide on one school trip.

“It’s a side of him that I never saw before,” she said. “It was great to see him having so much fun. He needed it after all the long hours he had to put in earlier in the year.”

4. Take a Backpacking Trip

Many people in their 20s go on long backpacking trips. This can be a great way to enjoy summer vacation.

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As you get older, it’s tough to get away from the responsibilities that take over your life. Even if you can take a week or two off from work, it’s tough to take it away from your kids. Fortunately, you have more time in your 40s and 50s when your kids are grown up. Why not use that time to go on a backpacking excursion?

A backpacking trip can be a great way to experience Europe or another part of the world you’ve always wanted to visit.[4]

Life Doesn’t End at 40!

Too many people think life ends after you’re 40. Nothing could be further from the truth! It’s possible to live it up well into your 40s and even 50s. Of course, you have to be mindful of your physical limitations, but don’t let them keep you from having fun.

Featured photo credit: Pexels / Keith Wako via pexels.com

Reference

[1] Her Motorcycle: Newbie Riders In Their 40’s and 50’s
[2] SoloMoto Parts: Motorcycle Parts
[3] wikiHow: How to Make a Long Slip and Slide
[4] The Savvy Backpacker: Backpacking Europe Step-by-Step Planning Guide

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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