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Embrace Change in your 50s and Don’t Let the World Leave You Behind!


Article by Linda Evans

Over the last few weeks I have had a string of old friends coming to stay for long weekends at my Cornish home  and I’ve realised the difference between the ‘young at heart’ and the ‘not so young’….It’s a capacity to embrace change! Here I am Blogging and Tweeting and already, by reading this Blog you have ’embraced the new and changing world’. The ex-PA who now finds a computer and the internet a challenge has failed. The ex-English Mistress who loves the new theatre where you can enjoy a play whilst eating curry in a kitchen, has been able to move on. Those that ensure they are fit, look 10 years younger, those that have decided to eat chocolate and be damned don’t! Those who travel open their eyes, those who don’t like driving after dark/in the country/in the city -won’t see the changes.

Friends because of  shared history

It’s been an interesting experience and out of it I’ve realised that if I was to meet some of those people now, they’d still become my friends, whilst some, sadly are only friends because of history. There is one thing however that I’ve realised forces you to embrace change -and that’s having kids. If you want to keep up and understand what your children are up to, it really helps….So, my advice: if you don’t have your own kids, borrow some or hang out with younger people when you can! And just ensure that the world doesn’t leave you behind.

About me: So, I have been married for 28 years and my husband and I have known each other since we were 11 (although I had a brief marriage to an Italian in the 1970s). I have a 24 year old daughter who is interning at a London Ad agency . I was previously PR director for Toni and Guy and currently work 1990 when they started franchising and I became PR director for Toni&Guy and now work for TIGI as a consultant. In 2003 we moved to Cornwall. My husband took (very) early semi-retirement. Since then I’ve been splitting my time between London and Cornwall. My daughter and I now ‘share’ a flat in Battersea, a couple of hundred yards from my office. When I’m in Cornwall I fit in as much exercise as I can!

Photo credit: Salvatore Vuono

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  1. Jo Carroll

    November 26, 2013

    How I can identify with this – I know people who are planning to move to ‘retirement homes’ – ghettoes for the over 50s – I think I’d go totally bonkers if I couldn’t hear children play.

    • Ceri Wheeldon

      November 26, 2013

      Jo, I so agree – so important to surround yourself with people of all ages. Life is for living – not for hiding away!

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