Article by FabafterFifty
For many women, hitting that landmark 50th birthday signifies a new stage in their lives. The children will more than likely have left home which gives you the breathing space to think about your needs for a change.
With more of us living much longer and fulfilling lives we don’t have to settle for the more ‘traditional’ pastimes that the media would like to pigeonhole us in to doing. Turning 50 doesn’t have to mean taking it easy – and these hobbies prove that age really is but a number.
As this blog posts from McCarthy & Stone shows, you can forget daddy cool – 65% of kids think it’s their grandparents who deserve the hipster accolade!
Get on your dancing shoes
It’s not that long ago that dancing lessons were thought of as the reserve of old couples in the afternoon. TV shows and films such as Strictly Come Dancing or Cuban Fury have made dancing sexy again and that makes it ideal for over 50s who want to stay active and happy.
You don’t have to dress up – although you can if you want to – and there are lots of different classes to choose from. Dancing is a great way to keep in shape and socialise with people of all different ages, so why not give it a go?
Instead of glancing enviously at a statement piece of jewellery that a friend is wearing and pondering how expensive it is, why not learn how to make it yourself? Jewellery making classes and courses are available nationwide and once you know the basics, all it takes is a steady hand and some imagination to create your own bespoke pieces.
Most high streets have small independent boutiques where you can buy your own supply of beads, crystals and settings – so you don’t have to worry about sourcing materials either!
Learn another language
Many of us will have visited Spain more than a couple of times for a well-earned week of guaranteed sunshine, fumbling through a few choice phrases during our trips. Spanish is quickly becoming one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, so learning not just to speak it but to be fluent in it is an excellent way to keep your brain alive and communicate with locals on future holidays.
Hole in one
When you think of golf, many people imagine stuffy board room gentlemen with a club in one hand a cigar in the other. However, golf is steadily becoming more and more popular with women. The standard of play by women is now widely acknowledged to rival that of most amateur male players – so much so that the Royal and Ancient Golf Club (which is based at the historic St. Andrews) has just passed a landmark vote to admit women as members for the first time in its 260 year history!