Article by Ceri Wheeldon
Every year here in the UK we dutifully take our cars to be tested for road worthiness and ensure that they are safe to be on the road and enable us to reach the end of our planned journeys…but do we ever take stock of ourselves to make sure that all working parts are in order to get us through life’s journey?
We are living longer, but are we doing the best now to have a quality life as well as a longer life? At 50 most of us have decades ahead of us. And it is very easy to focus on one or two elements of our lives and let others slip. To live happily in old age we should probably take time now to address the balance, and bring those parts of our lives which wouldn’t pass an MOT back into line.
A Midlife MOT
Are we looking after our physical health?
Our mental wellbeing?
Are we financially OK?
Do we have the skills and resources to work for as long as we need or wish to?
Are our relationships healthy?
Are we staying up to date with technology in this fast changing world?
Are we setting the right goals to achieve our dreams?
Are we pursuing interests that stretch and motivate us?
Are we setting ourselves up at midlife for the rest of our lives?
How much time and effort do we take to take stock of our own component parts to check our life worthiness in comparison with checking our cars road worthiness?
Time to take time out to do just that!!!
We can get so involved in our daily routines that it can be easy to neglect elements of our lives , where we may not notice the impact of this neglect today, but we may come to regret it later – especially when we realise that small changes made today could have a much more positive impact in later life. Whether its taking that 20 minute walk every day, making time to socialise with friends, learning new skills to challenge our brains. Small changes can keep our engines running more smoothly!
What would you add to the list if you were to undergo a midlife MOT? And where would you place your efforts to pass your Midlife MOT?