Conscious living, conscious exercising, conscious breathing - everything has now become conscious. Even hobbies can be conscious, meaning that you should take them up because you want to do so. During your life, there have certainly been situations where you wanted to do something just because other people did that. As you have reached your fifties or sixties, you finally have the cognitive basis and wisdom to opt for what you like. Read on to choose something new from the list below.
1. Playing a Musical Instrument
If you ask ten random people about their childhood dream, the chances are high that half of them would remember wanting to become an artist. Some of them would specify that they wanted to play a musical instrument, but the parents told them not to do so. The same could have happened to you. At any given time of your life, you might have wanted to start a musical career. However, you were afraid of those uncharted waters, questioned your abilities, or thought that the number of successful artists was already high. Those were and are only thoughts: you can start little by little right now. You have the skills to give your musical self a try and experiment. Whether you go to a music school or begin watching a virtuoso Youtuber, the music in your mind is waiting to be heard.
2. Reading, Reading, Reading
Reading makes for a hobby that everyone has considered at least once. Why? It helps you be equipped with knowledge in different aspects. As you already have extensive life experience, you would certify that multifaceted knowledge is an asset. The more you read, the more situations and scenarios you can live with the help of the characters. You keep your imagination and feelings working: they keep you alive inside. All the things you can dream about nurture your inner child who provides you with enthusiasm and strength to continue exploring life. So often, seniors fall into depression as they don’t know what to do next, and they long for the past. Reading can serve as a key to studying more opportunities and biographies of others to find clues to what you can do next.
Sometimes meditation seems like a scam to unprepared seniors: you sit and imagine. What’s the point? Instead of that, you can do something in the real world. What those seniors don’t know is that meditation is the key to the inner world, and the world that surrounds you is the projection of it. You spot outside what you have inside, not the other way around. Meditation helps you stay connected with your true self, your sincere wants, and needs, but also acknowledge your fears. While meditating, you dig deep into yourself, trying to find answers to existential questions that you long had but didn’t allocate time to answer. So, when you have the answers in you and have calmed down inside, you will notice how the outside world changes in response to your updated state of mind.
4. Learning a New Language
Interestingly, learning a new language has become easy today, yet many hardly consider it seriously. In the abundance of language learning apps, you can start today with one language, tomorrow learn another, and decide that your tongue is the one and only. Think of a language that would help you in a specific field to prevent such a dilemma. For example, you want to relocate, or you want to travel. Yes, the world speaks English, but isn’t it better to know the native tongue of the country and culture you have always admired? Also, learning something new keeps your brain active and pushes it to develop new neural connections. Some studies have shown that this can hinder the development of illnesses, such as Alzheimer's.
5. Training Financial Literacy
Seniors are known for having some savings that can help them afford to live the way they used to. However, this also makes them an easy target for those agencies that want to sell seniors things they don’t need. Marketers know that seniors have those funds and can buy items for their children or grandchildren. Training financial literacy and knowing that such scams can occur helps seniors be more aware of what their money should be used for. On the other hand, seniors who are still working, need to file tax documents, and applying for professional assistance would be the right step. Tax preparation, especially when it comes to tax refund files, requires professionalism and experience. This can help seniors pay as much as they need and use the tax breaks and advantages the government usually provides them.