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50 Things to Get Busy Doing Before 50 1. Reach 49.

2. Forgive. Doesn’t matter if they deserve it, you do.

3. Some people will be negative and hate, so what, what’s that got to do with you?

4. Learn your parents, family, and friends’ stories.

5. Ignore people who tell you to try surfing or skydiving or extreme sports if you don’t want to do it, they’re not going to spend the time in hospital or rehab.

6. Help someone who needs help and don’t tell a single soul you did it.

7. Learn to compromise.

8. Conquer a fear. Doesn’t have to be a big one.

9. Take the time to write that email, make that call, write a letter, visit, send a card, it may not matter, but what if it does?

10. Ask for help. Accept it gratefully.

11. Smile. Laugh. Often. Quit thinking about why. Smile. Laugh.
12. Cry. Into someone’s shoulder, a pillow, a cat or dog, a tub of ice cream, a gooey chocolate bar, but cry.

13. Walk. Look around. Walk some more.

14. Quit measuring. Your food. Waist. Accomplishments. What others have. Still measure before cutting wood, fabric, and when you bake.

15. Nurture yourself so you can nurture others. The world works best when everyone cares for someone.

16. Say yes more often.

17. Say no more often.

18. Do something you didn’t think you could do. Maybe you still can’t, but isn’t it glorious that you tried?

19. Read. Doesn’t matter what.

20. Laugh so hard it hurts and you think someone might call in help because there’s something wrong.

21. Don’t be too serious, it causes wrinkles and it’s no fun.

22. Believe in something, stand behind it, no matter what.

23. Find some magic, whether it’s in a book, a sunset, a blog post, a smile, a party, a kiss, a moment…Find it and keep it.

24. Belt out a song at Karaoke, especially one you don’t know or with inappropriate lyrics.

25. Watch the stars…sleep under them if possible.

26. Roll down a grassy hill with your friend (make sure there’s nothing in the way first).

27. Change your hair, not to follow a style, or to cover gray hair, or because someone tells you that you should.

28. Let go of hate.

29. Lay and watch clouds for a minimum of one hour. You’re welcome.

30. Sit alone in a restaurant, don’t hide behind a book or your phone or pretend to be engrossed in your noodles (they’re not that fascinating). Look around, be in the moment.

31. Make an unrealistic wish on a shooting star.

32. Have a huge crush that can never be returned. It’s freeing.

33. Follow a dream, even if everyone tells you it’s ridiculous, especially if everyone tells you it’s ridiculous.

34. Move forward. You don’t have a time machine.

35. Compassion first. Compassion second. Compassion third. You get the idea.

36. Be so completely wrong you’ll never believe how wrong you were.

37. Be so completely right no one will ever believe how right you were.

38. Visit Niagara Falls, really, any enormous waterfall will do. You will walk away with a million and half questions about the universe.

39. Don’t follow trends or fads, do what you want, your time is limited.

40. Be like your parents.

41. Don’t be like your parents.

42. The answer to life, the universe and everything. Use it wisely and sparingly.

43. Stop saying, ‘Life isn’t fair’. It never was.

44. Be happy with what you have and what you are – at least it’s real.

45. Have goals. Fulfill some.

46. Stop using the word ‘impossible’. Substitute ‘improbable’ if you must.

47. Spend a whole day just listening.

48. Spend a whole day telling the truth.

49. There’s no scorecard, so be yourself, quit trying to get points.

50. Life is too short to do someone else’s bucket list. Be your best you….at any age.



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219 thoughts on “50 Things to Get Busy Doing Before 50

    1. Things to do before you’re 60? 😉 lol
      That’s why we all need to do what works for us. 🙂
      Thanks for dropping by, Teagan, so far, so good. 🙂
      Megahugs, sweetie, hope you’re doing ok today. 🙂

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    1. Thank you kindly for the reblog, sweetie, you’re always so generous and lovely. 🙂
      Yes, I think it works for any age (substitute any age for 49). 🙂
      Hope this day is treating you kindly, Elena. 🙂

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      1. I can’t find the words to express how beautiful and wonderful this post is. Thank you for creating! P.S. I shared on my living with batman facebook and pinterest accounts!


      1. Not at all. In fact, I wasn’t trying to ask you your age. Just asking if you had enough time to finish the list. A guy tries to be polite and he still hears it… 😛


  1. Sounds like you’ll be entering your fifties with a better head on your shoulders than I did! Good for you! Bucket lists are silly things, in my opinion.


    1. Thank you kindly. 🙂
      I think they enjoy it so much they assume everyone will…I really have no idea. Good question though, maybe someone who does that stuff will let us in on it. 🙂


      1. I’m not good at wallowing, I’m just not a wallower…hey, I just noticed wallower looks a lot like wallflower, sorry, what were we talking about? 😉


    1. These work for any age, 50 is just the one I’m closest to, but for me they’re just numbers, it’s really never about that, is it?
      Thank you kindly, as always, Tess, hope this day is a wonderful one for you.


    1. Wasn’t he a lawyer in ‘Angel’, wow, I’m scared to even know if I actually remember that. He sings too, right? Excellent crush that can never be returned, Kate, very freeing. 🙂


  2. What a great list, all spot-on. Oh yes, the magic number of 50. Hmmmm I’m so past that and hitting sixty – looking forward to seeing one day your list at that oh so, young number.


    1. I’m just thrilled people not only like it, but I’m fascinated to see how different ones strike a chord with different people. 🙂
      Thanks for dropping by, hope this day is being good to you. 🙂


  3. I started laughing out loud at 42! I have a friend who often ponders “meaning of life” stuff in her facebook posts, and my response to her questions is always “42.”
    Love these lists!


      1. I usually feel like I’m the only one who “gets” that reference here. Heaven knows my friends always stare at me in complete confusion. 😉


  4. Very good list, I turned 50 some months ago but did achieve some big goals in my 40’s. It is important to try something new, maybe learn something new, just to keep the mind open all life 😀


  5. Wish I had more time to look at all of this, but I loved #1. I laughed. 11 pm on a school night, so I gotta go. Thanks so much for your visit to my site this weekend. I’m glad you liked my Email post. Goodnight.

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  6. Love the list … especially #1. My next count is 64. That’s a mighty big list.
    I still feel about 18 in my head so maybe I’ll do my list in reverse order.
    All the best. Your blog is excellent. Kris.


    1. Thank you kindly for the reblog. 🙂
      Yes, you should always follow your dreams, especially when people scoff or say your dreams are ridiculous.
      Hope this day treats you well. Thanks again. 🙂


  7. Just what I needed to read with 50 being right around the corner! Life goes by too quickly, and this is a good reminder to slow down and live purposefully.


    1. Those are big steps, and yes, age is often accompanied by wisdom and hopefully, sometimes, peace. 🙂
      Thank you so much for dropping by, hope this day is treating you kindly, my friend. 🙂

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    1. Awww, thanks, Shareen, you just made my day! Hopefully we can all be that magic for someone, even if a little and it will make everything better. 🙂
      Take care, big hugs and hope this week is being good to you so far. 🙂


      1. I’ve had just about every colour hair, sometimes at the ame time, I can’t remember if I did pink. Right now I’m growing my hair out to my ‘natural’ colour – haven’t seen it in several decades. Go for pink! It will look awesome on you. 🙂

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    1. It’s certainly a wonder to look at. It’s also fun to go under (they have a tour underneath The Falls), and on (boat tour). Hope you get there, you’ll love it. 🙂


  8. Reblogged this on and commented:
    No. 51 (move to No. 1) – Read this list!

    I am well over 50 and have done about half this list and still have time left to do the rest!


  9. Great list. I have too many favorites on the list to choose one. Two that seemed to linger longer with me are
    – saying “no” is liberating, as we try to please and sometimes we overcommit to everyone’s detriment.
    – I also like there not being a scorecard, so be yourself.
    Nicely done, Keith


  10. Great list! My grandmother just turned 86 this week and I realized that I don’t know all her stories (how she met her husband, her wedding, her childhood, divorce, etc….) I really should find out those things to pass on to my children. Thanks for the reminder!!


    1. Oh my goodness, thank you, I’m so glad you liked it and so thrilled it’s going to be on #TrafficJamWeekend – what an awesome party, each and every week! Thank you again and hope this week is treating you well. 🙂


    1. Thanks for the lovely feature!!! Sorry to be late, but this weekend, to be honest, this weekend plus didn’t turn out the way I thought it would and time ran away. But I thank you, thank you, thank you so much for sharing this and I enjoyed reading so many blog posts/sharing posts. Hope this week is treating you all kindly. 🙂


    1. Thanks for the lovely feature!!! Sorry to be late, but this weekend, to be honest, this weekend plus didn’t turn out the way I thought it would and time ran away. But I thank you, thank you, thank you so much for sharing this and I enjoyed reading so many blog posts/sharing posts. Hope this week is treating you all kindly. 🙂


  11. HI Donna,
    This may have been the first post of yours I’ve ever read! So memorable!
    Thanks for bringing your post to the Blogger’s Pit Stop last week.
    Janice, Pit Stop Crew


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