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9 Things To Do Before It’s Too Late

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe once said, ‘Live each day as if your life had just begun”. That’s the motivation behind this post.

We want you to get the most out of your life. And since you don’t know when illness, serious injury, or death might strike, we think the best time to start living your life may be now. So here’s our list of some of the things you can do while you’re still fit in body and mind:

1. Hit your fitness goal

Have you ever wanted to run an ultra-marathon or compete in an iron-man competition? Have you ever imagined being a yoga master or shedding 10 kilograms?

American motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said, “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse”. Perhaps he’s right, perhaps he’s not. But either way, it may be worth giving this goal a go while you’re fit and active.

2. Learn a new language

Learning a new language can help you stave of dementia.

Learning a new language may help you understand other cultures and other ways of thinking or it could improve your employability. And that’s not to mention how it may help you out when you jet set overseas.

On another note, learning a language may even improve your health. Among other things, learning a language may:

  • help stave off dementia
  • restore cognitive functions after a stroke more quickly
  • boost your memory and attention span
  • improve your multitasking capabilities.

3. Register to donate your organs

Some 1600 people are on the transplant waiting list at any one time, yet less than one per cent of hospital deaths happen in the right circumstances to make donation possible. Every new registration may count.

You could save the lives of up to 10 people if you register to donate your organs. You might be able to donate your kidneys, heart, liver, and pancreas, as well as bone, skin and eye tissue, to someone in need.

Just about anyone can donate – there’s no age limit (although you must be at least 16 years old to register).

4. Volunteer

Studies have shown that volunteering can improve physical and emotional health.

In a 2011 study, Stephen Post asked volunteers how they felt about volunteering. Just under 70 per cent said they felt physically healthier. More than 70 per cent said volunteering lowered their stress levels. And nearly 80 per cent said it improved their emotional health.

Volunteers are found to sleep better, to be less anxious, and to have greater control over chronic conditions. But perhaps most importantly of all is that more than 90 per cent said volunteering enriched their sense of purpose in life.

If you started your current career path out of necessity, a job change might make you more satisfied at work and with life generally.

5. Consider a career change

Perhaps you’ve always wanted to become a teacher, or you’ve developed a new interest in politics. Perhaps you started your current career path out of necessity, or perhaps you’ve adopted a new passion you could possibly turn into paid work.

If you’ve dreamed of owning a B&B or becoming an aid worker, why not work towards turning this dream into a feasible outcome? A career change might help you:

  • increase your job satisfaction
  • enjoy personal fulfilment through pursuing a passion
  • enhance or optimise your skill set
  • revitalise your life.

6. Adopt that hobby you’ve always put off

It's never too late to learn the piano, for example - you just have to take the first step.

Whether you have wanted to learn to sew, play the piano or kite surf, you’ll only get it done if you actually take the first step!

Make note! Picking up a high-risk activity, such as skydiving, might impact on your life insurance policy.

7. Pursue further education

Among the institutions that mature-age students can choose from are The University of the Third Age (U3A), an international movement whose aims are the education and stimulation of mainly retirees.

Whether you’re going on 21 or 61, you can always pursue further education. You might be interested in changing careers (see above), or you might want to improve your skills in your current job. Perhaps you’d just like to study to learn more about the world.

There are a few schooling options for young and old. You could consider returning to university or TAFE, picking up a degree through Open Universities Australia, or, if you’re a senior, becoming a member of U3A.

8. Write a will

Preparing for your death is often about being responsible for what, and who, you would leave behind. Leaving a will makes it clear where you intend your assets to go. Without a will, you have no control over the distribution of your estate; it is left to the state to decide.

If you die without a will, your family may endure complications, delays and extra costs. And if you have no close relatives, your estate will go to the government.

9. Visit that destination you’ve always dreamt about

You may want to put picturesque Kangaroo Island on your bucket list of places to visit in Australia.

You don’t know what could happen tomorrow, so maybe it’s time to start saving up for that Tahitian bungalow or Alaskan hike you’ve always dreamt about.

Make the most of your long-service leave with a whirlwind around-the-world trip. Or embrace the grey nomadic lifestyle in your retirement with an all-Australian road trip encompassing these top 20 Aussie bucket list-destinations.


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