SINGAPORE: A man took to Reddit for advice after feeling like his life purpose has somewhat diminished after he turned 50 years old and he has fewer responsibilities and concerns.
u/Beneficial-Cry-1935 wrote on Thursday (July 20) that he is “Losing my sense of purpose past my 50th birthday.”
He wrote that both he and his wife are already 50 years old and are enjoying good health.
“1 of our children just started working after graduating from NUS, while the other will be starting his 3rd Year there soon. We have sufficient savings and investments to contemplate retiring in the next 1 -2 years. Our home is fully paid for and we have another property that is giving us a good monthly rental,” he added.
u/Beneficial-Cry-1935 also wrote that he’s thankful that they can stop working soon and that he and his wife should be “relatively stress-free.”
However, he wondered aloud “Why then do I feel rather empty inside?” and also asked if it’s common for people older than 50 or who are approaching retirement to feel the same way he does.
He ended his post by writing, “It’s as if I have nothing to look forward to except for my children’s wedding and having grandkids. Is this part and parcel of ageing?”
Some Reddit users told him what he feels is quite normal.
Others, however, encouraged him to find new pursuits to keep him engaged.
One wrote, “There’s probably tons of things to do, what you’re really missing is the structured life – wake up, go to work, go home, sleep. Rinse and repeat. You’ll have to dig in and find hobbies you used to do or explore things you were interested in,” which the post author seemed to find helpful.