Reflecting on life after 50
How do people past their 50s see their personal and societal role?
This was a question explored by 11 participants at a workshop-cum-day of recollection on Oct 24.
Titled God’s Gift of Years, the first workshop of its kind at the Jesuit-run Kingsmead Centre saw participants spending quiet time to discover their unique gifts and wisdom.
They also engaged in journaling to recall their own life stories.
Facilitators Diana Tan and Diana Koh reminded participants that as they age, they should pay attention to how they treat their bodies, and that they should eat healthily and maintain a regular exercise regime.
Mentally, the willingness to learn new things and engage with people and the community would keep them in good mental health, they shared. Spiritually, one also needs to reconnect with God and be grateful for all His gifts, they added.
The workshop drew attention to the fact that people in their advanced years need care, and are dependent on others to care for them. How then do they find ways to maintain and enhance mutual caring following Jesus’s examples?
Said facilitator Diana Tan, “As we move into old age, we stop our busyness to listen to the inner, the interior landscape of our being, our soul. We encounter our innate inner wisdom and connect once again with the God of wisdom who lives inside us. God-with-us.”
Co-facilitator Diana Koh also shared how she navigated her post-50 years and how she is still learning to be still and allow God to envelop her with His unconditional love.
Participants said they learnt much from the workshop.
“The workshop answered some of my inner questions and stressed the need and importance of self-care,” wrote one participant in her comments.