Over 50s are becoming more daring with their hobbies and interests – with marathons, hand-gliding and getting a TATTOO among the top 50 things they want to experience.
A poll of 2,000 adults over 50 found 47 per cent have a new outlook on life as 62 per cent are keen to embrace things more now than they used to.
Writing a book, taking up skiing and conquering a mountain are among the things on their list after 53 per cent firmly believe ‘age is just a number’.
While becoming fluent in a new language, running a marathon and finally learning an instrument they’ve always wanted to play also feature.
Ryan Howsam, founder and CEO at Staysure, which commissioned the survey, said: “We all know being 50 isn’t old, but most of us regard it as one of life’s milestones.
“It’s great to see people of this age and older adopting a zest for life and fulfilling life-long ambitions.
“As the research suggests, this is because they now have more time for themselves and feel ready to take on new challenges.”
Young at heart
More than half (52 per cent) think it’s important to have aspirations with three in 10 more likely to fulfil these now they are at a later stage in life.
Reasons for this include having more spare time (62 per cent), retirement (43 per cent) and no longer having children who live at home (37 per cent).
It’s also important for 73 per cent to have these ambitions so there is something for them to aim for, while 35 per cent are keen to show people that there are no restrictions once you turn the big 5 0.
What’s more, a quarter said their 20s was when they had the most life ambitions but only 14 per cent were able to achieve these during that decade.

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