A Fifty Plus Life Reimagined

By on August 26, 2018

After much prayer and soul searching I relocated to the Greater Atlanta Area from Greenville, SC. It was something I had considered for a while but not seriously until a year after finding myself suddenly single and alone. I had many reasons why it didn’t make sense at this stage of my life to just pick up and move. Why would anyone in their right mind choose to start over in their fifty plus years? Moving meant leaving a stable job that most mornings I did not mind waking up to go too. I was prepared from day one to settle in until retirement. It meant leaving one son and moving closer to another one. In my heart, I knew it would be beneficial to his growth if I moved. I had started building friendships with a wonderful group of women also in their fifties and in various stages of transition. To be honest, there was no real reason to move; however, there was something inside me that would not allow me to continue life as it was. Not that life was bad, but I knew that there was more to life than the status quo.

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This transition has turned into much more than leaving one location to live in another. Let’s face it, my plan really was to live the same life only in a different state. I would say I was comfortable with my life, but I was not satisfied with my life. Once I made the decision to move everything fell into place. I had found somewhere to live, I had a church to attend and I knew a few people. All I needed to do was show up and find employment preferably with a not for profit agency and life would be good. After a while, it became apparent that finding employment was not going to be as easy. This was not a part of my plan. Psalm 55:8 in the NLT version reads, “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine” and Jeremiah 29:11 in the NIV version reads, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”. I moved believing that things would happen a certain way. God evidently had plans that are different than anything I had imagined. I soon realized that it was not about finding the job; it was about finding me. This season of life has become a journey of self- discovery, and life reimagined. It has challenged me to take a long hard look at who I really am. It also has become a journey of learning to trust God like I never have before.

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As I journey to Finding My Fifty Plus Life, I have learned that there will always be something that will challenge me. John 16:33 says, I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. Whether I have a job, or I do not have a job my peace should be in Jesus no matter what. Through this journey, I am embracing who I am which is: a single woman in her late fifties, who is an empty nester with grey roots and have a little extra around the middle. I am learning that there is nothing wrong with me and it is OK if things do not go exactly as planned. What is important is to trust that God’s plan for my life. It is never too late for you to begin again. Perhaps you are in your fifties having to begin again or maybe you are considering it. No matter what it is, just do it, and we can find our fifty plus life together.

Clarissa Partlow is the creator of the Finding My Fifty Plus Life blog. She recently relocated to the Greater Atlanta Area. She is trusting God with every step of the journey. 


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A Fifty Plus Life Reimagined