So, you’re somewhere north of 50 years old. Welcome to Future After 50! We’re here to help you anticipate your future.
Just because you’ve passed that milestone when AARP promotions started filling your mailbox doesn’t mean that the future is no longer something to look forward to and/or worry about. Whether you’ve got another 10 years, or 40 or 50 ahead, your future is what’s important. The past is … well, history. You’ve got now, and you’ve got your future.
Here’s the thing: The future isn’t what it used to be. It’s speeding up. Change is happening at an ever-quickening pace. (Ponder how much your mobile phone has improved and advanced in just the last few years, to see what I mean.) Ten years from now, the world – your world – is going to be very different than what you experience today. Twenty years from now, much will look unrecognizable.
For example, by 2037, you or I may not be safe to drive an automobile, nor want to, but we’ll still have our mobility without being dependent on other human beings. Driverless cars, still in their infancy in 2017, should be ubiquitous and work great in a couple decades. Hey, even young people probably won’t be driving in the conventional sense, but will use driverless vehicles to get around. That’s going to be a profound change in your life 20 years hence.
This website and blog – and a “Future After 50” book that I’m currently researching and writing – will be your guide to what to expect as you move through your post-50 years. I hope that you’ll subscribe to the articles that I publish here, read the articles that I write on the topic of the future of aging in various publications, and watch out for my upcoming book. Those of us over 50 have a fascinating future to look forward to, and I will guide you through it.
Before I close out this brief introduction to Future After 50, I want to be clear about something. This website is NOT about predicting the future. I cannot predict the future, and neither can anyone else. What those of us who ponder the future professionally can do is make educated projections of what’s “likely” to happen, or what’s “probable,” based on a variety of tools developed by people who call themselves “futurists.” One of the most important tools of the trade is the scenario. Futurists typically scope out several likely or probable future scenarios for any one topic, and you’ll often see me use this technique here.
So, here we are at the beginning of your future after 50. Let’s proceed!
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