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How to find your calling later in life

August 19, 2014

Some people go their whole lives without finding their passion. According to The Huffington Post, for Genevie Kocourek, it took most of her adult life. After years of working in corporate America, Kocourek spun her career - and her life - in a completely different direction that was inspired by her love of rock climbing. She's proof that, no matter your age, you can always change your life for the better. In fact, finding a passion and staying mentally and physically active is a large part of a healthy lifestyle for seniors. As a 59-year-old woman living out her dreams, Kocourek is now happier than ever, the source indicated.

From IT to MD
After taking courses on how to help her fellow rock climbers in case of a medical emergency, Kocourek realized that the medical profession was her calling, the news source reported. Although she had no medical background - she was an IT director - she decided to take advantage of early retirement and go back to school to become a doctor. After years of balancing work, school, residencies and family life, she graduated from med school and now runs her own holistic medicine practice. 

Finding your calling
Even if you don't see medical school in your future, you can still use Kocourek's story as inspiration to find what speaks to you. Retirement is an opportunity to explore your hobbies and pursue different interests. U.S. News & World Report suggested choosing a hobby during retirement that could promote healthy aging and earn you some money in the process. If you've always been interested in arts and crafts and other do-it-yourself projects, this could be the perfect time to expand on it. Try designing jewelry or painting and putting your creations up for sale on sites like Etsy. Selling one of your creations could make your hobby that much more exciting.

If you'd prefer something less hands-on, coin collecting is another way to keep busy and and possibly even turn the hobby into cash. Some people are drawn to the activity because it fulfills their passion for history. When your collection is complete, you can either keep it as a memento of a completed project, or you can sell it on eBay to another history buff. Sharing your hobby with another person could be exactly what you need to feel a sense of purpose and excitement.