We hear it all the time: You should slow down once you turn 50 years old. You’re getting older, so you should take it easy and not have any risks. A recent study suggests the opposite. You should take more risks at middle age. Are you surprised, or are you even more excited to start planning your next adventure?

Learn To Act Boldly

In 2017, Jeannie Ralston teamed up with her friend, Lori Seekatz, to launch Next Tribe, a website that encourages women over 50 to “Act Boldly” and consider all the opportunities ahead of them in their senior years.

“I feel young inside,” Ralston said. “I wanted to create a site that reflects that.”

Many of their readers are empty nesters, but they have so much potential. Ralston recommends traveling as much as possible, especially after retirement.

Best Years Are Straight Ahead

Just because you’re growing older, your best years aren’t behind you. Instead, you have many adventures ahead. In case you’re wondering, Ralston knows this from personal experience. She’s had her fair share of crazy adventures.

Ralston, along with her husband, has traveled all over the world for her work as a journalist for National Geographic. They traveled to Mexico, France, South America, eastern Asia, and others.

But if you ask Ralston, she’s not slowing down any time soon.

It’s Okay To Take Risks

Change is good, as Ralston attests. Her family has downsized their home, bought electric cars, and uses solar power to provide energy to the home and cars.

In addition, she organizes group travels to Charleston, South Carolina, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, to encourage more spontaneous adventures.

“It’s okay to take risks,” Ralston said. “There’s absolutely nothing wrong with getting out of your comfort zone.”

Don’t slow down in your senior years. Live your life to the fullest and make the adventures count.