Embracing Life After 50: Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

Learning to follow my own advice!


Michelle Lofton

1/29/20242 min read

I want to share a personal journey that has been both exciting and challenging as I venture into life after 50. I've always considered myself an introvert, and I often find comfort in solitude. That's why I wrote my book, "Branching out after 50," as a source of encouragement and motivation for myself.

As we entered 2024, I decided it was time to take my own advice and seize new opportunities. One of the most significant steps I've taken is reconnecting with a part of my past that had been dormant for far too long. Back when I was an undergraduate, I pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a sisterhood that holds a special place in my heart. However, life took me on a different path, and I hadn't been an active member since March 1990.

Over the years, I had been following several local AKA chapters on social media, trying to find the perfect fit. I knew that I wanted to be part of a chapter where I could connect with members on a personal level, and where it felt like a warm and welcoming community. I found just that in a smaller chapter with just over 200 members, and I already knew some of the women in it. It just felt right.

Stepping out of my comfort zone, I reached out to the chapter, and before I knew it, I had joined the ranks of my new sorority sisters. Despite my initial apprehension and introverted tendencies, I decided to get involved right away. I joined the dining squad and the choral squad, and I'm already looking forward to participating in various events and activities with my new sorors.

This is my life after 50—a journey of self-discovery, personal growth, and breaking out of my introverted shell. It goes to show that it's never too late to embrace new experiences and reconnect with parts of your past that bring you joy and fulfillment.

So, whether you're an introvert like me or someone who thrives in social settings, remember that life after 50 can be filled with exciting adventures and opportunities. It's all about taking that leap of faith, following your heart, and living life to the fullest.

Stay tuned for more updates on my journey, and let's embrace this exciting chapter of life together!