Welcome to Episode 20 of the Forward From 50 podcast where we interview people over 50 who are pursuing new direction for their lives. It’s an opportunity for men and women to tell their stories, their way, in their own words. I’m Greg Gerber, the founder of Forward From 50 and your host for today’s show.
My goodness, it has been a while since I released an interview. I apologize for allowing life to get in the way. These have been amazing stories and I hope they inspire you as much as they inspire me.
You may have noticed that I rebranded podcast this from Passionate Purpose to the Forward From 50 podcast. The name just seemed more closely aligned with my overall mission, which is to help men and women over the age of 50 to live more passionate, productive and purposeful lives. Other than the name, nothing else will change – except, I will be releasing a new episode every week under the Forward From 50 brand.
You’re going to enjoy today’s interview. I’ll be speaking with a man from California who creates videos specifically for seasoned citizens to help them make the most of the rest of their lives.
Nick Lituanio’s YouTube videos often focus on these four areas:
- Making relationships count.
- Maintaining good health to enjoy a longer, productive life.
- Keeping dreams alive and working to pursue them.
- Remaining young at heart by pursuing adventure at any age.
Nick has always been a content producer. In fact, he made a career out of creating content, whether video or written, for his clients. When COVID arrived and shut everything down, Nick seized upon the opportunity to make entertaining videos for people to enjoy while they were locked down.
His early videos focused on physical fitness. As a certified personal trainer himself, Nick wanted to help people attain a level of fitness that would enable them to pursue whatever they wanted as they got older.
But, after realizing most people were more interested in videos about how to cut mangos than they were about maintaining muscle tone, Nick altered his focus as well. He started producing entertaining videos about things he likes to do and providing life advice.
He started a YouTube channel called Make the Most of the Rest of Your Life, which has more than 140 videos, most of which are just five or six minutes long.
Nick has a great purpose in helping people over 50 to make the most of the rest of their lives. His YouTube channel gives a nod toward having a limited amount of time left in this life. We have a choice, and can make life what we want it to be, or we can resign ourselves to living the type life most seniors did in the past when they watched television all day.
Nick is correct in saying we really do have an opportunity to create the type of life we want. For the first time in our lives, the guardrails are off and we have time available to do things we have been afraid to do.
I really appreciated Nick’s perspective on bucket lists as being excuses for not doing things we dream about doing right now. It’s human nature to put off to “someday” things that are important or which could be memorable if we took action to do it today. The problem is, “someday” may never arrive.
What I like most about Nick’s videos is that he is authentic. He’s not hiding behind filters and showcasing an unrealistic dream life promoted by many so-called “influencers” today. He creates content about things that are interesting to him, but in a way that makes it relevant to his listeners.
Nick is authentic in his videos. Rather than adopting a “Hey, look at me, I’m amazing and wonderful,” approach to online content creation, Nick says, “Hey, I found this to be fun and interesting, and I think you’d enjoy it, too.”
Afterall, as Nick so eloquently noted, “We need more than one thing to do in retirement to be happy and productive. In fact, we need multiple things to do. Don’t just sit there watching TV and railing at your cable company while turning into your father or grandfather. You do not need to live life the way they did. Make the most of the rest of YOUR life.”
That’s all I have for this week’s show. If you’d like help in identifying a purpose for your life or to get help planning your next steps, I’d enjoy an opportunity to have a phone call or meet on Zoom to do some brainstorming. For details, connect with me on Facebook or visit www.forwardfrom50.com.
That’s all for this week’s show. Next time, I will be speaking to a woman who left a 35-year career as a paralegal to start doing things she has always wanted to do. In fact, she earned a medal in the Arizona Senior Olympics for powerlifting less than six months after lifting her first weight. I’ll have that interview on the next episode of the Forward From 50 podcast. Thanks for listening. If you like this show, please consider leaving a review wherever you download the episodes.
After closing his business and enduring several painful years of uncertainty regarding what to do with his life, Greg founded Forward From 50 to help men and women over 50 to live more purposeful lives by pursuing things they are passionate about. A Wisconsin native, Greg currently lives in Arizona.