Before I got to fifty, I was utterly fed up with my job. It was the small town setting and the organisation I worked for rather than the work I was doing which was getting me down. So after some discussion my husband and I sold our home, packed up our belongings and moved up the island to a very large city. Where we started our own company doing the same tasks as before, everybody thought I was mad, with no business experience, not a lot of money, and going where nobody knew me. The comments from my family were heartfelt compared with colleagues and management. Everybody predicted doom and gloom and my old boss told me that when I came back with my tail between my legs, she might consider me for my old position. My dad called me brave and said I would always have a home with them.
Well I will be sixty next birthday and we are still here, marriage intact and heads above the water. It has been tough. I know more about accounting and financial management than I ever thought possible. My husband can now run a network system and went from working in an almost all male setting, to dealing with small children and women. BUT WE LOVE IT. Yes there have been times when we wondered whether we would get to the end of funding period, and we did not have a holiday for 6 years. I get up in the morning rushing to get to down to work and see what the day will bring. We have taken our company in a completely different direction from the one we planned for at the beginning and you know what, that is wonderful. I have been invited to international conferences all over world to talk about my work, and I get invited to the Ministry to give guidance and help to others. We will never be money rich, but rich in choices and experiences. I would not swop this life for my old one
If I had listened to all those who had my best interests in mind when they advised me not to do it I would still working for someone else. I would have paid regularly and still fed up. Who knows what lies ahead for your cousin, let her try.
Edited because i should know about plurals at sixty.