The beauty about getting older is really “getting” people. I now understand that I have a choice on who stays in my life and who does not. Food for thought…
Well, it’s here, it’s today and I don’t feel any different than yesterday.
I have decided that I am JUMPING into this chapter with abandon, liberation and an attitude that I will now consider my needs, wants and desires rather than always putting others’ ahead of me.
And so, I found this post on Pinterest and thought it was super appropriate…how thought provoking and inspiring as I shift into the next chapter of my life. Bring it on!
Go now, and live.
There’s something about turning 50 or being close to it that allows you to benefit from your hard-won experience. This is a time when our life lessons come home.
I remember when I was in my 20s and 30s thinking I had everything figured out. But now at almost 60? No comparison. In our younger years, we’re just gathering data. Then at some point our vision clears, and we’re able to assimilate it. Dr. Christiane Northrup would say that it’s because of our changing levels of hormones.
She believes that these hormones were responsible for keeping us complacent and placid during the years that we’re fertile. Otherwise, we might go crazy and do something bad to our babies or our mate. Then at a certain point your reproductive ability diminishes and the fog clears (again, this is according to her hypothesis).
The woman now has new perspective, and along with it…
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This is my new mantra for those pesky inner voices and limiting beliefs that seem to arrive just after I have given some thought to a new and creative idea for my ‘next chapter’. From now on, as soon as that bugger of an inner voice starts I will proclaim:
Fly! Be free!
This is statement that came out of my last coaching session and it has really resonated with me. Yes! I want to feel alive!
This life coaching process is kind of like therapy (only a lot cheaper) and I’m really diggin’ it. My seasoned coach asked me a ton of questions that I’ve never really given much thought to before, one of which was something along the lines of “what makes you feel alive?” I really had to think about that before I could answer. After feeling so lost this past 18 months, the only response I could come up with was “Yes! I want to feel alive!”
Digging deep into your true self and peeling back the layers is not an easy thing to do; this I am discovering. Hey, when was the last time anyone asked you “what do you really want to do?!” Think about it for a few minutes and try answering. It’s not as easy as it may seem.
It’s like we’re on the gerbil wheel of life and you keep spinning, spinning, just going through the motions. I believe it is so true that we are innately programmed to do the right thing, even if it is not something that brings us joy or fulfillment. We just stay on the gerbil wheel ’cause it’s what you are supposed to do.
It certainly doesn’t help when we are surrounded by friends and family who unknowingly (and unintentionally) feed us with negative energy and limiting beliefs that make us feel obligated or even guilty for wanting something more. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told to “suck it up”.
I’ve got two pages of “life purpose” exercises that I will read again today (for the umpteenth time) and I will try to dig a little deeper to find some answers. Personally, it’s more fun writing about this struggle than having to actually deal with it.
Who would have ever thought that a dream and a mouse would become the Disney empire we all know and love today. Walt Disney obviously conquered his “inner voices” by truly believing in his dream and making the dream happen. And BOY, did he ever make it happen.
Many of us have dreams of where we would like to be in life, where we would like to go. Some of us make these dreams happen and some of us keep on dreaming because those little voices inside our head tell us all the reasons why we can’t make our dreams come true.
Today I experienced a revelation: I now recognize my inner voice! This is my nasty negative inner voice that tells me “oh, you don’t have the credentials to do this” “come on, how are you going to make this happen?” “how would you even know where to start?” Are you familiar with this inner voice? Oh, I bet you are! We all have one. Some of us conquer it but sadly, most of us succumb to it.
During my first coaching session I was officially introduced to my inner voice and let me tell you, this voice is a powerful little bugger. When I dream my dream for the next chapter in my journey of life, this voice takes me from a creative high to a self-deprecating low in a manner of minutes.
In the wise words of my new coach, she told me “The universe supports patience and persistence; make peace with the process.” I can see this is going to be quite a process.