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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For all those ‘followers’ out there, every morning when you rise,
REPEAT THESE WORDS.
Break away! Let us all become what we are truly meant to be!
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.
On my Facebook account, one of the very few apps I have installed is a daily inspirational message app. Each morning, I read these little messages as a little jump start to my day. In these past few weeks, they have been so on point, I am less and less inclined to think these are coincidental, considering where I am in my life right now. Here is today’s message:
Change is the very nature of life – welcome it.
No glass ever became sand again; No bread ever became wheat; No ripened fruit ever became a flower. Welcome change, and choose what kind of glass you create, what kind of bread you bake, what kind of fruit you harvest.
“You are powerful beyond your imagination.”
“You have created your life, and the good news is, if you don’t like it, you can change it. Remember, your life is created first in your mind, then in the world.”
– from The Passion Test
I love the Zen saying, “Leap and the Net Will Appear”. There have been times in my life when I’ve had to tackle difficult challenges that to some would seem insurmountable, yet with courage and faith I made the leap and that net did in fact appear.
As I approach the big 5-0, I have made a decision that I am going to live the next half of my life on MY terms. I will no longer be a slave to any vocation that no longer fills me with joy, or a sense of purpose. The beauty of this epiphany is I can do anything I want! The problem is, I have absolutely no idea what that is. It’s a though this is some kind of cynical test in the big game of life. You finally get to a place in your life where you are no longer trapped by financial constraints; you can ‘get out’ when you want to get out, have the ability to get out, but don’t know where you will go once you do get out.
I am ready to LEAP. I know the net will appear. Now I just have to find out where and what I am supposed to leap to.
Okay, I am at a crossroads in my life where I am asking myself many of these questions: “What’s next?” “Is this really what I’m supposed to be doing with my life?” I just have a sense that I was meant to do something else with my life (big or small) but have no idea what that something is. I am feeling “stuck”. What about you?
I have embarked on a journey of self-discovery and reinvention to try to find the answers to these questions plaguing me. And so, Project Reinvention was born.
So join me as I explore this new world of “midlife”. This blog is my way of sharing information and inspiration with other women who find themselves at this stage of their life. Hopefully my blog can help you (including me) get “unstuck” and inspire you to find that road to reinvention.
What you desire, you deserve.