If there must be “rules” then I have found this to be the best one to use during my mid life years, please read on & discover what it is…….
I love my “mid life ” years and have written a few posts on this topic. Links to some of these are at the foot of this post if you would like to view/bookmark at your leisure. I have also included this video on some further thoughts of mine regarding this post, hopefully you enjoy…..
When I entered my mid life, I scarcely gave it a thought. Then things started to happen, strange things. I began to question what I was doing, work wise firstly. I began to think about Life more broadly. Maybe my thinking was too narrow to start with. Does this sound familiar?
I had a happy family environment and mostly everything was going along swimmingly…..Life was pretty much “a beach”. However something kept nagging at me…….maybe at you as well?
Your mid life years are to be treasured. They may take some getting used to if “hitting 40” is a big deal to you but it shouldn’t be. I’m not a great one about worrying about the calendar of Life, they are just numbers after all. However, if reaching 40 does impact upon you and give you a “shakeup” then that’s a good thing, isn’t it?
It’s how you ‘feel’ that matters( not the numbers) And it’s this “feeling” that grows as you move through your mid life years (I won’t use terms such as “getting older” or “aging”). I can’t quite put my finger on it, I guess it differs for all of us however my “feeling” has been one of wanting to achieve more and that I have untapped capabilities. I also feel fit, healthy and virtually indestructible. So this ‘feeling’ about yourself, your attitude toward yourself & Life will always play a large part in how your Life works out.
Be prepared for more learning…..So, how do I learn?
and this leads me to the No1 thing that I am always coming back to…….
The One Golden Rule and I am not a fan of “rules” however this is a good one to have. Asking Questions, it get you places, it opens doors and is the gateway to further learning & opportunities. I’ll qualify this….. asking yourself questions gets you places…..& then if you run out of questions, go ask ‘the right people’ to get you even further.
This I believe is so important to understand in our mid life, because our questions change. They are different from our earlier years. So we need to up our skills at questioning or maybe we have lost the art of asking the right questions?….. something to consider?
We may have gotten used to accepting how things are and how we think that they are likely to pan out.
Accepting ‘what is’ and ‘what is likely’ is being less of what you can be
You can continue that way and float through Life or you can exercise your ‘power’ by asking. I see the ‘asking’ as rather like a personal challenge. If I can overcome this challenge, then I am better for it.
So, if you want to thrive in your mid life years, just ask yourself “How can I make this better and even more enjoyable?” …….that question may open the floodgates, keep asking, keep refining your questions and the answers will also get better.
There’s a few questions in the links below that may get your thoughts percolating, if they aren’t already.
Now, who’s up for a question or two?
be good to yourselves
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Some Related articles of mine:
- More Self Discovery Questions for Mid Life “Newbies”
- 11 Reasons to look beyond 40 and say….. “bring it on”
- Life Goals…..achieving the big ones, after 40
- What’s your excuse (for not living your Prime Time)?
- 21 Self Discovery Questions to enrich your Mid Life Journey
- 40-60 The Age of Learning & Discovery