Well…..what do you think about that?
Can it be true that we need to wait until we reach 40 years of age, before we start living …..fully?
Are the previous years just practise?
From my perspective (being over 40, over 50 actually), my first 40 years were very much a ‘practise run’…..
I learned, made mistakes, lost myself, tried to work out what I really wanted to do, had fun.
Since turning 40…..I’ve learned, made mistakes, lost myself, tried to work out what I really wanted to do, had fun.
So, what’s the difference?
- I’ve learned more, much more
- I’ve made many more mistakes
- I actually (eventually) worked out what I really wanted to do
- I keep having Fun (because that’s what we are supposed to do)
“So what”, you might be saying. The key difference for me, has been that I have been prepared to learn more & make more mistakes. In earlier years, “I knew too much”, my learning curve tailed off… and I saw ‘mistakes’ as just that.
Now I am aware that ‘learning’ never ceases & that ‘mistakes’ are just another way to learn.
My experiences may be similar to some however we do have our own unique Lives. Working out what you want to do with your Life comes early (and easily) to some. I thought that I had it worked out but circumstances changed for me. Others will continue on their path right thru their lives from an early age.
I had a nagging ‘voice’ inside my head and a “pull” to go in other directions. I won’t bore you with the detail however I did find my true calling. In fact, it had been there all along, only hidden from my immediate view.
It gradually revealed itself at the right time…it just took awhile…and it may for you as well…don’t be disheartened, Life can be mysterious. Which brings me back to the “Life begins @ 40” thing. I mentioned being aware. This took me many years to fully grasp.
And this is the reason why I found “my calling”. Awareness started opening doors. I didn’t have the keys before.
So much happens to us pre 40 that it’s often difficult to have it all soak in…it just happens, whether we know it or not. That was me. Not any more, it’s soaking in now.
Life takes time to Live. We are like maturing wine, getting better as the years roll by. Sure, our earlier years are fantastic. A great experience. We practise lots of stuff. Sometimes we get it right, sometimes we don’t. But that’s OK.
It’s what you do with the “rights” and the “wrongs” that will define you…..it just takes time.
be good to yourselves
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