So, this may be a time of starting over for you or maybe a time of just starting. Does this resonate with you?
I have friends who are in varying stages of life. One who has an ailing husband, a few who are brand new empty nesters, one who is getting divorced, one who has started a new serious relationship, a few who have lost all of their material belongings in fires, one with adult children moving back home, several who are new grandparents, several with aging parents who require more and ever-changing care.
And then there is me, with 2 teenagers still in high school, with college (hopefully, she says while holding her breath) in the near future and an aging parent of failing health who requires more and more of my time and energy.
We are the female “Boomers”. We are at a crossroads and we want more than our parents wanted. We are healthier and living longer. We are not ready to go quietly into that good night. We are badass and we still have a lot that we want to see and do. We are in our prime!
Maybe you are one of the women I mentioned who are starting over. You are truly a blank canvas. Hopefully, you can take a page from Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, “Eat, Pray, Love” and do some soul searching and then take a leap of faith. You need time to reflect on what you want your life to be now. You can pretty much do whatever you want now. Why not let your imagination run wild, without abandon, and just entertain all ideas? What is it that you used to love, but let go because of other obligations? What are the things that you have always wanted to do, but felt held back, or just repressed those wants?
Perhaps you are just at a time in your life, married, single, widowed, kids grown, when you feel that it should be your time now. Yay for you, even getting to the point where you are thinking about putting you first! It is never too late to start something. Why not start something wonderful?
Just think of all of the wisdom you have from starting later? You’ve been around for a while, you have a certain assuredness about who you are and what you stand for, or what you would like to make of yourself and you feel ready to take this on. Good for you! You are a mature adult, but don’t ever let go of that childlike quality to take a leap, to be curious and have fun.
Being and getting older certainly has its advantages. Most of us are seeing our time freeing up and having more time to devote to self-discovery and doing things that we truly enjoy. We have more time to travel. We want to spend quality time exploring different things and getting more in-depth with our hobbies, etc. Or you may want to start an entirely new career.
As part of Curated Over 40, I am hosting a small, intimate and authentic retreat for women in Italy. “Soul Trips” will enrich your mind and soul. I call it the Soul Trip because it’s a retreat for women in Italy where your senses will be awakened and your soul will be enriched by this type of travel.
Some of us are just getting started. And once we get started – Watch Out! My hope is that you will devote the same time, energy and passion into finding joy for yourself now that taking care of others is not your main goal in life.
It is your time to shine!
And, I will be here on the sidelines, cheering you on!!!