No matter your age, along with the good stuff you can probably expect to encounter inconvenient events and circumstances now and then. For example, maybe—
* You lose your job but are still too young to retire; plus, who says you want to, anyway?
* Your life partner plans to dissolve the relationship—or perhaps dies unexpectedly.
* You're dealing with a serious health condition—or have even received a terminal diagnosis.
* Your life partner or another loved one faces similar circumstances.
* You realize that the days and weeks provide little satisfaction—or possibly even pain.
* You're beginning to feel less valued because of your age.
And so on. Meanwhile, perhaps you're realizing that, over the years, the needs/wishes of others have edged aside many (or even most) of your own. That sometimes happens when people have kids, significant others, employers, aging parents, etc., and seems to be part of the rhythm of life. But now you hear the Big Clock ticking away the time you have to be, do, or have what you want yourself.
Ready to get serious about some (or all) of those things? Whatever your needs, issues, or desires and whether or not you’re completely clear about those at this moment, there’s no time like the present to begin addressing them—one step at a time.
A good first step? Clarifying your goals and/or "destination," if those remain somewhat fuzzy. What, you weren’t expecting a trip? No worries: you’re in charge of this one, which could take you to some interesting places both literally and figuratively—or perhaps to the end of a difficult process, which then frees you up for an adventure of some kind.
Sometimes even the mere thought of a new direction unlocks possibilities to explore, and thus a new "journey." During that exploration, you may further clarify how you want your life to be—and then begin (or continue) working toward that life. As you do, you may also find yourself taking more pleasure in the one you’re living right now…speaking of win-win.
So, ready to take it on? If you answer no, please don’t try to tell
yourself that it’s because you’re too old or it’s “too late.” (If you let them, those too-late/old boxes can be killers.)
For as long as you’re breathing, you can influence your life. You can make changes, particularly to yourself, since that's generally where true change begins. You can also get things working/feeling better for yourself, if you commit yourself to doing so and to doing whatever it takes to make that happen. (And perhaps also consider the old adage about catching more bees with honey...)
Here it is: your game ain’t over until you decide
that it's over. And forget about the singing "fat lady," who might be over the top for your purposes, anyway. Besides, you're the singer yourself in this gig,
which is the good news. The other news is that whatever you need or want to do is going
to be largely up to You. But also remember that you can generally tackle
even complex projects and personal journeys step by step. (And my money's on you, kid.)