Perhaps you, too, have experienced what appears to be one of Life's "laws," this one decreeing that the good times sometimes yield to inconvenient events and circumstances. For example, maybe...
* You lose your job but are still too young to retire; plus, who says you want to?
* Your life partner wants to dissolve the relationship—or perhaps dies unexpectedly.
* You're dealing with a serious health condition—or have even received a terminal diagnosis.
* An intimate partner or other loved one faces similar circumstances.
* You realize that the days and weeks provide little satisfaction—or perhaps even frustration, etc.
* You're beginning to feel less valued because of your age.
And so on. Meanwhile, perhaps it also seems that, over the years, the needs/wishes of others have tended to edge aside some of your own. That can easily happen when we live in a world of sometimes conflicting needs and wants. But now you may 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 of those things? Or maybe all of them? Whatever your needs, issues, or desires and whether or not you’re utterly and 100-percent clear about those, there’s no time like the present to begin addressing them—one step at a time.
A good first step? Laying out a single goal: a "destination," so to speak, even if it remains a bit fuzzy as yet. What, you weren’t expecting a trip? No worries, because 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 may then free you up for an adventure.
Sometimes the mere thought of a new direction unlocks possibilities to explore and, thus, a new "journey." During that exploration, which may or may not involve some work with a counseling or coaching professional, you could further clarify how you'd like your life to be. Then, you begin (or continue) working toward that version. As you do, you may also find yourself taking more pleasure in the life you’re living right now...speaking of interesting paradoxes.
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.” As
long as you’re breathing, you can likely influence your life in some way.
For example, you can make changes to yourself, which tends to be where broader change begins, anyway. Plus, you can often get things working and/or feeling better for yourself if you simply commit to doing whatever that takes...and then following through. (Bearing in mind the old adage about catching more bees with honey, right?)
Here's how it looks to me. Basically, your game ain’t over until You decide that it's over. And forget about the singing "fat lady," because you're the singer yourself in this gig. That's the good news. The other news is that whatever you need or want to do is going to be largely up to you. Still, you can generally tackle even complex projects and personal journeys step by step.
Ready to take the first one? You might be pretty pleased at where it ultimately leads.
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