By the time we reach the "autumn" years, many of us have observed (often, more than once) how abruptly the good times can yield to challenging events and circumstances. Perhaps you've experienced or are experiencing that phenomenon yourself. 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. Perhaps, as well, you're realizing that the "imperatives" of others have occasionally edged aside your own. That can easily happen when we live in a world of differing 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.
Does any of the above speak to you? If yes, whatever your needs, issues, or desires and whether or not you’re 100-percent clear about those, this might be a good time for some serious consideration. Moreover, whatever you may decide to move ahead with, you can do so one step at a time. Cool, no?
A possible 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’d be 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'd begin (or continue) working toward that version.
So, do you think you might be ready to take something on? If you answer no, please don’t let the reason be that you think you're too old or that it’s “too late.” As
long as you’re breathing, you can likely influence your life in some way.
For example, you can make even small changes to yourself, which is where broader change tends to begin, 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 in a nutshell: your personal game needn't be over until You decide
that it's over. That's the good news. The other news is that whatever you need or want to do will likely be pretty much up to you. But you knew that already, right? Besides, you can tackle even difficult goals, projects, or personal journeys step by step.
In fact, if you take even the first one, you might be pretty pleased at where it ultimately leads. Plus, if you listen verrry carefully along the way, you could hear some distant (or maybe not-so-distant) cheers...which you will richly deserve!
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