Right now there’s millions of women, just like you and me, entering the second half of their lives. What they really want at this point of life may not fit with what society tells us they want, or with what you and I really want. We are each different, after all.
So often, society looks at midlife women as just aging, menopausal, empty-nesters with graying hair and wrinkles. Yet, us middle aged women know we are so much more. Can we be concerned with fine lines and turning the big 5-0? Absolutely, but it doesn’t need to define who we are.
Since starting Cool Bean Living, I have spoken with many midlife women about their views regarding positive and successful aging experiences. They have not only shared their amazing journeys, they have also revealed their hopes, expectations and goals for the second half of their lives.
What I’ve learned is that midlife women are looking forward to this time of their life as a time of rebirth. It’s a time to explore new areas of interest. A time of opportunity to be who they really want, and the freedom to savor it. They spoke of the lessons they learned along the way, the wisdom their experiences have granted, and the ability to look ahead and accept new challenges. And, shocking as it may seem to “society” – many of these women are actually looking forward to growing older and enjoying the gifts that come with age.
While everyone agreed that they weren’t yet ready to be labeled as old ladies, not all the women I spoke to had a clear vision of their future. They didn’t have goals laid out. They were unsure with which direction to take. Some even felt they had been so wrapped up in the family they had raised that they lost their own identity along the way. We alone determine our worth and can decide which path to follow in the second half of our life.
What about you…what do you really want for your second act? This, of course, is not a simple question. To help determine which path would be the best for you to follow, answer the questions included on the worksheet below.
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By recording your answers, and re-reading them several times, you should begin to see a future path present itself to you. Don’t worry if something doesn’t jump out at you right away. Walk away from it for a while and revisit it a few times, you’ll be surprised at what you may learn about yourself.
The worksheet is designed to help you find what’s important in your life – your passions, your priorities, and your desired purpose. It’s time to realize it, and begin living it.
After completing this exercise, did you have success learning which path you should be following? Did you see a purpose you hadn’t considered before? Please share in the comments below.
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