WHY REINVENT YOURSELF, NO MATTER WHAT AGE?
I am so excited to be back! It has been such a long time since I have written a blog because it just did not feel right. My life was stagnant and I was not living my best self. I tried to find positive things to write about on occasion but nothing inspired me. Going through the motions, if felt it would be unfair of me to try to put a positive spin on my situation when I was having a difficult time self motivating. I knew it was time to reinvent myself. If you know anything about me, you know that I am always exploring ways to grow. I am usually searching new ways to enjoy life and bring that positive energy to others around me. So, this “dark” period felt very different and strange to me.
When I could no longer create motivation and inspiration within myself, I knew it was time to make a change. A BIG change! I needed to feel that zest for life again. You know, that flow of excitement you get when you are experiencing something new and challenging! For me, I knew it required a major career change. Not everyone has to make such a drastic change to feel alive inside but I knew the timing was right for me.
I am in my late 40’s (48yrs old to be exact) and I have always been a very hard worker and loyal employee. In some people’s eyes, I have even obtained great success throughout my career and my life. I, on the other hand, still feel I have so much more to give and larger career goals to obtain. I have come to embrace that burning feeling inside of me as a positive and not as an anxious feeling of not doing enough. Those emotions I feel keep me growing and learning and allow me to explore and experience new things. Why not reinvent yourself in your forties?
I may never reach my ultimate goals but I am enjoying the journey. I will be honest, my goals seem to change quite often. Not in different directions but they build on one another. I embrace the strategical part of aspiring for bigger things and discovering ways to reinvent.
I am certainly not the type to be satisfied. Do not get me wrong, I appreciate what I have accomplished and the life I have built but I do not think I will every quit striving to see what more I can achieve. If you are anything like me, reaching your fullest potential is almost an everyday undertaking. I want to see how I can better myself as a career woman, mother, wife, and friend. I do not always accomplish what I set out to complete but that is what makes us all human. We get back up the next day and try again.
Exploring, reinvent, and trying new things is what makes life interesting. Especially now in my late forties, I want to discover talents I never knew I had. Maybe “talent” is a strong word, it could be something I enjoy doing that I never tried. At this stage, who cares if I am that good at it as long as it brings me pleasure and I discover a new skill I did not know I had. How fun is that?
There are so many things we had to do throughout life that did not necessarily bring us happiness but we did it anyway because it was our duty to our children, spouse, boss, and community. We owe it to ourselves to get out of our comfort zone and do things we have always wanted to accomplish or discover new and exciting things we never knew were available to us. Each day brings a new adventure and we need to embrace it!
They will not always be good days but let us take advantage of the opportunities when they present themselves. If they do not present themselves, let us go out and find them. It is our time now to really soak in what life has to offer. We did our “time,” now it is our opportunity to reinvent ourselves. Let us overcome those obstacles that have been standing in our way and conquer those life dreams. It is time!