Article by Wendy McCance
I don’t know about you, but I am big on review and improve as a lifestyle. What I mean by this is every now and then I take some time to think about where I’ve been, what put me there, where I want to go and how I will make this happen.
I have my biggest revelations and attempt to reestablish myself when I am nearing another chapter in my life (the 10 year and change movement).
When I was 20, the whole world was opening up for me. My 20’s represented freedom.
My goals: Find the job that will allow me to move out on my own. Actually move out on my own. Go to school. Get a little out of control and celebrate this new found freedom.
As I neared 30, fear took over in the form of, oh my god what have I been doing with the last ten years of my life? It’s time to get serious and really grow up.
My goals: Find a career not a job. Have a savings account and 401k not just an account to pay the bills. House, marriage, baby etc… Settle down and be a grown-up.
Nearing the big 4-0 was horrifying. Did I accomplish all of the things that I felt I should have up until now?
My goals: Get rid of all of the extra bills and simplify my life. Spend more time on hobbies and friends. Find a new level of peace and contentment. The heck with what seems realistic, try anything and everything I’ve always on some level ever wanted to do.
So here I am in my 40’s. Almost half way through and much braver, stronger and fearless than ever before. I have had so many major moments of disappointment, trials and tribulations that I don’t sweat the small stuff anymore. Heck, I don’t sweat the big stuff as much either. These days I just jump in with a stubborn view of I can do anything and go after it.
It seems like I have come full circle in that I had the same fearlessness when I was a kid. Years of reality smacking me in the face and throwing me through a loop made me timid and rather cowardly for a while. Somehow I found my way back to where I began and I am racing forward towards everything I want. Everything is possible and nothing seems too hard. My only hesitation comes in the form of impatience. I want it all now and find that I need to slow my brain down to give my actions a chance to get to where I see myself heading.
I can’t wait to see what will be important to me in my 50’s or even 60’s, but the journey towards my future is full of excitement and anticipation.
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