Perhaps you’ve been waking up early, driven by some nascent desire to weave your wisdom together into a legacy. Who are you to have a “legacy”? You are the culmination of all that you have seen, experienced, created and lived, that’s who.
If you find yourself drifting off, wondering about the purpose of your life so far and how you will incorporate this body of knowledge into your current reinvention, this article is for you.
Radical Shifting Undercurrents lead to Synthesis
At 49, I learned how to drive a motorcycle and took it out into the mountains west of Seattle. Speeding down country roads at 60 mph, I began to see possibilities stretch out before me….
(The ideas were forming, but still in the embryo stage.)
At 50, I got the courage to enroll in writing classes and dedicated space for listening to my own voice. I began the process of writing my inspirational and practical guide to life entitled “Experiments in Living: Creative Solutions for Reinvention”. After moving to Chicago, I started the Midlife Reflections for Women Meet Up Group, which eventually grew to have 76 members and a vibrant community of evolving sisters.
(Inspired by locker room chats with women in transition, one day I just posted my idea for a MeetUp group online. Within 48 hours, 60 women had signed up! Like hanging on to the back of a dragonfly, I ran with the idea and discovered how to lead our growing group by osmosis.)
At 51, I began to fully step into my power and experience Right Livelihood. After 15+ years of working as a Business Writer and Career Coach, I realized I had supported 1000’s of clients in their process of clarification and finding work/life balance. Working with these brilliant students and professionals from across the globe, I began to connect the inherent qualities and behaviors that contributed to their success.
(Like you, I was intensively involved with work/family/life and not really seeing any pattern to my personal or professional process. In actuality, the overarching theme had been there all along and I just had to “see” it.)
Now, at 53, after years of clients telling me how my pragmatic/soulful solutions inspired them to effect change, I am channeling these reflections into writing and the creation of INSPIRATIONAL Training Events where participants immerse themselves into the concepts of Experiments in Living and Paths to Reinvention.
(From a seed to a forest, the process of listening to our inner callings and cultivating our visions is our “spiritual homework”. Exploring our passions takes courage, but it is worth it. Taking this Road Less Traveled can bring us unexpected joy, integration and satisfying, “full circle” moments.)
Freedom to experiment, evolve, grow, risk, climb, question and synthesize.
If you had asked me if I considered myself a leader or a powerful person who could empower others 4 years ago, I would have emphatically said “NO!” I saw myself as an introvert, a woman who read 5 books a week and a career coach who worked better with clients one on one.
In spite of this, I often had visions of speaking in front of crowds, leading transformational events, or publishing my writing. These dreams felt completely out of my reach. I had no idea how to go from my current self/life to this new reality, how to access my innate gifts and incorporate them into a total reinvention.
I knew I had a lot to say and that I needed to find a larger audience that those sitting at my dining room table.
So, what happened?
Midlife. Physical and mental shifts. Life changes. My son’s new-found independence. My husband moving to Tokyo for a year for work. Time and space opening up. Courage to take the big leap without knowing what was on the other side.
Looking back now, I can see that each experience led to the next and that the path had been laid before me. The Universe has a path for you too. All you have to do is show up and take the first step.
From Sidelines to Center Stage.
“In order to become leaders, we need to have faith in ourselves. We need to inspire people and share the confidence we have in our own abilities. We need to swallow our fears and begin to make decisions based on our visions and goals.” Sue Shellenbarger – The Breaking Point
In this moment, I give you permission to make your own mark on the world, to create the reality that you dream of living, and to unearth your true potential. You may not feel that you need permission, but many of us do. We are so responsible in our lives, after all. The journey towards self exploration feels like something we should have done in our twenties.
It is not too late. In fact, it is exactly the right time. The world needs to hear what you have to say about business, politics, health, philanthropy, the arts or your community, Perhaps there is another topic or cause that reappears during your quiet reflection, when your family is fed, the bills are paid, and the kitchen sink is clean.
Stop. Listen. Engage. Act.
Today is the day to step into your power and unleash the dragon within. Add your voice to the choir. Don’t worry about the outcome or the long term implications. Just trust in yourself and in the process. Know that you are a seed about to grow into a forest.