You see, I'm entering the most creative period of my life, a period of rediscovery where I get to recreate and form the next 50 years of my life (and yes, the stats suggest it will be that long - I'm not even half-way through). If I'm going to live it, I'm may as well do it well and enjoy it!
The first image of life is a linear progression from birth to death, a conception both embedded in and reinforced by our modern institutional environment. This image is uni-dimensional, it presupposes continual and steady growth from beginning to end, and it really only looks at the physical side of life. It explicitly denotes a competition with your peers and/or your expectations: am I ‘getting ahead’ or am I being ‘left behind’? It's a recipe for depression!
The second image of life is far older (see image below, and HERE for another article on the idea). This image instinctively speaks to us: it is as old-as-the hills (well, almost) and pretty much every great wisdom tradition uses a version of the same model. That tells you something!
Unlike the linear image where we start at ‘Go’ and end at ‘Stop’, understanding your life traverses phases, and each phase makes different demands and offers different rewards, changes your perspective (Nb. these phases are immutable and universal, meanings every human being in all cultures and at all times will progress through each of them. Though the flavour of each phase is unique, the phase itself is not).
The best place to start is to search for your old passions and re-explore them. For you that may not be painting small fantasy figurines - I'm sure you have your own adolescent passions to re-explore - but the key is to start exploring and playing a bit.
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