“So you really think you could do a better job?”
To this day I regret holding my tongue and not saying “well, I could hardly do a worse one!”
They were affronted, disgusted, angry and in some cases, vengeful.
Because I was 38 years old when I made my stand and it was around then that you probably did too.
“I felt like I was stepping out of my own skin…”
It’s a bit like a second birth, the birth of the second half of life
For me, and virtually all of my clients, this period at the end of the 30’s was challenging. Personally, I felt alone, stressed and unsure if I had what it took, but I also felt I had to do it because there was no-one else coming!
Quite a number of my clients have experienced serious illnesses in this period - an experience that quite literally forced them to make an honest (sometimes radical) reassessment of what was important to them, in some cases including whether they wanted to be alive at all.
So what can we make of all this? Why is it useful to know?
Understanding what happened in these years, and who you chose to be about it, is important if you want to understand who you really are and what you really value or, to but it more esoterically; your life’s purpose or soul’s journey. The bones of your Leitmotif (the recurring theme of your life) are never so close to the surface as they are in these years so exploring them, and how you chose to ‘meet’ them provides profound insights into the kind of life that will give you real joy and satisfaction for the long second-half (for many of us, up to 60 more years!).
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P.S Whenever you’re ready to look at new ways to take charge of the second half …. here are here are four ways we can help: