Each of us creates a unique belief system and reality. The speed and direction of your journey are determined by…Y.O.U. No one else. Nobody else’s footsteps lead exactly where you are going. No matter your age, it’s time to choose your own Path!
What’s important is that you know where you’re going. Otherwise, it’s easy to fall into following someone else’s footsteps.
Your Mom was an attorney, so you went to law school and became an attorney. Your Dad was a brilliant engineer; he encouraged you to attend Stanford’s program (just like he did) or Georgia Tech and you did. All the women in your family are teachers, stay-at-home-Moms, or administrative assistants…you didn’t challenge the pattern. Now you’re retired or very close to retiring. Is it time to identify whose footsteps you’ve been following, and decide to follow YOUR path…finally, follow YOUR Path?
Most of us, especially we women over 50, find ourselves having re-lived patterns that were not our own true choices. Suddenly, it seems, our careers, lifestyles, and life choices no longer support who we are at our core.
Of course, we always had (and still have) the option to make different choices. But, life happens, doesn’t it? Five years turns into twenty; toddlers become successful adults with toddlers of their own; 30th and 50th High School class reunions are attended. All of a sudden, we realize we have more years behind than ahead of us.
Then the 2X4 hits our cerebrum: “This is MY life, too”.
Yep, suddenly we realize nobody else’s footsteps lead exactly where we are going! Yogi Berra said, “when you come to a fork in the road, take it!” Many of us come to that fork well after our 50th birthday! Sound familiar?
If your life to this point has been lived mostly in other people’s footsteps, consider this challenge: take the fork in the road!
Making any change requires different thought patterns. You’ve heard THIS before: change is an in-side job.
Does that thought make your heart beat a little faster? If you put a blood pressure cuff on right now, will it read higher than usual? No matter our age, change can be frightful. When we grow older, and we’re used to living the…