Boomers are adjusting to the fact that we are aging. Weren't we going to be young forever?
The desire to find meaning, and the desire to leave a legacy become more important as we transition into mid-life and beyond.
There is no better time, than now, to regain control of the most important things in life - your dreams; and to focus on exactly what you want to do.Boomers, whatever you have done and wherever you have been your entire life has been building to this moment and to what you choose to do in the second half of your life.
Are you aging gracefully, adapting to a changing world, and discovering the meaning for your life?
Three ideas to ponder as you transition into mid-life and beyond.
Regain control and focus on your transition.
1. Be aware of your thoughts:
Reprogram all negative thoughts. Be aware of where your thoughts are taking you. When you ‘hear’ yourself or other baby boomers saying things such as:
- “My best years are gone”
- “I can’t learn new things”
- “I have a poor memory”
- “I am too old”
- “I do not like all this new technology”
STOP! Do not go down that road.
Rephrase each thought immediately by saying:
- “I am excited to learn new things”
- “I am ready for an adventure”
- “I have a great memory”
- “My age is a number not a condition”
2. You have not lived through all you have lived through just for it to be over.
As a boomer in your 40s, 50s, or 60s you have lived through many experiences. You have stories to tell!
You have stories about many aspects of life:
- sorrows and joys with children and teens
- job loss
- new jobs
- careers starting and ending
- finances – anywhere from rock bottom to great
- health, illness
- and much more
The point is not that many things happen in life, but how you keep going that determines who you are and what will happen next. It is up to you how you use your experiences to transition into retirement, or whatever you want to call the next chapter of your life.
3. The best is yet to be.
You have not missed your chance, it is not too late. Some things have ended, that is true, but something new is beginning. Your youth has ended, but you now have an opportunity to discover the true meaning of your life.
Baby boomers cannot tolerate the thought that everything was for nothing. If you are a little depressed that you are no longer young, be ecstatic that you are no longer clueless!!
You have learned many things and have much to share.
Author and speaker Marianne Williamson says it this way:
“Whatever powers we might lose with age are small compared to the powers we stand to gain. There’s a profound satisfaction in finally giving up something meaningless, for no other reason that that we did it to the max and now we’re ready to move on. Midlife is about surrendering things that no longer matter, not because our lives are in decline but because they’re on an incline. Traveling upward, we simply let go to some baggage. Maybe there’s more natural wisdom in what’s happening to us now than we think.”
If you enjoyed this post and would like to read more on this topic, I recommend Marianne Williamson’s book The Age of Miracles Embracing the New Midlife.
You can purchase the book here.
Here’s to embracing the new midlife,
P.S. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.