You’re never too old to do anything that you want to do!
If only we had assurances that it was all going to be OK.
It is important to remember that the second half of your life is just as important as the first half. It maybe even more important because you now have more experience and time to enjoy things.
Looking back at ourselves when we were younger with all our anxiety, it would have been more comforting had we been told that we would be happy, have successes and failures, but we can and will recover from anything we face. Life would deliver us many surprises both good and bad, but we would find our way.
It would have smoothed our anxious heartsand helped us to face our future with more optimism.
Is it time, whatever age you are at, to have that conversation with yourself now?
Fear of the unknown is a basic fear that we all share but instead of viewing the future and growing old with trepidation, perhaps we need to rethink our mindsets to view it as a time of new beginnings, freedom and peace.
The common perception is that it’s all downhill at 45 with the second part of life being the worst half.
You may have more aches and pains but you also have so much more life experience that the second half could be played even better than the first.
When thoughts are usually concerned with retirements, dementia, healthcare costs and our general health what gets overlooked is how to reframe ageing in a positive light so the doom and gloom of decline doesn’t become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
You are never too old or too off path and it is never too late, to begin again.
Anything you ever wanted to do in your youth but were unable to because of whatever the reason was can now be approached and conquered.
Our fear of ageing could be that we view our parents’ decline as our designated path, but as we are now living longer, we can rewrite the rules, our attitudes and beliefs.
So what reassuring pep talk are you going to give yourself today to ensure a hopeful and happy tomorrow?
Here are some “coaching” questions to get you started:
- What would you like to change in your life?
- How do you envision living the second half of your life?
- What obstacle(s) would you have to remove to make this happen?
- How would your life look to you if you were you were able to rewrite your future?”
- Why is it important to you to do this now?
- What actions are you ready to commit to in order to make this happen?