Have you ever been struck by the question, “Am I living the life I was meant to live?” Wondering if how you’re spending your time is truly what you want to be doing with these precious and vital years?
Do you worry that life is passing so quickly you might not get to realize your dreams, live your passions or create the life you’d imagined?
Several years ago before my “baby” left to live in New York and the whole empty nest reality began to sink in, I had an awakening that I was standing still—watching life march on. I became aware that I needed to figure out next steps for how I was going to live out my own life.
Besides raising my children I’d been heavily engaged with the regimen of my private practice for the past thirty plus years. While I had a thriving private practice and I knew it was a privilege to work with people on this deep level, I found myself wanting, needing something more.
The unknown terrified me and continues to—but so did the idea of not living my life the way I longed to. I recognized that these are legacy years. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others on a large scale and at the same time I needed more flexibility in my personal life.
This meant taking some huge risks and stepping into the abyss of the unknown.
Have your ever taken that leap not knowing where or how it will play—but the feeling is so strong you just have to go for it?
Most people when facing big transitions feel paralysis, then gripping fear. Sadly this stops us from moving forward and instead we choose to stay in our comfort zone.
This is why the number one regret of the dying is the wish to have had the courage to live a life true to oneself—rather than living up to the expectations of others.
If you’ve got a dream that’s gnawing away at you and you find yourself gripped with fear—then I suggest every time you think about that dream you take some deep belly breaths and one small step to move you forward.
Start a daily practice of visualizing how you want your life to look and feel during these vibrant years. Eventually you might just find yourself taking the leap—and moving on to another kind of life.
I’m telling you this because these are your vital years and everyday counts! Every single day is an opportunity to create the life you’ve always longed for.
I’ll pose this question to you and perhaps it will jumpstart your own journey to fulfillment and greater joy. “What is it that you want to do with your “one wild and precious life?”*
I’d love to hear your thoughts about your dreams and desires.