As 2017 draws to a close, I want to wish you the best of the holiday season and a wonderful New Year!
What will the New Year look like for you? What might it hold? What do you hope for?
Will it be another year that flies past? Or can you plant a seed of change so that you can grow happier, healthier, stronger, kinder, more free to pursue your dreams?
All it takes is a little imagination and the courage to dream, and the spirit to try things. But how to start on your new path? Good friends and wise counsel help.
My friend and executive coach Walt Sutton often talks about"adjacent possibles." Look for what you can do, what's possible now. Start there.
In my late 40's, in midst of a crazy busy time juggling demanding work, family life, childcare, and eldercare, I decided that the second half of my life was going to be different. I had to change. Welcome: My life reimagined moment. There was much that I could not change at that time, but I did commit to taking care of myself and started to change in the tiniest increments. I started meditating, and exercising, and eating well, and over a decade later, I have a new life because I changed.
Yup, I know... it happens all the time to all of us... by choice or by circumstance, in big ways or small ways, we change and adapt... but sometimes, we do so with great intention and purpose.
If you want to learn more about the idea of your life reimagined, here are a few resources:
Life Reimagined: Discovering your New Life Possibilities, by Richard Leider and Alan Webber (2013). This book provides an overview of the concepts, tools, and process for discovering new possibilities in life. There is also a corresponding AARP website with resources, tools, and additional information.
Life Reimagined: The Science, Art, and Opportunity of Midlife, by Barbara Bradley Hagerty (2016). The former NPR correspondent uses her life experience through various midlife transitions and challenges to highlight changes in and for the second half of life.
Designing Your Life, by Stanford professor Bill Burnett and Dave Evans (2017). This is a quick and easy read that can be helpful for people of any age trying to create the life they seek..
Whatever you age or circumstance, you can improve your life in a way that you find important to you. Just explore your possibilities! It's a matter of identifying what's important now, and pursuing it with intention. Re-envision a new way to live, with a sense of purpose, and you might find an unexpected sense of fulfillment.
One great way to get started on reimagining your life is to join me in the winter quarter offering of my "Midlife Through Retirement: Catalyst for Change" class at North Seattle College. Classes run January 24 through February 28, Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:30pm. Please join me!
Thoughts for creating success in the second half of life.