I’ve had an epiphany recently that I feel compelled to share. I’m a mid-lifer. I’ve spent 20 years building my career, life and a great marriage to the Frog. However, about 2 years ago I was suffering. My passion for my job had simply evaporated, and I was lost for where to go from there. When you’ve been in the same profession for half your life, change seems daunting.
The good news is, it’s really not. It’s enlivening, energizing and in the end will add 10 years to your life. I decided after years of contemplation that it was time to stop playing it safe and take a risk. A big risk. I quit my job, started my own company and completely changed myself. I went from being a suit wearing, high heeled, high maintenance woman to a jeans and t-shirt, long haired hippy girl. I no longer wear make-up, nylons or heels. I found to my astonishment that I hate them all. And I hear all the time, “You look great. What’s your secret?!”
It’s really simple, I love my life. I love that the Frog, who is cautious by nature, said “Go for it!” when I wanted to start working on my own. I love that I don’t live in a cubicle farm anymore. No more overhead TMI phone conversations, infectious diseases and office politics. I love that when I finish a project there’s no one to share credit with. What I think I’m getting at here is that if you have a dream, follow it. Don’t sell the t.v. and just run after it. Be prepared ~ pay off your debts, save some money, and learn how to live in last year’s clothes. But don’t be afraid. It’s wonderful out here on the edge!