I started this blog within days of Steve Jobs’ death and then made the decision to leave it for a while to allow the words in the above quote to sink in and perhaps clarify what they mean to me in my life. Here is my perspective.
What can we learn in midlife from this man? His life was cut short by illness yet his legacy will live on for generations. He defined so much. I have read numerous quotes, articles and watched videos about the life of Steve Jobs over the past few weeks. Some demonise, some glorify. I’m sure he wasn’t the easiest of men to live and work with….. are you or I? 😉
One of the headlines that appealed to me the most was “Born out of wedlock, adopted at birth, dropped out of college, then changed the world. What’s your excuse?” How often do we blame our past experiences for where we find ourselves in life right now? Have you chosen to take responsibility for your own life? Yes, that means taking responsibility for the sh*t as well as the good times.
Don’t lose faith he tells us…….
- how many of us are at the end of our tether?
- How many of us aren’t where we wanted or even expected to be by this stage in our lives?
- Do we feel overwhelmed by our responsibilities and see a bleak future ahead of us into midlife and beyond?
You know it’s never too late to find out what you love and incorporate it into your life somehow, somewhere? Do you believe that’s possible or do you believe what I’m saying is a whole load of crap?………. do you have an ‘it’s alright for some but not for me’ attitude? Only you can answer that question and I urge you to be honest with yourself when you do if you want to live the next half of your life with passion and inspiration. Your choice. Re-read the blog I wrote earlier in the year, this is my story of renaissance.
He said facing death as a reality puts everything into perspective….. you cut out the rubbish and focus on what’s truly important and nothing else. What is stopping us from truly grabbing life, the second half of our life and living it?
You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers.
You want to know something? On our deathbeds it’s highly unlikely that we’ll be saying I wish I spent more time in the office, or more time with people who made me feel miserable, or doing work I hated or in a relationship that was past it’s sell by date…… and far more likely it’ll be things like I wish I’d spent more time with those I loved, taken more risks, followed my heart, listened to my intuition and my soul. If you want to do a little exercise, do just that, take yourself in your mind to the end of your life and spend some time wondering what you’ll be thinking if you change nothing in your life…………Are you feeling good? Or are you thinking it’s time to make some changes?
If you haven’t found it yet……keep looking. DON’T SETTLE.
A very dear friend said to me that she was incredibly blessed in having experienced true love – the real deal, twice in her life. When my world fell apart after a love affair she told me in no uncertain terms that I should never ever settle for anything short of The Best, The One and to keep looking until I did. And that is now my plan in both love and work! Have you settled for something short of The Best in your life?
If not now when?
What’s your perspective? I’m prepared to be ‘one of the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently‘ in order to live the second half of my life on purpose. Are you?