Midlife is a time of great awakening if we allow ourselves to believe so. I’m not sure how many women realise this. I think too many are on the treadmill of life and don’t stop to look up and breath let alone stop to smell the roses.
Let this be the sign that perhaps you didn’t even know you were looking for!
How many dreams have been put on the back burner? How many delicious plans did you have when you were in your 20s or 30s and even 40s?
I keep a journal and every couple of months I set aside some time to write my ‘I dream of…’ pages. I write in the present tense which keeps the focus in the here and now. It excites me and inspires me to do this. I write down some wild and outrageous dreams as well as some much more seemingly reasonable ones. It opens my mind. It widens my horizons. When I do this I let go off all the thoughts and doubts and fears that hold me back. It frees my thinking. It’s like playing make believe as a child…..except I’m much wiser now and know that the things I focus on, the dreams I keep uppermost in my mind are much more likely to happen because I’m going to work towards them (NB this works for negative thinking too so beware!!)
Diana Nyad swimmer and journalist is audacious, she is fierce and an incredibly resilient woman. She lives life in a bold way. I have watched the talk she gave at the TED conference many times and each time it lifts me up. She swam from Cuba to Florida at the age of 64. Nobody had ever done it. Nobody had ever come close, she had tried a number of times. She continued to dream despite failing.
‘Find a way’ is her mantra for living. So perhaps we can use that if what we truly believe in the dreams we write about.