“The Second 53 Years” podcast, web site and blog have been building in my mind and in my heart for twelve years…
It was 1992, when I was fifty-three years old, that I chose to begin living my Authentic Life.
At that time I had been married 34 years. Our son was grown and married. Our lives, from all appearances, were abundant and happy. We were workaholic entrepreneurs with all the things hard working people were supposed to have; nice cars, beautiful home, profitable businesses, annual vacations, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
There was a lot going on underneath the façade, and the bottom line is that I was not happy. I was living my husband’s life, not my own. Yes, it was a good life…but it wasn’t mine.
I began a Journey into personal growth and change. Frankly, my family was not happy with the “New Me”. Most people don’t want their family members and friends to change because it’s uncomfortable for them (the friends and family)…they knew us and liked us the way we were!
Wayne Dyer said “When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change.”
That’s what really happens when we change the way we look at things. The things we look at change.
Many of the daily and life patterns I had developed and accepted were no longer tolerable to me. My circle of friends morphed. I developed my Spiritual side. I wanted to start a business of my own.
I had grown; my husband had not and we eventually divorced. It turns out that the highest divorce rates are of people over 50. I understand that statistic. I understand the fear and emotional upheaval of finding yourself single over 50. My parents raised me with rose colored glasses…I only expect the best.
I often say that I intend to live to be 106….my first 53 years were for everyone else, these 53 are mine!
I had never lived on my own; I married at 18…out of my parents’ home into my husbands. Living alone was my first major adjustment. And I discovered I loved it! This is when I began doing something new every week. It was a great adventure!!
My parents used to say I was never a “kid”, I always took things too seriously. (Go figure, I was the oldest of 7!) I made up for lost time at 53 and 54. Workaholic became Playaholic; I traveled, pretended to build a network marketing business; did what I wanted to do. Built up tremendous debt, and had a lot of fun doing it!
Finally, reality set in. I came back to center, paid off my credit cards, bought a little tiny house on a little tiny lake and created the life I love.
Now I’m a few years from retirement and it occurs to me that I haven’t planned well for that Reality. Turning 65 was an eye-opener for me…a reality check. So, now I’m venturing into a new arena…building retirement income through podcasting and guiding other women along the paths they choose after the age of 50.
I have a five year plan for my current entrepreneurial adventure to generate enough revenue to replace my current salary. I love my job, and I’m in no hurry for it to end. I also recognize my need to Create.
I invite you to follow my Journey through the web page, blog and podcast. I promise not only to share the joys and triumphs, but the fears and setbacks, too.
I invite you to share your Journey, your stories, your ideas, joys and miseries, too. We are on this Journey together, we 50+ women and we can serve as support, encouragement and sounding boards for each other.
Do you find yourself wide awake at 2 a.m. with a dull ache in the pit of your stomach?
Do those memories of missed opportunities and forks in the road not taken haunt your Soul?
Would you enjoy being part of an exclusive group of 50+ year old like-minded women who are moving from Where they are to Who they are?
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