When is the last time you sat still, quieted your “monkey chatter” mind and attempted to manifest the vision you held for yourself… when you were 16 years old!
I guess a better question is “Do you remember who you were when you were 16, 18 or 20?” For me that was forty-five-plus years ago and until about ten years ago I can honestly say I had lost touch with that young, driven, inspired woman of my youth; totally forgot about the vision I held for myself back when I could be and do anything I set my mind to.
Not being one to follow convention, I married right out of high school at the ripe ol’ age of 18 and went to college a couple of years later in Southern California. It was the late 60’s and early 70’s, times were changing (we thought we were changing times, didn’t we?!) and for several years every day was an exciting new adventure.
Eventually “Real Life” caught up with me; financial responsibilities, making a marriage work, building a career, building a house, learning to be a Mom, participating in PTA, scouts, Little League and soccer, contemplating success…and failure… Real Life took over. And, I lost my vision for ME. Actually, I lost ME altogether. I didn’t realize it: The process was v-e-r-y s-l-o-w. The result was a feeling of gradual emptiness.
Sound familiar? I know my experience is not unique.
Who do you see when you look yourself in the eye? Deep in your Soul, your vision is still there. What were you going to Be…and how close have your come?
One of my best friends knew since fourth grade that she was going to be a teacher. She held to that belief, built her plans around that belief and she became a teacher. After retiring she discovered that she had an entrepreneurial spirit and launched her own successful company. Was that entrepreneurial nudge always there but she ignored it all those years…or is her after-retirement-success built upon lessons she learned about herself and experience she gained as a teacher?
A young woman my son dated in high school was going to be a doctor: twelve years later, she’s working as a check-out artist (aka: Cashier) at the local grocery store. I wonder if she’ll ever rekindle that high school vision and pursue her dream? It’s not too late, for her or for you.
I have discovered that the greatest joy in the world, and the greatest gift I can give to my family, my friends, my clients and the Universe is to Be Me. When we, especially we women, hide our gifts deep in our hearts and souls, when we don’t allow the Light of our authentic lives, our special gifts, to shine we experience a v-e-r-y s-l-o-w loss of ourselves.
Understand that I am not advocating major lifestyle changes. I am encouraging you to begin to excavate that 16 year old young woman who still lives in your heart. Begin a conversation with her…yes, that sounds weird, but it’s not. Sit quietly in the bathtub, close the door, light a few candles, put on some music from your teenage years and begin to recall a few of your dreams, ideas, aspirations, crazy plans. Start to manifest your vision by remembering it!
Begin to create a space of time a couple times a week when you can have conversations with your enthusiastically inspired Self. And, do this: Create a gap when you think of all the reasons you “can’t do” the things you were going to. Stop the negative thoughts like “I’m too old”, “I can’t do that now”, “My husband (or kids, or grand kids) will think I’m nuts”. (FYI, my grand kids call me Crazy Granny Zada…and I love it!) Instead of listening to those voices in your head saying “you can’t”, create a gap by envisioning what you looked like and how you felt when you created the visions you’re re-visiting. Embrace those feelings. Listen to the music. Smile. Feel inspired again.
You can manifest your authentic life. Let me tell you about these women:
- Iris Rubinfield helped her husband build a successful manufacturing company. When he passed away, she suddenly found herself at the helm. Nearly three decades later, and in her 80s, she has transformed it into one of America‘s fastest-growing private companies.
- Like millions of women, Lisa Gable was often frustrated by falling bra straps. So, at age 70, she designed a solution and launched an intimate apparel company. Fourteen years later, at age 84, she’s still at the helm — and her Strap-Mate can be found at Nordstrom and other major retailers
The Second 53 Years is a place to allow your Divine ideas and creative intuition to flow. I encourage you to stretch the limits of your thoughts about yourself.
Google some women you admire. Read about the obstacles they overcame to succeed. Mary Kay Ash used her last $5,000 to launch a little cosmetic company…that certainly worked for her: Talk about manifesting a vision!
The most important thing you can do with your life is to be yourself.
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