My biggest goal in life is to live with passion and to discover new passions along the way.
In the first half of our adult lives, we are constantly defined by our relations to others such as parents, children, spouses, and bosses.
In the second half of our lives, we can choose to design a new identity. We have the time and the options to find and follow an undiscovered path to our passions.
My research and observations tell me that mature women, those 50-something’s, some nicknamed “Cougars”, have truly taken possession of the second half of their adulthood, and I love being part of that group.
We’re bold and passionate, bursting with vitality and, yet, joyfully mellow.
Age brings its own brand of insecurity. Do you ever feel that women over 50 become invisible to some men? Some men over 50 seem to be looking the way of the younger, thinner, blonder type. (Maybe they have the same worries about their passionate lives as we.)
At first, we may think we can no longer attract a man’s attention…even our own man. Some introspection focused on the positives can help that fear fade.
If we look around, we begin to see celebrated women such as, Raquel Welch, Helen Mirren, and Diane Keaton held as the epitome of “middle-age”. This is a giant signal with flashing lights that we need to embrace the perks of being our age.
What are the benefits of our age?
We have what younger women have, and more!
- We have energy, enthusiasm, wit, passion, drive and wisdom.
- We have more control of our lives, a deeper confidence, a soul-soothing, inner harmony.
- We are amazingly imaginative when we need to develop a network of companionship, fun and purpose to sustain us.
Now is the time to intensify our other attractions.
If you look inward and find no sense of mastery, no belief in yourself, don’t despair! Passion and mastery can be created. Challenge yourself with a specific action, something new you’ve never done before.
Recruit a support system, including those who love you. The experience of succeeding and the positive feedback from your supporters will be the final step in securing the belief that you can create a new identity, one that will liberate you.
With this reawakening of ourselves, we become fortified for whatever lies ahead. Life throws us curves, illnesses beset us or those around us, beauty fades, age takes our loved ones.
Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never turn his back on life. –Eleanor Roosevelt
Curiosity must never die. When one door closes, another opens. We have to have the courage to walk through the door without looking back.
We can tap into the skills and talents that have lain dormant, unused. We can search for meaningfulness. We deserve lives full with quality — great emotional and physical health, relationships that enhance our being, a purpose that helps us grow.
You don’t have to be over 50 to adopt this way of living, either. Anyone at any age is capable of bringing more passion into their life.
Living with passion should be on everyone’s life list, right? My passions keep me learning something new everyday! That’s most of what makes up my Life List!
How do you live your life with passion? Tell us about something new you’ve tried recently. Is it on your Life List?
Be sure to come back on Friday! The fabulous Sonia Medeiros will be here to enlighten and entertain!