I love my blogging friends, Women Over 50 who are supportive of each other as well as writing about their experiences and lifestyle in Midlife & Beyond.
For #MakingMarchMeaningful I asked some of them what brought purpose and meaning to their lives. As always they inspire me and I’m excited to share their answers with you. This is Part 1 of a three-part series.
What brings purpose & meaning to your life After 50?
I don’t have to be Wonder Woman to have value
Leanne Le Cras from Cresting the Hill
I’ve been questioning my purpose and priorities a lot lately because I’m in the midst of a work-life upheaval.
Over the last few years I’ve soldiered on through a storm of mental stress and tolerated bad behaviour because I wasn’t brave enough to put myself and my needs first.
In the process I lost focus on what my purpose for Midlife is. I was holding on because it seemed like the best choice – but really it was because I was too scared to risk leaving and facing what that meant for me and who I assumed I was.
My wake-up call has been to recognize that working under that level of stress, at the expense of living my best life, is just wrong. Getting back to choosing to live in the “now” and respecting myself and my values is giving me to courage to step away from the madness and to begin living a calmer life again.
I don’t have to be Wonder Woman to have value.
I originally thought leaving meant retirement, but maybe it means re-thinking and re-prioritizing.
It’s time to get back to basics and making decisions grounded in who I am – rather than worrying about what others think, or what they’re doing with their lives – I’m choosing to let go of comparison.
Moving on from my not-so-perfect job and being at home for a while in a calm, safe environment, putting my needs first and choosing joy is what will bring sanity and meaning back into my life – along with some kitten snuggles and coffee dates and blogging buddies!
It’s really all about discovering again what I need to do to be happy and whole so I can contribute to others without being drained dry. I’m really excited about launching off into a new direction and being true to myself
The Gift of Freedom
Donna Connolly – Retirement Reflections
It can (sometimes) be easy to rattle off our ‘life’s purpose’ when we are raising our families and/or engaged in careers that fill us with passion.
But what about when the nest is empty, and the retirement banner has long been taken down?
What then offers us direction, influences our behaviors and makes us get out of bed in the morning?
For me, it is the remarkable gift of freedom.
Freedom to choose, to act, to be, not because of a job description, or societal expectations, but because of my beliefs – because of who I have become.
The gift of retirement has given me the opportunity to be more myself than I have ever been before.
My commitment is never to squander this privilege – but to cherish and nurture it. I am grateful to Sue for inviting us to join in with her on #MakingMarchMeaningful.
Evolving, learning, growing and being genuinely thankful for each and every day – what could be more worthwhile? I hope you’ll join us here.
Morning Lists, Social Interaction & Nightime Gratitude
Jan Wild – Retiring, Not Shy!
I like to start my day with a to do list (hopefully one I put together the night before). This gives me a sense of purpose and helps me to make sure I have meaningful activities during my day.
For me meaning comes from my interactions with others, be that my partner, my family, my online community or my affiliate partners.
In trying to be the best I can in each of those interactions, I can find my sense of meaning. If I feel that I have helped in some way then that is a good day.
At the end of each day just before I go to sleep I also like to mentally note 5 things I am grateful for, this in itself reminds me that my day has been meaningful.
The Loss of a Loved One Reminds us that Life is Indeed Short
Min Gillespie – Write of the Middle
The recent loss of my much-loved father has been a life changing wake-up call and reminder that life is indeed short, and we need to make the most of each and every day and do what we can to bring peace and joy into our days. We need to get our priorities in check, perhaps by conducting a bit of a life-audit whereby we keep and nurture what is important to us and ditch all the unnecessary things that cause us stress or angst of some kind.
Rather than putting pressure on ourselves to find our passion and purpose I believe in following our curiosities and interests and seeing where those take us. I also believe that gratitude is the key to keeping us on track.
Practicing gratitude is as simple as finding one thing in each day that you are grateful for. You can choose to document this or not but if you do you may like to write it in a journal or if you’re a visual person like me, you might prefer to take a photograph.
By practicing gratitude, you’re drawn into the present moment, your awareness and mindfulness are increased, and positive emotions are magnified as you notice the beauty and wonders around you.
Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions – Zig Ziglar