What will you do with the remainder of this one precious life?
Over the last 6 or so years in midlife, as I’ve transitioned through peri-menopause into post menopause, a lot has changed.
It all started with reaching the age my dad was when he died (47). This birthday catapulted me into truly coming to terms with my own mortality. What if I only lived a short life like my Dad? All those dreams I saw for my future life as a teenager (but never managed to attempt or achieve), began to bubble up through the maze of my crazy fluctuating hormones.
Midlife crisis or midlife reinvention? Still not exactly sure. First a marathon, then half ironman triathlons, hiking mountains, surfing, a solo adventure to a Greek island to celebrate my 50th, a full ironman triathlon, speaking on numerous podcasts and many other little things that I had always shied away from through fear and lack of confidence. I’ve probably achieved more in the last 6 years than I did in the previous 30.
But over the last few months, I’ve spent a lot of time contemplating again. Now what?
Undoubtedly at least half my life is over and what do I want to do with what’s left?
Initially, I imagined I would have grand plans but life has a way of showing us the way forward. Several things have happened within my life over the last few months that have highlighted what’s important to me.
My core values are family, health and lifelong learning.
So, that’s where I’m focusing my energy going forward. I’m prioritizing my family more, working on new health habits (for me, mainly creating more balance in my movement, nutrition, mindfulness – less extreme stuff and more sustainable long term health practices) and continuing with my love of learning by enrolling in new courses and broadening my skills in menopause health in particular. I hope to share my knowledge with other midlife women.
Such simple things but I’ve come to appreciate that in the end, it’s the little things in life that are what truly make me happy and content.
What about you? What will you do with the remainder of your one precious life?