What is the meaning of being (insert your age here) to you? It is really important to think about your present age and consider what this time in your life really means. It is different for everyone but the real challenge is conjuring a response that is positive instead of saying something like, “I’m that much closer to death now.”
How you see yourself and the meaning of your life, directly affects your interface with the world and your success.
Contemplate the decades you’ve experienced thus far, how have you evolved?
- Think about your first ten years, was this full of innocence and curiosity? Perhaps you had a tough childhood; good or bad, does this child impact you today?
- What about your adolescent years, were these full of self-centeredness and reckless behavior? Did you feel entitled like the teens of today?
- Wow, the twenties; pretty crazy, huh? Do you remember the energy and courage you felt in these early years, if we could only bottle this, can you imagine? Is there behaviors from this era that still serve you in some way today?
- During your thirties, did you first start to get to know yourself? Perhaps a sparkle of clarity caught your eye?
- Were your forties favorable? Did your experiences teach you the value of energy and the need to pick your battles? Did spirituality begin to show up in your life?
- Half a century on this earth, how did this decade feel? In your fifties, did you begin to prioritize you? Not in the self-centered way of a teen but more in an intuitive, healthy living sense.
- How did your filter serve you in your sixties? Did you care less about what others thought and start living more in line with your truth?
- Ah, the sweet seventies, did you make a bucket list? Has your loved ones rallied to your side? Did you get to retire and finally gain some free time?
- The eighties, did you ever imagine you would get there? Did unessential priorities melt away while your pastime filled with peaceful retreats and rest?
- Your nineties, did you share your wealth of knowledge with the younger generations? Were you careful in how you exerted yourself?
- One hundred years, what is the feeling when you talk about this? Are you proud? You still have so much to give and to learn. You are blessed to have lived such a wonderful life and there is still so much more to come.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin shared an enlightening quote, which I believe helps put our lifespans in real perspective.
His words, "We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but spiritual beings having a human experience."
Think of a rose slowly unfolding as it blossoms; it is beautiful and delicate. Treat your life with the same tenderness and appreciation!