Where did the time go?
It seems just yesterday my son was playing in little league and my daughter was taking ballet lessons. I used to be the young woman with little kids and now I’m Ma’am or getting into the movies on a senior pass.
My tiny kitten is now a full-grown cat, my small palm tree towers over the house and my new roof is about nine years old. It’s depressing to think that time continues to move on and the years keep passing without being able to stop it.
But even as I keep aging and tearing the calendar pages off the wall, I wouldn’t change a thing. I’m feeling so much more confident than I used to be and more aware of my true direction and purpose – which is very exciting!
All my life’s experiences have changed me. Because I ran a domestic abuse program, I can now speak in front of hundreds of people without breaking a sweat and talk candidly on many topics, including the challenges of boomers and single women over 40.
Because I overcame a major health crisis, I have written several motivational books, been on TV/radio, collaborated with other professionals on workshops, seminars and online courses and even hosted a cruise for 50 single women. Could this have happened when I was a young woman, discovering my purpose and full potential?
Probably not. I needed to experience many challenges, both in my health and career and also work through much adversity before I came to where I am today.
You, too, can feel empowered and look forward to many exciting years ahead.
Think about the events of your past and decide if it didn’t make you a better, more diverse person who is strong and determined. Perhaps the questions below can help you reassess where you are now, since the insights could be transforming.
Did a previous hardship make you determined to enjoy life now?
Can you look at that hardship as a stepping-stone to bigger and better things?
Was that challenge something you are actually grateful for?
Are you a better person because of it?
Would you have it happen again if you had a choice?
Would you have experienced your personal growth if it weren’t for this challenge?
If you answered yes to most of these questions, you are using your adversity to propel yourself forward. You are using that life lesson to shift your focus to where you want to be, rather than on what you don’t have. In other words, you are looking forward to creating the best person you can be and to experiencing all the riches you deserve.
Read more posts by Amy Sherman here. Amy blogs for JenningsWire.
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