But, I’m kinda glad. It’s given me more time to mull over what we discussed in the post where I let you do all the writing HERE.
I sooooo enjoyed hearing from you! Thank you!
But wow guys… we have more in common than I even realized.
While many of you shared individual stories, the main theme throughout the posts I heard over and over again was,
“Where did the time go?”
“How did I end up at THIS age?”
“I haven’t found me yet, yet I’m retired…”
If I told you how often I felt that very same thing, it would blow you away.
Honestly? I feel like I’ve only just begun. 🙂
Allow me to explain…
Every single day, we all wake up with the same amount of hours before us. Some of us have put our dreams on permanent hold due to putting others first. I think that’s a given for many… we care for others first before ourselves.
Because I was the main provider for my family, I didn’t really have any other choice but to work outside the home.
One extra I did do though, is listen to the deep stirrings in my heart. I hated my day job, so I poured my heart into my passion job once home.
So, I just kept going. And going and going. Surviving one moment, then living the next.
Early on, those stepping stones didn’t have any place. They just were part of my everyday. All I knew was, I needed to work by day, and at night, I needed my passionate life, or I’d quite simply die inside.
I burned the candle at both ends for 8 long years, until the needs of my family called me home permanently. What a blessing I didn’t have to make that decision! I just had to leave the day job and be where I was needed. The end.
I had no idea at the time that all those early stone placings would become a stronger path with an actual destination.
And now… here I am. I’m doing this blogging thing… and it’s a really good thing!
But yet, every day, I still ask myself, “Is this exactly what I’m suppose to be doing?”
I also know the reason I have those ponderings. It’s because when you are willing to grow, you know what you do today may lead you down other paths tomorrow.
Wandering is hard, but wondering is a little exciting… can you see the difference?
Here’s a stirring that keeps me awake some nights. I have an inkling that one day I’ll be doing some far off travelling, and will be writing about those adventures along the way.
The interesting part about this vision? It changes. What I thought was going to land us in a summer town a few hours away from us? That’s already changed. And when I know what in blazes I’m talking about and this idea is in full bake mode, I’ll be sure and share! But I think the oven’s still trying to warm up… 🙂
But whatever… I’m willing to roll with any new punches that come my way.
So! If I haven’t done my new thing today yet, how on earth will I know what tomorrow will bring?
You can’t know what tomorrow will bring, because we aren’ there yet.
But what you do today, can change your tomorrow.
There’s only one thing for sure. If you change nothing today, everything will likely remain the same.
And if you’re striving to break out of the same ‘ol, well…
So… if you are one where you are questioning what on EARTH are you suppose to be doing with yourself? I’m right there along with you, but with an excited spring to my step. Because although I appear to be on a pretty decent path, I’m totally willing to go out on a (safe) limb, and see what else transpires!
I think you are right where you need to be. With one exception.
Don’t allow fear to stop you from trying new things beyond your comfort zone. You may be holding yourself back from your next big step!
Try new things every day, believe in yourself, ask for help along the way, and above all else, enjoy the ride to wherever life takes you.
I often scoffed at starting my life all over again ‘at my age’. And that’s when my good friend Dan would give me the stink eye, and say,
“I beg to differ! I’m older than you, and every day I do something new, which takes me to new places…”
Just maybe… by doing the very things you love, your next step is already staring right at you…