Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Give thought to what's ahead

If you're over 50 years of age, you're nearing the point where there are more years behind you than ahead of you. Since I'm well over 50, I'm fully aware of this fact. And it's okay.

Sometimes when I say this to others, they think I'm being morbid. I don't see it that way. It's realistic. And I actually see it as healthy and hopeful to be aware of this—and to think about what it means. What it means to me is that I don't want to lose time doing things that are meaningless to me. I don't want to waste time holding grudges and not speaking to someone I love. I want to be conscious about my choices.

I want to make good choices so that time will be as happy as it can be—and so the legacy I leave behind for my children, grandchildren and others I love will also be a happy one. I want to make choices about how my time is spent rather than simply sleepwalking through life. I want to live my life as authentically as I can, as true to myself as possible. It's really more than a simple bucket list. It's about how I live out this last stage: Do I want to see my glass half-full or half-empty? Do I want to live in gratitude? Or do I want to get agitated over every little thing that isn't how I think it should be? Do I want to let go and forgive? Or do I want to keep carrying old baggage? You get the idea.

Do you know what you want for your next life stage?

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