Life is Good!
After raising my two kids on my own for the better part of 14 years, I was fortunate enough, at the ripe old age of 45, to marry a man who genuinely wanted to take care of us, rather than the other way around. Life was finally getting better.
Although we had some rough spots, such as when my husband sort of took over the better part of the kid’s chores much to my chagrin, they both became very responsible young adults.
I say this because shortly before I turned 50 both my kids moved out and started taking responsibility for their own lives. As a single mom I would say that my main goal was to raise responsible young adults who could find and navigate their own way in the world. And when it happened much sooner than I expected, I felt like my life was a success. Now what?
Well, I’m in my mid 50’s now and my babies have been gone a few years. I still think about them daily, but “worry” is no longer my main mindset because I know that they can handle anything that comes their way. What a HUGE weight off my shoulders. I swear, this is one of the better parts of being older!
The next best part is that now I have time to expand upon my own interests and conquer other challenges that got put on hold while I was in the “creating adults” chapter of my life. It’s like I’m finally able to take the time to continue “growing up” and discover who I really am. Luckily I didn’t put the “learning” part of my life on hold. Of course, I didn’t realize all this at the time I was living it, but looking back now I certainly do. So now that I’m over 55, life is not only good, it is great!
I still work full time, but since I’m sleeping better than I had for the past 20 years (because there is no more daily worry), I now have more energy and more time to try new things. As if that’s not enough, the bonus part is that I accumulated patience, experience and knowledge over those years, all of which are skills that enable me to try those new things are just aching to get out. I’ve created some interesting websites, explored a few new business opportunities and I’m writing like a crazy lady: My favorite book, “Shifting to the Business of Life” was published in March of 2015, then “Letters from Boot Camp” came out in November of 2016 followed by a couple others.
Yes, Life is good! And actually life is great now because through all of my “harebrained” ideas, I’ve got the perfect husband who supports and encourages me every step of the way!
As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Janet M. Nast