Something happens in our forties. We suddenly realise that we have not paid attention to our own needs or what makes us happy. Society says we have to stick to the routine we had through life. School. University. Job. Family. This is the way we have been conditioned . Anyone going outside of this norm is frowned upon.
Do you ever wake up one day and realise that what you are doing does not inspire you anymore? You have become bored. You go through the motions of getting up, going to work, coming home as if on autopilot. You have got to a point where you have stopped living. in fact, you stopped doing what drives your passion.
Suddenly one day we wake up and realise you want more than this.
Some may call this a mid life crisis. However, I prefer to use the term awakening. A crisis is an unstable or dangerous situation in a world we thought we knew. A world where we had everything figured out.
When we are young, we think we can conquer the world. Then as we finish school and move into the working world we automatically settle into a pattern of life which society expects. Suddenly it all changes as if overnight we wake up to the strong sensation stirring inside of us.
Deep within our sub conscious mind the hazy, grey layer of fog lifts. No longer are work, laundry or other society expected tasks important. We begin to see the world differently and it hits us that there is more to life than conforming to society.
We look inside ourselves and start to ask questions.
- Who am I?
- What drives me?
- What makes my heart come alive?
- What are my passions? My interests?
- What do I really want out of life?
Yes, it is scary to look deep within ourselves to find answers to these questions. We may get mad for letting our passions disappear. But when we do, a whole new desire awakens us. One that we cannot ignore.
So maybe 40 is the new 20. An age when we realise how important it is to no longer just leave a mark on the world, but to discover what gifts we have to offer it.
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