The Third Act, or You’re Not in mid-life any more, honey!
The Third Act. It’s when things happen to advance the story and if it’s gonna happen, it needs to happen in the third act.
This is for those of us who are retired or close to it. Who’ve raised kids, lost kids, been partnered, not partnered, arried, divorced, widowed. Started careers or never had the chance to even begin.
Here we find ourselves in this funny-odd time of life when we see an aging face looking back at us from the mirror that weirdly reminds us of our mothers and grandmothers. Many of us do not have grandchildren and even if we do, the enrichment of our own lives cannot help but enrich theirs by example. Gosh, ladies, there is still time to reach for the stars!
It’s women like you in life’s Third Act I hope to encourage. You, whose dreams I hope to inspire making them into your own stories.
And I still want to accomplish something. Something more and maybe different. What else can I accomplish in this third age of life?
I wanted to DO something different. I wanted a challenge of my own doing, not just challenges brought on by life and circumstances.
Is there something that I didn’t pay attention to earlier for one reason or another. And now I’m listening to my heart tell me that there is more. I am not finished, I have something to contribute, a talent that was latent or not encouraged. Like Pres Bush?
aspire to inspire women to tell their stories
Especially women, who like me, are in what I call the Third Act.
I didn’t make that up…. I heard it somewhere. But it sure does so perfectly describe this time of life.
Do your days run together one after the other, the only differences being the sun rising and setting? Then the weeks fly by, months, then years? Would you like to build a little bit of intention into these super-sonic fleeting moments?
Do you have your own creative space at home? Want to develop your space while I make mine?
Do you check in daily with yourself? Why, you ask. The results can be pretty awesome when you do.
How about a few ideas designed to get your body moving to maintain that all-important mobility.
We grew up in the days of food chemistry… and many of us are paying a price for harmful diets of overly processed and manufactured foods. I love potato chips, don’t get me wrong, but my aging body doesn’t need those at all. I’m into whole foods these days.
Have you read my story about the dial here inWhat we have in common?
Have you felt that scrumptious bit of tension when turning the dial? It’s a safeguard to protect us from turning it accidentally or impulsively or too quickly. What about the feeling of the little click at each hashmark so we have a sense of how far we go in either direction. That was only about a thousand times more satisfying to do than touch touch touch touch pads.
Leave it alone or move it a bit. Sounds like a crossroads. Was it Yogi Berry who said if you come to a fork in the road, take it?
My fingers itched to feel those little clicks. They still do except instead of clicks I’ve learned to regularly be aware of ways to creatively enhance life. It may be as simple as acknowledging the rain, or my feelings, or thoughts of others. Those acknowledgements might lead to action once I identify if and where I want to go and how to get there. Then I take the first step. Click. This is how I move in new directions within my life.
If we are lucky life gets comfortable. We go on autopilot to enjoy the calm. We don’t want to touch the dial.
So how do you know if you are in a state of peaceful bliss or in a rut?
But if you are in this time of life when there may not be a “later”, and if you desire change or experiences. Or recognize goals that should be met. What’s holding you back? Is it fear to move that dial “or else”? Is it comfort keeping the dial settled into the same slot so you never have to think differently?
bad habits may stem from a life of too much familiarity where we don’t think. Buy the same foods at the grocer, cook the same way as always,
I can only speak for myself. think that over-familiarity can cause us to delve more deeply into poor habits of over eating, not excersizing.
What’s easier? Sitting and watching morning TV out of habit or reflecting on a forgotten or skipped over goal. Reflecting might put some tension on your dial.
If you need a nudge to break out that old box of paints,
or encouragement to try something new that might be a little bit of a challenge or outside of your usual wheelhouse,
if you love your life but sometimes you want to turn up the volume just a tad,
if you need an encourager to cheer you through changes and challenges,
you’ve come to the right place.
If you love houses and design and art and rain can we be friends?
a can’t do attitude, or pessimistic thoughts
But sometimes we don’t change a thing because it just seems like it’s too big.
out of unjustified fear of change or pessimistic thought habits that or fear that something will mess up no matter how small the mess up might be. It’s enough to stop us in our tracks.