Lesson No 3 really resonated with me - “Risk everything—and reap the rewards”. We only have this one life to live, so why not really “live”? Some of the most rewarding moments of my life have come from change and disruption. I also love too we are talking about this in terms of it being an “awakening” instead of a crisis. Let’s start framing it in that way which is so much more positive. Mid life doesn’t mean the end of life - we still have lots of miles to go! Who else feels this way?
I think this is a super important topic. It seems like a good majority of my friends my age (40’s) are going through some kind of huge life transition - divorce, separation, kids leaving the house, career changes - and I think that society puts a really negative stigma on making changes in mid-life, as it’s something unstable or some kind of mental health issue. I think it’s the opposite. It is healthy for people to evaluate where they are in life in their 40’s. This is the time. You want to be taking stock and evaluating your life in your 60’s? We should be embracing this time of self discovery and make it ok for people to want to be different and better versions of themselves instead of stigmatizing it. It has been a few years of navigating a divorce (a super amicable and good one), self exploration and growth for me to get to this incredible place where I am right now, but I feel so blessed that I had this opportunity to redefine the second half of my life.