midlife change

The past decade has been a time for personal reflection and growth. I've learned many important lessons and gained new insights, probably more so than in any other decade. I often find myself saying, "If only I knew then what I know now."
Perhaps you have a talent or interest you've been afraid to acknowledge and pursue. Now is the time to reach out towards those dreams that you thought had passed you by years ago and finally access your authentic self.
My father taught me how to swim in the shallow waters of Long Island Sound. I tried to relax as he supported my seven-year old frame with two arms. At first, when he slid them away, I crumpled, going under. Eventually though, under his patient tutelage, I learned how to trust the water would buoy me.
Put dating in perspective and see it for what it is: not just a chance to meet new people, but as an opportunity to reconnect with your authentic self.
In my 50s I looked at the walls around me -- marriage, work, lifestyle - and wondered if they were keeping my life together or keeping life out. I know people who seem perfectly content with their lives. That ain't me.
Taking a chance and getting back out there may sound like a good idea, but time and timing play pivotal roles.
Passion, purpose and possibility after 50: does that describe what you're looking for? Well, your timing couldn't be better. Something big is just beginning that will help your quest; how we think about this stage of life is dramatically changing.